The Resort: Ramada Resort Shoal Bay
Ramada Resort Shoal Bay is an idyllic holiday haven overlooking picturesque scenes of white sandy shores, pristine sparkling waters and stunning natural parklands. Located just 30 minutes from Newcastle Airport, Ramada Shoal Bay is ideal for everything from a romantic break to a family friendly escape. It has to be seen to be believed. The resort provides a range of accommodation options with the choice of one, two and three-bedroom apartments located across seven accommodation buildings, some with stunning water views.
Ramada Shoal Bay features a lagoon-style swimming pool with children’s wading area to entertain the whole family and guests can hire a bike and explore the surrounds on two wheels. Renowned for its stunning natural beauty, Shoal Bay offers activities from fishing and dolphin watching trips to whale watching cruises (seasonal) and a number of water sports. Wine and dine at the on-site Shoal Bay Country Club throughout your stay with an option of breakfast at the Mermaids café or lunch & dinner at the restaurant.
One-Bedroom Spa Waterview Apartment
- Bed size/type: One queen bed
- Standard occupancy: Two people
- Maximum occupancy: Two people
Two-Bedroom Waterview Apartment
- Bed size/type: One queen bed and two twin beds
- Standard occupancy: Four people
- Maximum occupancy: Four people
Three-Bedroom Bayview Apartment
- Bed size/type: Two queen beds and two twin beds
- Standard occupancy: Six people
- Maximum occupancy: Six people
The Area: Shoal Bay and Port Stephens, NSW
Though it is home to famous sights like Australia’s largest shipwreck and the expansive sand dunes from the Mad Max movie, Port Stephens is still one of New South Wales’ best-kept secrets. The small coastal region boasts photo-worthy scenery thanks to its sandy landscape and pristine beaches, which offer many ideal vantage points for spotting migrating humpback whales during the winter and spring months. A family-friendly destination like no other, the Port Stephens region is awash with cute cafés, water and land-based activities and a dose of fresh seaside air.
Located on the northern side of the port is Hawks Nest, a slow-paced village flanked by expansive lakes, rivers, bushland and East Coast shoreline. Hit up the region’s famous sand dunes for hours of fun, whether it is a hike, 4WD adventure or simply sliding down the sandy slopes. Then hit the beach, river or lake for myriad water sports or a simple splash around.