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.


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

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.

Shoal Bay Holiday Park – Trip Advisor
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

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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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 –