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Nearby national parks

  • Barrington Tops National Park

    World Heritage–listed Barrington Tops National Park spans a world of contrasts, from subalpine tablelands and peaks wreathed in...more

  • Myall Lakes National Park

    Myall Lakes National Park, on the mid-north coast, encompasses New South Wales' largest coastal lake system, with 10 000 hectares of...more

  • Yengo National Park

    Steep-sided valleys, sandstone ridges and a web of creeks and rivers are contained within the wilderness of Yengo National Park. Part of the...more

Fishing spots near town

Port Stephens 46 km

 Port Stephens is about 220 km north of Sydney and offers a mixed bag of quality species. In the estuaries, bream, flathead, mulloway and whiting dominate the catch while beach anglers do well on tailor, whiting and... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Barrington Tops National Park 44 km

Best known for its superb bushwalking among ancient Antarctic beech forest and rainforest that receives snow several times a year, this 83 403-hectare park is one of the highest spots on the Great Dividing Range and even... Find out more

Kayaking, Newcastle to Port Macquarie 48 km

Barrington Outdoor Adventure Centre at Gloucester offers an exciting one-day tour down the Barrington River. Guides can tailor the trip for beginners or family groups, choosing a quieter part of the river where there are... Find out more

Snorkelling and diving around Nelson Bay 51 km

Nelson Bay and surrounds offer some superb snorkelling and diving. Many locations are accessible by boat only, such as beautiful Broughton Island, but there are some exceptional shore dives and snorkelling – some... Find out more

Birdwatching near Newcastle 58 km

A reclaimed 45-hectare wetland area just 10 minutes drive from the centre of Newcastle has been Ramsar-listed and is an excellent spot to see up to 213 bird species, including more than 2000 pairs of breeding egrets. The... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Pacific Dunes Golf Club 42 km

Advances in club and ball technology, aimed at helping players hit longer and straighter, have had a big effect on golf course architecture since the early 1990s. Many new developers have urged designers to stretch... Find out more

Newcastle Golf Club 52 km

Long before American Tom Doak became the revered course designer he is today, he travelled the world playing and studying more than 800 courses. He made notes on every one, before compiling them into what he called ... Find out more

The Vintage Golf Club 55 km

Hunter Valley semillon, with its zesty aromas and flavours, is sometimes described by wine experts as ‘Australia’s wine gift to the world’. Its appeal also lies in its capacity to age well. The same... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Murray's Craft Brewing Company 47 km

But there’s a-nothing so lonesome, morbid or drear, Than to stand in the bar of a pub with no beer. So sang the late country singing legend Slim Dusty and, more importantly, the words of the famous song were penned... Find out more

Steel River Brewery 53 km

Every brewhouse has its own distinct personality – new ones are punched out in uniform fashion and pretty much look the same, but pre-loved ones tend to have a bit more character and, more often than not, a... Find out more

Bluetongue Brewery 56 km

Set up in 2004 by a consortium of Hunter region identities, including wine man Bruce Tyrell and hotelier Ian Burford, Bluetongue Brewery soon established a significant regional market for its premium lager and alcoholic... Find out more

Hunter Beer Company 59 km

Potters Brewery, as this microbrewery is also known, might seem like a rather odd addition to this convention-based accommodation complex, which is named after the historic beehive-shaped pottery kilns scattered around... Find out more

Campsites around town

Dungog Caravan Park

A quaint little spot by the Williams River, on Stroud Rd 700 m north of town, Dungog is a comfortable place to use as a base for exploring nearby Barrington Tops National Park and Chichester State Forest. There’s... Find out more

Williams River Holiday Park 20 km

This extensive and well-equipped holiday park in Clarence Town provides a range of accommodation styles, from tent-based camping to air-conditioned cabins. Clarence Town was an important trading port in the 1800s; today,... Find out more

Telegherry Forest Park camping area 20 km

From this large grassed area on the banks of Telegherry River, you can go for a swim, bushwalk or bike ride, or take a look at the old logging machinery situated at the turn-off from Wangat Rd onto Middle Ridge Rd. The... Find out more

Frying Pan Creek camping area 21 km

A picturesque campsite on the banks of Telegherry River, this is a particularly popular spot for mountain-bikers. Note: dry-weather access only for 2WDs. Bring your own firewood and drinking water, or boil/treat water... Find out more

Coachwood camping area 21 km

This is a cracker of a campsite next to Telegherry River, with a welcoming swimming hole as well as a 2 km return walking track to Problem Creek Falls. With dry-weather access only for 2WD vehicles, it’s off Frying... Find out more

Wharf Reserve camping area 21 km

Ah, the serenity. Watch the sun set over the beautiful, tree-lined Williams River in historic Clarence Town, an old shipbuilding township 200 km north of Sydney and 50 km north of Newcastle. Coming from the south, take... Find out more

Currawong camping area 21 km

This camping area is 4WD, dry-weather access only, as you need to cross Telegherry River via Telegherry Forest Park camping area on Middle Ridge Rd. It’s closed in winter during the wetter months. It’s... Find out more

Strike-a-light camping area 27 km

Although it’s no longer managed by Forests NSW as a designated camping area, this is a large, grassy spot where you can put up a tent overnight. It’s not far from Mammy Johnsons River and its tributaries,... Find out more

Double Wharf Campground 27 km

This campground is accessed via Googes Rd off Hobarts Forest Rd. It’s 4WD access only, and you’ll need to bring your own portable toilet, firewood and drinking water.... Find out more

Tattersalls camping area 28 km

Located on the Karuah River, access is via Hobart Rd from Limeburners Creek. The site is for self-sufficient campers only and access is 4WD only. Bring water and firewood.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Australian Motor Homes Tourist Park 30 km

This park is designed for big rigs. Located alongside the Pacific Highway, west of Karuah, it is a great place for an overnight stay and popular with groups on weekends. The owners also operate a commercial fish farm,... Find out more

BIG4 Karuah Jetty Village 34 km

Located in a quiet position a short distance from the Pacific Highway, this park has very good amenities and looks across the northern arm of Port Stephens. There is a long jetty, good for fishing, and a limited number... Find out more

Bellhaven Caravan Park 42 km

With good access to the Pacific Highway, this basic park has grassy drive-through sites ideal for an overnight stop. The town centre is only a short drive away. Bookings are recommended all year round.... Find out more

Alum Mountain Caravan Park 43 km

Located on the northern edge of town alongside the Pacific Highway, this is an older park with basic facilities. It is very convenient for an overnight stop or as a base to explore the local lakes and forests. Dogs are... Find out more

Big4 Koala Shores Port Stephens Holiday Park 45 km

Located in a quiet area of the Port Stephens region, this is a quality waterfront park ideal for a family holiday or just a few days. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies during all... Find out more

Myall River Camp 47 km

This bush camp is located a few kilometres north of Hawks Nest, along a road accessible by conventional vehicles. Set on a large grassy expanse beside the Myall River, the camp has no power and limited facilities and... Find out more

Hawks Nest Beach Holiday Park 50 km

Located just a short walk from a popular beach and the Hawks Nest Surf Club, this park is also only a kilometre from the centre of town. It has large expanses of lawn and is ideal for a family holiday or just a few... Find out more

Halifax Holiday Park 51 km

Close to the centre of Nelson Bay, this well-maintained tourist park adjoins a busy public boat ramp on the eastern shores of Port Stephens. There are often people cleaning their catch near the boat ramp and numerous... Find out more

Myall Shores Nature Resort 53 km

Situated on the shores of Myall Lakes, access to this park is from Bulahdelah and 10 km of the road is unsealed. Located in a picture-postcard position close to the vehicle ferry crossing, it has good facilities and a... Find out more

One Mile Beach Holiday Park 53 km

This quality, award-winning caravan park is located in the popular Port Stephens region, just a few kilometres south of Nelson Bay. Set alongside a popular surf beach, it has excellent amenities and great recreational... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Banjo’s Bushland Retreat, Vacy 28 km

With three self-contained lodges of various sizes and a recreation room that includes an environmental centre, this eco-accredited resort keeps nature as its focus. Even the nine-hole minigolf course weaves around the... Find out more

Somewhere Unique, Wollombi 82 km

The two stand-alone, couples-only cottages here are stylish, contemporary and have passive solar design. They are eco-accredited, on an 8-hectare bushland reserve, and use only renewable energy and Greenfleet vehicles.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Twelve Mile Hill rest area 30 km

15km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Medowie Road rest area 30 km

57km S of Bulahdelah (L)

Surrounded by trees just off the highway. For southbound only.

Station Creek rest area 39 km

42km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Nerong Waterholes rest area 41 km

51km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

On the edge of the forest just off the highway. For northbound only.

Browns Flat rest area 41 km

20km S of Bulahdelah (L)

Well off the highway near the forest. For southbound only.

Bulahdelah Rest Area 44 km

2 km N of Bulahdelah (R) or 70 km S of Taree (L)

Small area just off the highway. Limited shade.

Pothana Lane rest area 52 km

30km NW of Maitland (L) or 17km SE of Singleton (R)

Just off the highway at the end of the 'No Through Rd'.

Newmans Road rest areas 53 km

13km N of Bulahdelah (L) or 32km S of Nabiac (L)

Just off the highway (on both sides) around a few trees.

Golden Highway Junction rest area 56 km

36km NW of Maitland (L) or 11km SE of Singleton (R)

Among a few trees off Golden Hwy.      

Singleton park area 57 km

At Singleton       

On the south side of town at the information centre.

Wang Wauk rest area 60 km

36km N of Bulahdelah (L) or 9km S of Nabiac (R)

Secluded off the highway among shady trees.

Rixs Creek rest area 60 km

6km NW of Singleton (R) or 43km SE of Muswellbrook (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Talawahl Creek rest area 76 km

18km S of Taree (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees. For southbound only.

Four Mile Hill rest area 83 km

22km N of Nabiac (L)      

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Vietnam War Memorial park area 83 km

2km N of Muswellbrook (R) or 23km S of Scone (L)

Adjacent to the highway at the memorial.

Aberdeen park area 86 km

At Aberdeen

Adjacent to the highway on the north side of town.

Scone park area 92 km

At Scone

Opposite the information centre at the Tribute to the Horse monument.

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