Port Stephens for a holiday, and we chose to stay at Salamander Shores in a Garden View Room.
The Hotel was in a lovely postion, overlooking the very nice garden, and if you had a room that was higher up, then you had water views. We really liked having our own balcony, this is really nice when you have something nice to look at. The room had reverse cycle air conditioning, refrigerator, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, television including Fox channels.
On the top floor, was an area where you could walk and get a better view of the surroundings.
We booked our room on a special offer at the time, and they still have these, so check out the website. The normal price, it is not that expensive, even better when you get a special. Our stay here was good, and we would return.
Prices for 2010 in a garden room are $119au for 2 people a night, this includes a buffet breakfast.
Affordable waterfront accommodation. I could go for an early morning walk along the waterfront.
Located a short distance from Newcastle
I was delighted to come across this Irish bar in the middle of now where in Hunter Valley. The place itself is tranquil and surrounded by beautiful gardens, vineyards and mountains. Inside the pub you have an Irish menu although when l questioned the barman about the whereabouts of the sausages he could not tell me if they came from Ireland or Australia. You could get a pint of Kilkenny in the bar, one of the many bars that also lead out to the beer garden.
It did actually feel like an Irish pub, surrounded by memorabilia and the sounds of Irish music in the back round. Although l do tend to stay away from Irish bars/pubs when l go away l found this place wonderful and would come back for the food alone.
Live entertainment is provided weekdays and weekends and l found the staff very helpful when arranging anything you wanted, from lunch to tours around Hunter Valley.
The beef and guinness pie is recommended.
Harrigan's have 48 spacious guestrooms and suites, a swimming pool to relax in and plenty of wine tours on offer in Hunter Valley which is basically round the corner.
This is the type of place if you want to sleep in quiet rural acreage.
Berry Park House lies 3.4 km along Duckenfield Rd from Morpeth. It is an attractive single storey homestead built in 1837 with a hipped roof and shady verandah built by tradesmen who emigrated from England who were recommended by the family.
John Eales obtained a grant of 2100 acres in this area in 1823. He grew wheat and constructed some of the colony's first silos for storage. He also raised sheep, bred racehorses (his son developed a prosperous stud), organised the first race meeting in the Hunter Valley in 1833, owned some of the colony's finest racehorses and built a private racecourse. Another 900 m (the second house on the left after the Duckenfield Rd sign) brings you to Berry House, a Georgian mansion built by Eales in 1857 with servants' quarters and a stone rubble barn. It is now open as a bed-and-breakfast,
This is a simple hotel but have everything you need. Nice comfortable bed with spacious bathroom. Although the pool is a little small but it is a very cosy place to relax and have a drink.
Very good location too, a few min walk to the nobby's beach and also near the railway station.
For those who like the relaxed atmosphere of staying in a caravan park...
"Travellers Motor Village - Caravan Park."
If you are looking for a Budget priced Motel, you will find one just a short 10 minutes drive from Newcastle's CBD..
This is the Obelisk, what a great site, tropical palms scatter the beautiful structure..Especially by dusk!
Accommodation is springing up faster than we locals can keep tabs on. 257 beds are about to be added, many of them at the new Becton building right on the harbour front and the Ibis in the west end of Hunter Street.
The Becton will have genuine water views on one side, a great place to see the ships going to and fro.
There are two youth hostels at the extreme eastern end of the main street. One is actually located beneath the old nurses quarters (now up-market apartments) and some people I know who stayed there rated it the best hostel they stayed at in Australia.
Very handy to beaches and transport.
There are many hotels/motels and other types of accomodation in Newcastle.
Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of this one.
Many of these acommodations are right on the beach, or very close to it.
Also in Newcastle is a very nice YHA hostel called the Newcastle Beach YHA. I didn't stay here, but it was my back-up hostel incase the others were full. I heard it was really nice.
It costs $20AUS for a dorm room, or $27AUS for a double room (per person)
The hostel is a restored heritage building featuring a magnificent ballroom with chandiliers, leather armchairs and open log fires. Superb courtyard/beer garden with palm trees and BBQ. There is also internet, a pool table, games room, and ultra-modern kitchen. About 50M from the beach as well.
In Newcastle you have a choose of 5 hostels to stay in I believe. There are also many pricey hotels in the area, and on the beach front. This time I stayed at the Backpackers by the beach hostel.
It was only a few dollars a night, but when I visited, they didn't have too many beds, so come early.
It was extremely well located I thought. About 2 minutes walk to the beaches, and the city centre. Close to bars and pubs as well.
When in Newcastle, I suggest staying at the Ryges Nautilus Coffs Harbour Resort.
It's right on the ocean, and it rents out house style lodging. It's comfortable and relaxing. Close proximaty to the city shopping area where you can get groceries or food from fast food joints.
When in Rainbow beach, or in the Fraser
Island area, head over to 'The Rocks'
Backpacker resort. It's a nice place,
and really cheap.
$12 a night for a dorm bed.
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