Play Bowls in Port Stephens

Ever thought about just getting away for the weekend and trying your luck with a sport that you never thought you would enjoy. It is funny how many times these types of sports get misinterpreted as being for the ‘older’ generation, although nowadays the sport has become more popular amongst a mixture of generations.

Port Stephens New South Wales offers a wide variety of locations for bowls to be played amongst the many bowling clubs throughout the region. The best thing is you do not need to be a serious bowler to play bowls; the clubs are open to anyone the only thing they ask is that the greens are taken care of and not destroyed whilst you are playing.

Most bowlers are serious and its their life so throughout the year many tournaments are played which require players to travel from various places such as Newcastle, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and are stuck with the dreaded option of deciding where they can stay, well we here in Nelson Bay have all the answers, stay at the exclusive Beachside Holiday Parks with your choice of three different parks to choose from all within reasonable distance to the bowling clubs throughout the district.

Soldiers Point Bowling Club is one of the most sought after locations in the region boasting fabulous views, with some greens sheltered so you can enjoy bowls all year round.

Right in the heart of town Nelson Bay has a stunning bowling club with annual tournaments held here, this bowling club is in close proximity to Halifax Holiday Park, a short 15 minute stroll where you find an abundance of accommodation which is suited if you are travelling alone or in a group, the park has all the facilities you will need.

Another stunning option about choosing Beachside Holiday Parks is that we have locations where you would never think to look; Fingal Bay has one of Port Stephens most popular bowling clubs, with the bowling greens not to be missed. Fingal Bay Bowling Club is located a mere 300 meters from Fingal Bay Holiday Park making it a convenient location for all players and spectators. With accommodation to suit this park is designed to meet all your needs whether you are travelling alone or in teams Fingal Bay will be sure to give you a helping hand.

Beachside Holiday Parks are there for the people and will go above and beyond to make sure your stay is a pleasant one.

ps. you’ll love it xx

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Fingal Bay Bowling Club


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Soldiers Point Bowling Club
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Nelson Bay Bowling Club

Fishing in Port Stephens

Port Stephens waterways and beaches provide excellent fishing opportunities.

From estuary fishing to blue water game fishing for a variety of enthusiasts, the Port Stephens area offers excellent beach, rock, estuary and offshore fishing opportunities where anglers have the chance of catching a wide variety of fish including tailor, kingfish, Australian salmon, luderick, snapper, bream, whiting, leatherjacket, flathead and mulloway. Port Stephens also provides excellent freshwater fishing opportunities.

Fishing Rules and Licences
When fishing in NSW waters, both freshwater and saltwater, you’ll need to carry a receipt showing your payment of the Recreational Fishing Fee. This applies when spear fishing, hand lining, hand gathering, trapping, bait collecting and prawn netting or when in possession of fishing gear in, on or near these waters. You can apply for a Recreational Fishing Licence online. The fee is $7 for 3 days, $14 for 1 month, $35 for 1 year and $85 for 3 years. You can pay the NSW recreational fishing fee at hundreds of agents throughout NSW such as over the counter at most fishing tackle shops. You can also pay the fee at some caravan parks, local shops and service stations, many Kmart stores, online or by calling 1300 369 365.

NSW fisheries officers routinely patrol waterways, boat ramps and foreshores advising anglers about responsible fishing practices and ensuring compliance with NSW fishing regulations. Fishcare volunteers can also be found at boat ramps and on the water in dedicated Fishcare vessels, advising anglers about responsible fishing practices and distributing saltwater fishing guides and sticky rulers. Information on bag and size limits, fishing closures and legal fishing gear can be obtained from the website, or by visiting your local tackle shop. When fishing in NSW waters, both freshwater and saltwater, you are required by law to pay the NSW recreational fishing fee and carry a receipt showing the payment of the fee. Detailed rules and regulations.

Recreational freshwater fishing guide.

Recreational saltwater fishing guide.

Tide table for 2015/16

Fishing Maps and Spots
A deep, natural harbour, Port Stephens is situated approximately 210km north of Sydney and provides anglers with all aspects of holiday fishing from handlining to superb game fishing. Every type of estuary fish can be caught from many locations but local knowledge is helpful in deciding where to fish. Some of the best spots are Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest, Karuah, Lemon Tree Passage, Soldiers Point, Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay, Broughton Island and Tomaree Head through to Anna Bay.

Tea Gardens on the northern arm of the harbour, is famous for the size and quantity of luderick taken in the channels. Black bream are also prolific in this area.

Hawks Nest boasts both beach and estuary fishing. The headland at Yacaaba has top rock fishing for tailor, snapper and jewfish. In the estuary, leatherjacket, bream and luderick may be taken.

Karuah in the upper reaches where the Karuah River flows into the estuary, bream, whiting and luderick are taken in the shallows. Boat anglers will encounter flathead, sole and flounder. Also a good spot for blue swimmer crabs.

Lemon Tree Passage, these sheltered waters are ideal for boat anglers seeking flathead, bream, whiting and luderick. In deeper water, squire and jewfish can be taken.

Soldiers Point is a top spot for whiting, especially from November to January when they are particularly plentiful. Off the tip of the point, Middle Island is a ‘hot spot’ for snapper and jewfish.

Nelson Bay and Surrounds, boat anglers will take plenty of whiting in summer. The rocks at Fly Point are a top bream and luderick location. Flathead, bream and whiting can be taken from Little Beach. Shoal Bay During February and March, Shoal Bay is a base for game fishermen who head for offshore Broughton Island in search of marlin, shark, snapper and kingfish. Shore-bound anglers will take flathead from the beach and bream at Nelson Head.

Broughton Island, at Esmeralda Cove allows fishermen to stay overnight and fish at dawn and dusk, the prime times at the island. Groper, rock blackfish, snapper and kingfish can be taken from the rocks. In the deeper waters around the island, game fishermen can try for marlin, shark, kingfish, bonito, tuna and Spanish mackerel. Tomaree Head to Anna Bay Zenith Beach, Box Beach, Fingal Bay and One Mile Beach all offer excellent beach fishing. Whiting in season, large tailor and jewfish from headlands, and top catches of snapper, trevally, rock blackfish (drummer) and bream are made along this coastline.


Tackle Shops

Tackle World Port Stephens, 100 Magnus Street Nelson Bay 49842144 Tackle World is a specialist tackle shop established by one of the leading local fisherman, Brent Hancock. Located in the heart of the Nelson Bay shopping precinct and just around the corner from D’Alboras Marina and caters to the need for superior fishing equipment and fishing supplies. This weeks news.

Duffs Salamander Bait and Tackle, Coles Express Service Station, 163 Salamander Way Salamander Bay 49820711 for all your fishing needs, from fresh bait to rods, reels and apparel and advice from local fishermen on the local hot spots, tips & hints from a true local fisherman. You can get fuel for the boat, ice, bait & all your fishing needs at the one place! they sell fresh, brined and frozen bait and a long list of fishing accessories. Open 7 days 6am- 6pm (5am Sat. & Sun.)

After a hard long day of fishing you are probably wondering where can I stay, unwind and relax ready to start again early in the morning. Well in Nelson Bay stay at one of the premier locations amongst the Port Stephens Beachside Holiday Parks with four parks to choose from, all in close proximity to Port Stephens best known fishing and recreation spots. After you have caught these fish you are probably wondering, where am I going to cook these? Well here at Beachside Holiday Parks we have it all for you, in close proximity to the water we offer a range of various accommodation packages to suit your purpose, from camping, caravanning, cabins to resort style accommodation, cook in the self catering cabins and villas or utilise one of the many FREE BBQ areas around the parks.

Our parks are designed to attract the attention of any person alike, whether you are travelling with a group, family or alone we can arrange the accommodation to suit.

With three Beachside Holiday Parks to choose from you are spoilt for choice. Shoal Bay Holiday Park is situated on the shore of Shoal Bay Beach, the perfect destination to drop a line whilst cooling down, with various accommodation available such as Safari Tents for the campers, powered caravan sites, your choice of 1-2 bedroom cabins. If Shoal Bay isn’t biting try your luck and seclude yourself in Fingal Bay where you can cast your reel under the lighthouse in the bid to catch a bite. With accommodation arranging from powered to unpowered camp sites, cabins, and resort style villas there is sure to be something for you.

Another park to grab your attention is Halifax Holiday Park, with calm water beaches on each side there are plenty of options available to you.  There is a boat ramp and boat and trailer parking adjacent to Halifax so launching your vessel won’t be a problem. You can choose to pull your caravan up to one of the many powered sites, stay in a cabin or reward yourself and experience 4 star accommodation without putting a hole in your pocket by enjoying yourself in one of the parks 3 bedroom villas.

Soldiers Point is ideal for any fisherman, with the 5 star marina and a fabulous deep water boat ramp makes for an ideal location. 

The benefit for staying within the Beachside Holiday Parks is they offer BBQ facilities, car wash bays if you need to wash your boat and camp kitchens to enjoy your catch. Sit back, unwind and enjoy your time at Beachside Holiday Parks Port Stephens New South Wales.

p.s. you’ll love it xx



Telling it as it is new Testimonials

We recently ventured into our parks with a video camera in hand and recorded some of our fantastic guests “Telling it as it is!”   We wanted to bring you real people telling real stories about our parks.

We’d like to say a big thank you to our lovely guests from across all our holiday parks for agreeing to be filmed  and we look forward to showing everyone what you said about us.

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Accommodation in Port Stephens

When finding accommodation in Port Stephens New South Wales you need to look outside the square, think where can I stay that doesn’t consist of high rise apartments, run down backpackers or chain hotels.  Port Stephens has answered this with a stunning range of Award winning Holiday Parks which set them apart from the rest of the accommodation in the Nelson Bay area.

Nestled amongst the beauty of Australia’s most photographed beaches lie three of the most outstanding and spectacular Beachside Holiday Parks in Port Stephens. All three parks have accommodation purposes to suit your needs, whether you need the use of facilities such as laundry, kitchen, disabled access, kiosk facilities or even entertainment for the kids you are sure to be amazed at what the parks can offer.

Shoal Bay Holiday Park is situated on Australia’s most spectacular and photogenic beach a short 5 minute drive from the centre of Nelson Bay and in the picturesque village of Shoal Bay. At Shoal Bay Holiday Park you are spoilt for choice with accommodation, whether you prefer the luxury of resort style accommodation or prefer to rough it out and pull your caravan up for a long or short stay, then this park has it all for you. A quick stroll lands you in the centre of Shoal Bay where you will find shops, restaurants, bars and cafes, just to name a few…

If Shoal Bay isn’t for you move up the road by 10 minutes and try out Fingal Bay, one of Port Stephens secluded attractions, where you are sure to feel as though you are on your own private island whilst being nestled in the natural bushland with the beach at your door. Fingal Bay Holiday Park is an ideal getaway for all occasions, with a resort style swimming pool, three separate amenities blocks and the choice of powered camping sites or resort style accommodation making it ideal for anyone wanting to get away or even the budget conscious.

If you want to be amongst it all with the beach surrounding you on both sides then Halifax is a destination for you. Halifax Holiday Park is a well known location a short 15 minute stroll to the centre of Nelson Bay, not only is the accommodation outstanding but the marine life which surrounds it makes it the ideal location for any water sport, whether it’s fishing or boating or even diving then Halifax is for you.

The bonus of staying at Port Stephens Beachside Holiday Parks is they offer a pet friendly environment.  Port Stephens  Beachside Holiday Parks worth the visit. Come and see for yourself.

p.s. you’ll love it xx

HotelsCombined ‘Stellar Stays’ property in 2015!

Halifax and Shoal Bay Holiday Park AccommodationWe are very excited to have two of our Parks Halifax and Shoal Bay recognised as a HotelsCombined ‘Stellar Stays’ properties in 2015!

The award is our official recognition for accommodation businesses that are consistently exceeding customers’ expectations.

With a rating of 9.01 out of 10 from 251 reviews and having matched every criterion, Halifax Holiday Park Port Stephens has been awarded a ‘Stellar Stays’ property, earning a place among the top 3% of over 800,000 properties worldwide.

With a rating of 9.11 out of 10 from 249 reviews and having matched every criterion, Shoal
Bay Holiday Park Accommodation Port Stephens has been awarded a ‘Stellar Stays’
property, earning a place among the top 3% of over 800,000 properties worldwide.

We are now officially representing the highest level of customer satisfaction not just in Australia but across the world; an example for the whole industry. This is a significant achievement and one that we are very proud of.

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