The Hotel: Oaks Lure Port Stephens
Oaks Lure Port Stephens is a luxurious resort in the heart of Nelson Bay in New South Wales. Located an 8-minute walk from Dutchies Beach, 3.9 km from Tomaree National Park, and just 40 minutes from Newcastle Airport, this modern resort makes for an ideal base for couples and families looking to make the most of their Nelson Bay holiday. Holidaymakers can enjoy a swim in the lagoon style swimming pool including children’s wading pool or make use of outdoor BBQ facilities. After a busy day exploring all that the Nelson Bay area has to offer, take a stroll to an assortment of beachfront restaurants and cafés and treat the family to a sunset dinner.
Travellers staying in hotel rooms or two-bedroom apartments can enjoy home-like amenities and soothing decor. The resort’s spacious self-contained apartments boast kitchens, separate living areas with flat-screen TVs, and most have sheltered balconies with tables and chairs. Groupies can toast their break with a bottle of wine and hit the snooze button a bit later on the last day thanks to the late 12pm check-out.
- Bed type: One king bed or two single beds
- Standard occupancy: Two people
- Maximum occupancy: Two people
- The room features bathroom, air conditioning, tea- and coffee–making facilities, and microwave
- Bed type: One king bed and one queen bed or one queen bed and two single beds
- Standard occupancy: Four people
- Maximum occupancy: Four people
- The two-level apartment features furnished balcony, full kitchen, living area with flat-screen TV, and a bathroom
The Area: Nelson Bay, NSW
With dolphins and whales among the line-up of locals, the coastal town of Nelson Bay offers brushes with nature without living Tarzan lifestyles. Boasting beautiful beaches on one side and magnificent hinterland on the other, Nelson Bay is a land where Mother Nature is at her breathtaking best, offering golden shores, coastal walking trails and lofty, picturesque views in a relaxed setting.
Take a wander along the beach, marina or laidback main street. Adventurous folk tick desert exploration off their bucket list at the famous Stockton Beach sand dunes, where they have the opportunity to enjoy sand-boarding, quad-biking, camel rides and more. All the while, take in the glimpses of historically notorious shipwrecks out at sea. Once-in-a-lifetime experiences are delivered in the form of dolphin and whale watching cruises, where humpbacks are commonly sighted between May and November.
Those with nothing more than romance on the cards keep themselves happily occupied over the course of their stay with a trip to Gan Gan Lookout at sunset or a romantic dinner cruise. Getawayers keen to take advantage of the nearby vineyards spend days hopping between cellar doors, stopping along the way to try the fresh, local produce at the restaurants and cafés scattered about.