Port Stephens MP Kate Washington has hailed a new eco-friendly cabin precinct in the Hawks Nest area, stating it was a welcomed accommodation boost.
Fourteen contemporary cottages have been added to the Reflections beachside park, an hour’s drive north of Newcastle.
It’s part of an ongoing improvement program to diversify lodging options for guests.
Two of the cabins are accessible (sleeping six with ramps and all-access bathroom facilities) and six are dog-friendly (with lockable, enclosed decks).
“People come from far and wide to spend time in stunning Hawks Nest,” Ms Washington said.
“Well done to Reflections for enhancing its accommodation choices and improving accessibility, all welcome news for our local businesses and visitors alike.”
Launching on 22 December, the cabins feature recycled timber batten screens and flooring, plantation-grown plywood interiors and materials that withstand coastal weather conditions.
Six of them sleep four, while another half a dozen accommodates six people.
Each boasts a solar power system and water from rainwater tanks will be recycled for toilet flushing.
Three of the cabins have boat parking spots, too.
Reflections CEO Nick Baker said the $5.075 million precinct continued the company’s commitment to the region.
“In the New Year, we’ll add a heated outdoor pool and pool area, a new camp kitchen, guest lounge, and native plant garden,” he stated.
“We will also upgrade both the BBQ area and amenities block, improving the holiday experience for everyone.
“This much-needed enhancement means our guests will now be spoilt for choice with accommodation in both Hawks Nest and its sister park, Jimmys Beach.”
Hawks Nest currently attracts 58,535 visitors per annum, contributing more than $3 million to the local economy each year.
“It’s great to see this new accommodation coming on-line for the summer holidays and other improvements planned for 2024 to support the region’s tourism industry,” Minister for Lands and Property Steve Kamper said.
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