Stay right on the water at these hotels, holiday homes, and holiday parks
A trip to Port Stephens isn’t complete without plenty of time spent soaking up the views. While most accommodation in Port Stephens is pretty darn close to the water, sometimes your getaway calls for a spot right on the water’s edge.
Here’s our guide to waterfront accommodation in Port Stephens, so all you have to do is roll out of bed and step foot on the sand.
All apartments at Amarna Resort have full views of the bay, and the resort is just metres from the shores of Dutchman’s Beach – talk about waterfront. Whether you go for a walk along the nearby coastal track or simply swim in the pool and admire the views, Amarna Resort is a lush Port Stephens stay.
Where: 16 Christmas Bush Ave, Nelson Bay
Opening in Soldiers Point in late 2018, Bannisters is the ultimate spot for a luxury getaway in Port Stephens. While all the rooms are gorgeous, if you’re after true serenity, make sure you book a room with an ocean view. All that’s left to do is unwind with a glass of wine on your balcony, and take in the views over Port Stephens Bay towards Mount Tomaree. Plus, it’s only a short walk down to Wanda Beach from the hotel.
Where: 147 Soldiers Point Rd, Soldiers Point
With Hamptons-style interiors that ooze relaxed coastal luxury, The Anchorage makes the most of its position on the waterfront at Corlette – there’s plenty of room options with views of the water. With an onsite restaurant, a day spa, and two heated swimming pools onsite, you’ll hardly feel like leaving The Anchorage on your stay.
Where: 26 Corlette Point Rd, Corlette
Holiday homes and Airbnbs
Crows Nest at the Marina
Crows Nest at the Marina is the only accommodation available in this enviable spot in Nelson Bay. Perched right on D’Albora Marina, enjoy views over the bay, plus cafes, restaurants, and bars right on your doorstep.
Ebb and Flow
Located right on the shores of Corlette, Ebb and Flow is an architecturally-designed family home that’s tucked away from the hustle and bustle. The flow from indoor to outdoor is seamless across both levels, so you really get the most out of Ebb and Flow’s waterfront location.
Kingsley Beach House is just a short stroll from the beach at Boat Harbour, making it a dreamy getaway in this sleepy Port Stephens suburb. This Hamptons-style home has an open plan living, kitchen, and dining area that connects to the deck, so it’s ideal for entertaining on your laidback holiday.
This spacious 5-bedroom unit in Nelson Bay’s Weatherly Close offers direct beach access via a walking track through the leafy reserve. It’s a nice quiet end of Shoal Bay Beach, with spectacular views and calm water that’s perfect for paddle boarding.
Reflections at Sunset Beach
Reflections at Sunset Beach in Soldiers Point has just about everything you need for a family getaway to Port Stephens. The newly-renovated house is right on the water, with plenty of space for 10 people. It’s also a short stroll to Soldiers Point Marina, for when you want to venture out.
Salt at Shoal Bay is an ideal spot for a family getaway, not only because there’s plenty of room, but because it’s super close to all the action in Shoal Bay. Located directly opposite Shoal Bay, the low key but sophisticated interiors stick to a consistent palette of neutral tones, allowing for the views to be the centrepiece.
Where: 83 Shoal Bay Rd, Shoal Bay
Catering for up to 10 guests across four bedrooms, Talm Beach House is an oceanfront haven in Anna Bay. Think lots of natural light, soft textures, and warm tones – the house feels deluxe yet relaxing and comfortable at the same time. It’s just steps away from the ocean, so you can swim and surf to your heart’s content.
Where: 8A Birubi Ln, Anna Bay
The Helm is a block of apartments with an ideal location just a stone’s throw from Shoal Bay Beach. You only need to cross the grassy reserve and you’re on the sand at the western end of the beach.
Tree Tops at Sunset Beach
Another beautiful spot on the picturesque Sunset Beach at Soldiers Point, Tree Tops is an open plan apartment that is, as the name suggests, hidden among the trees. Not only is the water right at your doorstep, but the popular Pearson Park is right next door – perfect for picnics and letting little ones run wild.
Fingal Bay Holiday Park
Come summertime, Fingal Bay Holiday Park is the hotspot for families enjoying a beachfront getaway. If you’re not up for camping, don’t stress – the park has a number of villas, ranging from budget to deluxe.
Halifax Holiday Park
Nestled between Little Beach on one side and Shoal Bay Beach on the other, Halifax Holiday Park has you covered no matter your accommodation preference, with options ranging from campsites to luxury villas.
Ingenia Holidays One Mile Beach
Ingenia Holidays One Mile Beach has got caravan sites and campsites as well as villas, so there’s plenty of options to suit your holidaying needs. Stroll over One Mile Beach, which is great for swimming at the southern end.
Koala Shores Port Stephens Holiday Park
Stay at Koala Shores Port Stephens Holiday Park for a taste of the underrated Port Stephens locale of Lemon Tree Passage, on the Tilligerry Peninsula. Surrounded by bushland and with absolute water frontage, there’s plenty to do with the family at this picturesque holiday park.
Shoal Bay Holiday Park
Shoal Bay Holiday Park is a super popular spot for families when the weather starts warming up, especially since it’s just across the road from Shoal Bay Beach. Not only is this holiday park great for the kids, it’s also dog friendly (with restrictions).
Situated right at the tip of Soldiers Point, Thou Walla Sunset Retreat is home to self-contained villas and glamping tents that are great for people who want the proximity to nature that camping offers, just without the camping. Chill out on your very own deck as you watch the sun go down over the bay.