With overseas ­flights still grounded, people are increasingly looking for domestic adventures and ways they can support their own backyard.

We have a seemingly endless amount of options here in the Hunter – from whale watching, to the vineyards, beaches and hiking trails – and across the state. Let this Travel Feature be your guide to some of the best accommodation options when travelling in NSW or even interstate. You can also find this guide from page 15 in our current edition.

Hawks Nest Motel

Hawks Nest Motel is located on the beautiful Myall Coast, just north of Port Stephens, and one hour from Newcastle. Our rooms are suitable for couples and families, some with spas. Our facilities include a large inviting outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi.

Only a short walk to one of NSW’s best golf courses, and Jimmy’s and Bennett’s beaches. All rooms have their own sunny, private balconies, mostly all with pool views and a few with river views, with a choice of either ground or first floor rooms.

Note: We can host private small functions for up to 40 people. We look forward to welcoming you to our motel and know you will enjoy your stay with us.

T: 02 4997 1166
A: 3-5 Yamba Street, Hawks Nest
W: hawksnestmotel.com.au

Port Stephens Beachside Holiday Parks

Reconnect now with the blue water paradise of Port Stephens where you’ll be relaxed, exhilarated and amazed these school holidays.

Located just under an hour’s drive north of Newcastle, this stunning region is home to the award-winning holiday parks of Halifax, Shoal Bay, Fingal Bay and Thou Walla Sunset Retreat, all situated just minutes away from Nelson Bay, the hub of the “bay”.

Choose from deluxe three and four-bedroom beachfront villas for large extended families, one and two-bedroom cabins and villas for the simple getaway, ensuite van sites and grassy powered campsite, or spoil and indulge yourself in one of our four-star Sunset ‘Glamping’ tents.

Call our reservation centre, open seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm.

T: 4988 0990
W: beachsideholidays.com.au

Meridian Beachside Apartments

Self-contained apartments. . . on the beach! Meridian Beachside Apartments is a great family or couples’ destination.

Enjoy watching the whales and dolphins from your balcony, make use of the outdoor heated spa, swim in the solar-heated pool, or bring your bikes – the local area offers easy rides.

There’s also a jenkins terrace (recreation room) with kitchen facilities, dining area, television, table tennis table, pool table (fee), and a foosball table (fee), as well as two electric barbecues for guest use.

You can enjoy beach walks along our pristine beaches, while it’s only four kilometres to Saltwater National Park.

Other activities and benefits include: beach fishing (NSW fishing licence required) or river fishing; tennis and squash courts; river cruises; arts and crafts; four-wheel driving (including beach access – permit required); bush walking; kite surfing; numerous restaurants/cafes and Club Old Bar, as well as the new Old Bar Tavern, which provides courtesy vehicles.

Close to supermarket and shops.

T: (02) 6553 3441
A: 32 Lewis Street, Old Bar Beach
W: meridianbeachsideapartments.com.au

Jamala Wildlife Lodge

Offering five-star luxury accommodation in the heart of Canberra’s National Zoo & Aquarium, Jamala Wildlife Lodge presents guests with a truly remarkable overnight experience.

Designed to provide up close and personal interactions with some of the zoo’s most revered residents, with the option to have giraffes, lions, tigers, cheetahs, sun bears, meerkats or lemurs outside your window.

An all-inclusive stay at Jamala is an unforgettable experience.

T: (02) 6287 8444
A: 999 Lady Denman Drive, Canberra
W: jamalawildlifelodge.com.au

Aldinga Tours

Aldinga Tours conducts pre-packaged, quality holidays ranging from one to 22 days, both domestically and internationally, as well as corporate, special interest groups, charters and theatre.

Paul and Barbara pride themselves on providing a personalised and caring service. We put friends, fun and unforgettable memories into your life.

T: 4950 5050
W: aldingatours.com.au
E: enquiry@aldingatours.com.au

Macleay Valley Coast

Rediscover the great outdoors and get back to enjoying some time relaxing by the van or exploring through nature.

With our five iconic holiday park locations now open, it’s time to get back on the road and plan your escape to the Macleay Valley Coast.

T: 1300 425 605
W: macleayvalleycoastholidayparks.com.au

Ibis Styles The Entrance

Warm, welcoming, and modern, with comfortable beds and a practical bathroom, our rooms offer everything you need for an enjoyable stay.

Overlooking Tuggerah Lakes and two minutes from the beautiful beaches nearby.

T: (02) 4336 0400
A: 18 Gallipoli Road, Long Jetty
W: all.accor.com/hotel/9304/index.en.shtml

NSW Trustee & Guardian’s

Take advantage of NSW Trustee & Guardian’s flexible options to prepare your will before the school holidays. You can visit the Newcastle branch on 1-9 Beresford Street, or book a video conference appointment from the comfort of your home.

Bookings are essential – call the friendly Newcastle team on 1300 723 134 or visit tag.nsw.gov.au.

T: 1300 723 124
A: 1-9 Beresford Street, Newcastle West
W: tag.nsw.gov.au

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