Looking for that perfect holiday destination in NSW? Well, look no further, we have found it!

Port Stephens is an amazing and the perfect holiday destination, located on the NSW Mid North Coast, approximately a 3-hour drive north of Sydney and around an hour drive from Newcastle Airport.

With beaches galore, world class golf clubs, an array of trendy dining spots, and wildlife by the bucket load, you can surely see why Port Stephens is a must-see location on everyone’s holiday wish list.

Where to stay?

So, when you are looking for that special place to stay, whether it be for a family adventure or a romantic getaway, you usually make a list in your head of what you would like your accommodation to have. We have taken the hard work out your hands and found a perfect spot to fill all your requirements.

The Retreat Port Stephens, located on Nelson Bay Road, Anna Bay, has everything that you require in your holiday accommodation, situated in a safe, private and enjoyable location with plenty of entertainment for children and families. This tranquil bush setting is also perfect for couples who just wish to get away from their everyday routines.

One of the main reasons we like to pick a holiday park or self-catering accommodation, that has a kitchen and separate living areas, is because we like to be able to feel comfortable and relaxed within our environment, and hotel rooms for a family of four just don’t provide this level of comfort and space. With all of these on-site amenities and facilities, The Retreat Port Stephens has you covered!

  • Saltwater pool
  • BBQ areas
  • Camps fires
  • Indoor and outdoor activities in the games room
  • Children’s playground
  • Tours booking Office

This beautiful bush setting backs onto the largest living Sand Dunes in the Southern Hemisphere, which stretch for 32km making it a holiday location like no other, and we have the perfect family special available, making this option perfect for any budget.

Family Holiday Special Offer

Our self-contained cabins sleep 2-5 guests, with an upgrade to a 2-bedroom bungalow available for an additional $100.

Package Inclusions:

  • Accommodation in a self-contained cabin
  • Complimentary wine & chocolates
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Covered parking at room
  • Complimentary DVD hire
  • Complimentary board game hire
  • All linen included
  • Exclusive TRPS Family Holiday offers and information booklet

3 Nights – $420 (2 Guests) – normally $840

5 Nights – $650 (2 Guests) – normally $1,250

Extra Guests

Kids (4-16yrs) $10 pp/pn

Adults (16yrs+) $45 pp/pn


So, what to do when you are here?

This little oasis boasts 26 spectacular beaches. Many of these, like Shoal Bay, are perfect for families. Shoal Bay is sheltered from the waves and rips of a surfing beach and is much safer for children. If you are looking for a little more action, then One Mile Beach and Anna Bay will have you covered.

Port Stephens Surf School has highly trained and experience coaches who are available to guide and teach you stand-up paddle boarding and surfing.

Perhaps, relaxing and letting someone else steer you into the wonders of Port Stephens is more your cup of tea. Then take one of the many Dolphins cruises, available from the Nelson Bay Jetty. Port Stephens is home to more than 200 dolphins and there are a variety of cruises to choose, from an hour to the sunset option. There’s something for everyone.

For a more-hands on experience perhaps swimming with the dolphins is for you, and should be one to add to your to do list. If this is the case,  then head to Dolphin Swim Australia to book your cruise and swim with the wild dolphins.

So, once you have been out at sea and seen the fish, dolphins, coral, and sea turtles, it’s now time to head to the sand dunes. Stockton Sand Dunes are a good place to start. If adrenaline is what you are craving, then Sand Dune Adventures  has you covered with quad biking and sandboarding.

There are many tours and attractions around Port Stephens for everyone to enjoy:

  • Bush walking
  • National Park guided tours
  • Golf
  • Fishing
  • Horse and camel rides
  • Local wineries and brewery

Out and About

Visit the local markets to explore the local communities, find unique gifts, amazing food stalls and live entertainment;


Various dates throughout the month.

Location: Nelson Bay Foreshore, Nelson Bay.

Time: 4pm – 9pm

Website: www.sacredtreemarkets.com.au/nelson-bay-market


2nd Saturday of every month.

Location: The markets are held at the Bush n Bull Motel, Ferodale Road, Medowie.

Time: 8am – 12.30pm.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Medowie-Markets/215332388486176

Contact: 02 4982 9123

Places to Eat

Holbert’s Oyster Farm is a family business that have been growing and distributing their award-winning oysters for five generations in and around Port Stephens. The oysters are carefully nurtured in the pristine waters of Port Stephens and are freshly shucked daily.

The Little Nel is fast becoming the favourite café for the locals and visitors of Nelson Bay, enjoy a great coffee and local seasonal food made in house and from scratch.

Anna Bay Tavern serves traditional Australian cuisine, in a family friendly environment, with live music playing on most weekends.

Sandpipers Restaurant is located in the heart of Nelson Bay, serving modern Australian cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere.

Get in Touch

The Retreat Port Stephens is a family owned and run business, who offer a personal touch to your stay in Port Stephens. We have the alibility to customise your accommodation to suit your needs and requirements. Whether you require a simple one-night stay, or a fully planned itinerary, we are here to assist. To Book your next Holiday, please call 02 4982 1244.

You have just found the perfect holiday destination in NSW. With the best beaches, abundance of wildlife and a real sense of nature we have it all.