Shoal Bay Holiday Park’s new Safari Tents take the hassle out of camping

If you love camping but aren’t into the setup and pack down dramas that go along with the standard family camping trip then you have to give the new Safari Tents a go at Shoal Bay Holiday Park, Port Stephens.

Shoal Bay Holiday Park’s new permanent Safari Tents are open for bookings, offering a comfortable camping experience just 100 metres from the blue, dolphin-filled waters of Port Stephens.

The eight spacious canvas tents with ensuite bathrooms offer families and busy couples the thrill of camping without the hassle of packing and setting up tents and camping gear. Each of the tents can sleep up to six people, and one ‘easy access’ tent is fitted to cater for guests with mobility issues. Large undercover decks and a shared BBQ dining area make the Safari Tent precinct a perfect place for family and social get-togethers.

To mark the opening, Shoal Bay Holiday Park is offering a special three-day weekend deal. Guests can stay Thursday to Saturday or Friday to Sunday nights and pay $410 for two adults, with up to four children under 18 free. The deal is valid from October 3 to December 25, 2016, and January 30 to April 12, 2017. The offer is available until sold out.

The spacious and stylish tent precinct is just a 100m stroll from Shoal Bay Beach and shadowed by Tomaree Headland which boasts spectacular views over Port Stephens’ rugged coastline and offshore islands. Port Stephens also offers a range of activities and attractions, including dolphin cruises, parasailing, bushwalking, fishing, a large koala population and the biggest sand dunes in Australia. The tents cater for up to six guests, with a maximum of four adults in each. Guests bring their own bedding and cooking utensils.

For more information about the new Safari Tents visit  or view the video tour

To see more images of the new Safari Tents – click here

Find out how to get to Shoal Bay.

Don’t leave your Christmas Holiday Bookings till the last minute.

We’ve said it before but we’ll say it again – Don’t leave your Port Stephens Christmas/Summer Holidays accommodation till the last minute as you run the risk of not getting anywhere to stay.

Port Stephens is a hive of activity during the summer school holidays, this is not a place that you can rock into and hope to get somewhere decent to stay, unless you happen upon a cancellation you may find yourself disappointed and miles away from anywhere.

You can check our website to see what availability we have left at each park and either book directly, safely and securely on line or you can give the parks a call if you need to discuss things.

Check rates here and book directly online to save yourself some time.

Any last minute vacancies will be posted on our facebook pages so like our pages and keep an eye out as these tend to go very very quickly.

Hope to see you soon in beautiful Port Stephens.


Port Stephens Whale Watching

Get back to nature…

and enjoy some easy walks along the beautiful headlands of Port Stephens to some of the best land based vantage points for spotting the Humpback Whales that travel up and down the coast every year.

Download a FREE Port Stephens Whale Watching Guide.

General Info

Humpback Whales travel thousands of kilometres from early May to Late November, between their winter breeding ground to their summer feeding ground along the East Coast of Australia.

We are lucky enough to witness one of the longest whale migrations in the world off the coast of NSW. Humpback Whales are the most popular species with about 20,000 animals passing Port Stephens each year.

From about May, Humpback Whales begin passing by on their Northern Migration coming from antarctic waters in the south. By early August these whales have moved onto their breeding grounds up north around the equator. On this northern Migration you can see a lot of breaching whales and active males showing their dominance to impress females for mating.

By September the first whales are on their way south again. you can often see whales going both ways at this time of year. By mid to late August right up to the beginning of December the whales are now all swimming south and you can start to see mothers with their newborn calves.

Flat calm days are obviously better for spotting a whale but once you know what you’re looking for you will be able to spot them even on a rough day.

Look out for the telltale “water spout”.

Look and book your accommodation online and come and see for yourself.

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Get out on the Green in Port Stephens

Get away from it all and unwind and try your luck at gaining the ultimate status by scoring a hole in one.

Port Stephens Beachside Holiday Parks offer a variety of accommodation throughout Port Stephens, with considerations for everyone taken care of. With our outstanding parks it is no wonder the people who stay at them come back time and time again. The most popular parks to stay at during the ‘Golf Season’ are Halifax and Shoal Bay, as both parks are in close location to Nelson Bays Premier Golf Course. With a variety of accommodation available from powered van and tent sites, ensuite sites, cabins, luxury villas to deluxe resort style accommodation you are destined to be able to relax after a long day on the course.

Try one of the many golf courses in the Port Stephens region including David Graham Golf Course for a more relaxed game of golf with younger players. Horizons Golf Resort at Salamander Bay and Pacific Dunes Golf Course at Medowie, and Nelson Bay Golf Club, situated at the top of town with views overlooking the water, making this course a must.

Just remember you do not have to be a professional to enjoy a good swing. Just bring your clubs or hire and you are all set to go.

p.s you’ll love it xx



Nelson Bay Golf Club is located in the blue water wonderland of Port Stephens approximately two and a half hours drive north from Sydney.

The 27 hole championship golf course by the sea, in a natural setting with native trees and flora, is home to an abundance of wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and native birds.

Nelson Bay Golf Club is a members’ club with a special charter to ensure the course is open every day to the thousands of visitors to Port Stephens each year. Nelson Bay is one of the busiest golf venues in the country.

The popular 27 hole layout, ranked in the top 50 courses in Australia for rounds costing under $50, offers great value and an enjoyable experience to golfers of all levels.  Located in the heart of Nelson Bay and with easy access from Sydney, it is easily accessible and ideal for short breaks or extended golfing holidays.

The Club is back in operation after the devastating Clubhouse fire on Fathers Day, Temporary food and beverage facilities are available.

The Pro-Shop is also providing normal services from a temporary facility.

Visiting golfers, whether individuals or groups, are welcome 7 days a week.



Pacific Dunes is an 18-hole championship golf course and residential golf estate in Port Stephens, New South Wales.

Warm up at our driving range and putting green, take a lesson with me; Kurt Linde, former PGA touring professional, or jump straight in and test your game on our 18 holes – as long as you don’t mind a challenge.

Watch the sun go down over a glass of wine or enjoy a delicious breakfast as the sun comes up from The Greenhouse, the region’s newest dining and events destination, with fresh, seasonal produce including vegetables and herbs from our own onsite kitchen garden and greenhouse.

Visitors, new members are all welcome.



David Graham’s golf set on 25 acres centrally positioned in Anna Bay Port Stephens.

Great affordable family fun where all ages can join in the action.

Catering for large groups or private functions with BBQ facilities and picnic areas ATM and equipment hire are available.

No bookings or memberships are required and we are open everyday from 8am and close 6pm except Xmas

Accommodation in Port Stephens for Christmas

Well for those of you that haven’t yet experienced Port Stephens in the Summer Holidays can I just say that you’re in for a treat, it’s magical with it’s crystal clear blue water and white sandy beaches.

But be warned that it’s bustling during this peak time, so chill out and be patient and you will enjoy it even more.

Now if you are planning on leaving your Port Stephens accommodation till last minute here’s a word of advice….DON’T… this is not a place that you can rock into and hope to get somewhere decent to stay, unless you happen upon a cancellation you may find yourself disappointed and miles away from anywhere.

Most accommodation places also have weekly bookings in place with set days, another reason to book ahead, you don’t want to be wasting your precious leave hangin’ at home waiting for your checkin date.

With their large range of accommodation choices the Port Stephens Beachside Holiday Parks can offer you some viable options for your Summer Hols. Most of the Christmas week accommodation has been booked for almost 12 months so don’ t hold your breath for that but there are still a few vacancies for later on in the holidays for all types of accommodation from camp/van site through to the glorious 3 bedroom Beach Villas at Halifax Holiday Park.

If you are interested in a visit please give the parks a call or drop them an email and they will be happy to fill you in on all the details.

Contact details are available here.

Alternatively you can book directly & securely online. See for more details.

Surfing in Port Stephens

Port Stephens New South Wales is one of the most outstanding and spectacular beachside locations in New South Wales.  With a choice of  surf beaches facing a variety of directions there’s a surf beach for all occasions, southerly, northerly, on shore, off shore….there are plenty of options available for you.

Enjoy a weekend away and stay at one of Port Stephens most sought after Beachside Holiday Parks .   Find out more… 

Here’s our top pick for Surf Beaches in Port Stephens, but feel free to explore the area for more…..


Birubi Beach, part of the 32km stretch of Stockton Bight, is completely exposed to wind and waves, but the extreme northern corner is nicely tucked away from the teeth of the summer sea breeze and it holds nice shape to about three metres. On days with light winds there may be ride-able beach breaks working the entire length of Birubi, although as there are no reefs to speak of it takes favourable sandbanks to shape them.


A near-perfect C-curve of sand that faces southeast, Fingal Bay Beach has its own island connected by a sand-spit and is well protected from all but a hefty southeast wind. The aptly-named “Kiddies Corner” at the south end is completely sheltered and it draws mums and dads with nippers in tow. The spit at the north end which links Fingal Island to the mainland gets decent waves when the sand builds up.


A great beach for the whole family, pumps in the middle and off the headland but great for the kids with their boogie boards within the  patrolled area.  If One Mile isn’t happening go around to Birubi Beach and vica versa.


One of the best kept secrets.. pumps virtually every day, its a swell magnet. super secluded no shops close or handy so prepare. big sand dunes on the beach.THE WAVE PUMPS.

4WD access only and please note this is also a designated clothing optional beach so be prepared!

We believe that best friends should stay together…visit our dog friendly parks in Port Stephens

Did you know that all Port Stephens Beachside Holiday Parks are dog friendly…… Obviously we don’t want to turn the place into a kennel but we do understand that some of you just can’t bare to leave your best friend at home, others may just shudder at the thought of Fido leaping around the car and dribbling all over the kids…. However you feel, it’s great to know you have a choice.

There are certain restrictions that we put in place to preserve the balance for all visitors. Dogs are only permitted at the park when you are staying in your own tent or van, so no matter how well behaved Fido is he won’t be allowed to stay in one of our cabins or villas……I know he can probably picture himself stretched out on the balcony while Mum & Dad enjoy cheese and a wine but I’m sure that Fido will enjoy his tent or van just as much as long as he’s with Mum and Dad!!


If you are wanting to book in with a pet here are the rules to follow that will keep everyone happy.

  • Dogs are only allowed when staying in your own Van or Tent.
  • Dogs are not permitted in the Park during peak periods – This is due to the large volumes of people and kids that are around the park during this time.
  • No pets are allowed during NSW Holiday Periods (with the exception of April & July School Holidays – excluding Easter).
  • Dogs need to have the approval of the Park Manager. – No dangerous breeds will be allowed at any time and approval will have to be given by the Park Manager so please advise of the breed and size of your dog when making your booking.
  • Dogs need to be kept on a lead and under control at all times.
  • Dogs are not permitted around the childrens play areas or in the pool area.
  • All dogie dos are the responsibility of the owners and must be cleaned up immediately.
  • Dogs are not to be left unattended in your van or tent at anytime.
  • Dogs are to be vacinated, clean and free from fleas.

So if your best friend likes to swim in the water, run on the beach and sleep all day I’m sure he or she will have a perfect holiday in one of the Port Stephens Beachside Holiday Parks. If you would like some more information please give one the parks a ring and they will be happy to discuss your options.

*If you have a Companion or Guide Dog the rules are slightly different so you will need to phone the park directly and discuss your specific needs. All our properties have assisted living cabins that are fitted out to industry specs that will hopefully suit your needs.

Local Kennels

Why not book your dog into the local kennels for his own little holiday? You can pick him up and take him with you for the day and return him at night to play with his holiday mates.
We recommend a local boarding kennels – Cubbins Nelson Bay Kennels – centrally located on Gan Gan Road in One Mile Beach. Tel: Tel: 02 4982 1182

Things to note

There are certain off lead and dog friendly parks in the area.  For more information on these click here.
Need a Ranger?  It’s also wise to take note of the various fines that can be issued to dog owners under the NSW local Government.

Contact Details

Phone: 02 4980 0373
Fax: 02 4987 3612


Hopefully you won’t need the services of a local vet but if you do here are some that are close to our parks.
Salamander Bay Vet – 168 Salamander Way – Salamander Bay – Ph: 4982 7492
Shoal Bay Veterinary Clinic – 121 Shoal Bay Road, Shoal Bay – Ph: 4981 2417

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

Location, Location, Location

What does it really mean?

It’s the real estate agents’ mantra: location, location, location. You’ve certainly heard the phrase enough and may wonder what possesses agents to say it three times. Or you might think it pertains to three different types of locations – perhaps an excellent location, a mediocre location and a lousy location.

I’ll put your mind at ease. It means identical properties can increase or decrease in value due to location. It’s repeated three times for emphasis, and so you will remember the phrase. It’s the number one rule in real estate, and it’s often the most overlooked rule.

So how do we rate in the location, location, location stakes?

Lets start with Fingal Bay Holiday Park.  Located in Fingal Bay (location #1). Situated directly across the road from one of Port Stephens premier beaches – Fingal Bay Beach.  Patrolled, surfable, safe kiddies corner for swimming and famous for the place where Lara Bingles uttered her iconic words “Where the Bl*#dy H#ll are you?” (location #2). Surrounded by National Park yet close to shops and clubs. (location #3)  Looking good to me, what do you think?

Fingal Beach

Shoal Bay Holiday Park – Directly across the road from spectacular Shoal Bay Beach, what more can I say, (location #1 & #2 – yes it’s that good).

Within walking distance to some of Port Stephens premier cafes, restaurants, pubs and boutiques in the Shoal Bay Village. (location #3)

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Shoal Bay Beach


Halifax Holiday Park – So if you are surround by direct access to not one but two fantastic beaches does that count as one or two, well lets say location #1 for backing onto Shoal Bay Beach and Little Beach. Can we add a star for also being on Halifax Point which is one of the premier dive locations, some say in Australia.  Location #2 having a boat ramp and boat/trailer parking adjacent to the park, and location #3 the park is  within walking distance of Nelson Bay CBD, d’albora Marina and all the beaches along the way.

Little Beach, Halifax Point


If you’ve stayed with us before and would like to leave a review on Trip Advisor we’d really appreciate your thoughts.

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Fingal Bay Holiday Park – Trip Advisor
Halifax Holiday Park – Trip Advisor
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All NEW drive through ensuite sites at Fingal Bay Holiday Park

All NEW drive through en-suite sites at Fingal Bay Holiday Park

Fingal Bay Holiday Park in Port Stephens have just installed 6 new drive through en suite Van Sites and one en suite tent site. The en suites include shower, toilet & vanity and are specifically designed to suite larger van and motor homes. Just perfect for the Winter travellers. These newly opened sites are located close to the pool and recreation facilities and are priced from only $55 (low Season 2016) to $110 (high Season 2016/17) per couple/night.

Note: Dogs are allowed when staying in van or tent sites outside of Peak times.

FREECALL 1800 600 203


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Drive through en-suite sites at Fingal Bay

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



Paddle your way around the Bay

White sandy beaches surrounding the crystal clear waters of the bay makes for the ideal location to spend the day out on the water in a kayak or paddle boarding, so slap on some sunscreen, put on a hat and wear your swimmers because the bay is sure to impress you with a spectacular array of marine life as you casually glide over the top of them.

Kayaking and Paddle Boarding is not intense it can be laid back and casual, allowing for all fitness levels to participate, if you can walk or even swim then this sport is for you. Why not pack the family up and head out to luxurious Nelson Bay New South Wales for the weekend or even during the school holiday period for an experience that is sure to be remembered.

Sourcing accommodation is made easy for you with Port Stephens Beachside Holiday Parks allowing you the choice of three outstanding Holiday Parks, with accommodation which stands out from the rest.

Fingal Bay Holiday Park is a secluded destination, where you are nestled on your own private island, escaping the hustle and bustle of busy city life. With beautiful Fingal Bay Beach across the road, and accommodation such as camping, caravanning and resort style cabins this park is ideal for anyone who wants to experience luxury away from the enclosed walls of a 5 star hotel.

Shoal Bay Holiday Park is located on the majestic waterfront of Shoal Bay known as the premier beach in Port Stephens. The smooth calm waters make this beach perfect for beginners or those who are not quite so confident in the water, over time while you are gliding along the water you will become more confident and want to explore more.

Halifax Holiday Park is surrounded on both sides by beautiful clear waters, making this park ideal for any water sport fanatic. With your choice of powered camp sites, deluxe cabins and resort style accommodation, you are pretty much spoilt for choice.

No matter how fit you are, the bay has something to offer everyone. If you have an enquiry feel free to contact us here at Beachside Holiday Parks.


Bushwalking throughout Port Stephens

Port Stephens New South Wales is known for its exceptional outdoor recreational activities with views to amaze the adventurous. Having some of the best bushwalking tracks in the region, gives something for everyone from the more experienced to the calm, laid back casual walker.  Tomaree Head is the most well known bushwalk throughout the region, located east of Nelson Bay NSW. Tomaree has a guided path to the top with steel steps along the steepest parts. The views from the point are spectacular and unimaginable. Tomaree is not the only bushwalk in the Port Stephens region known for its exquisite display of natural beauty, Native Flora Garden is exceptional, it is here you can spot an abundant display of koalas and natural wildlife. Native Flora Garden is also located near Halifax Holiday Park at Little Beach a short stroll form the centre of Nelson Bay. Other bushwalks around the region include Morna Point, The Spit, Stephens Peak, Boulder Bay to Fingal Head and Boulder Bay to Samurai Beach.

Now most of you are wondering, where can I stay that will be in convenient location to these walks? Port Stephens Beachside Holiday Parks have the answers you need. With three different locations to choose from you are spoilt with choice.

Shoal Bay Holiday Park is located a mere 500 meters from the summit of Mt Tomaree. Wake up and start your morning with a bushwalk followed by an afternoon of relaxation by the beach, with a wide variety of accommodation to choose from you will be spoilt for choice.

Halifax Holiday Park is adjacent to Native Flora Garden making it a must stay, with the beach surrounding you on both sides and a garden in the centre then this makes the perfect location for any serious or laid back bushwalker.

Fingal Bay Holiday Park is surrounded by National Park with fabulous walks around the headland from Barry Park.  This is also a great spot for Whale Watching.

Port Stephens Beachside Holiday Parks would be more than happy to assist you with any accommodation or information you may require in conjunction with bushwalking in the Port Stephens NSW region, just call now and one of their friendly staff will be of assistance to you.

Find out more….


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.

Take a look here:

Visit our website for more information –

Fingal Bay Holiday Park – Freecall 1800 600 203
Halifax Holiday Park – Freecall 1800 600 201
Shoal Bay Holiday Park – Freecall 1800 600 200

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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.

Find out more about our award winning parks here –