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Where to stay The Ra­mada Re­sort sits along­side the Shoal Bay Coun­try Club and of­fers stu­dios and one-, two- and three­bed­room apart­ments, some with spas and wa­ter views. Prices start at around $155 per night for a stan­dard stu­dio. How to get there Shoal Bay is a 2.5-hour drive north of Sydney, or 30 min­utes from Newcastle air­port. What to do there Make the most of your beach­side lo­ca­tion by hit­ting the wa­ter. Kayaks, boats and stand-up pad­dle boards are all avail­able for hire, and you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to guided snorkelling, fish­ing and dol­phin-watch­ing tours.

Good to know The Shoal Bay Coun­try Club is open from 7.30am un­til 2am, so you can come and go in be­tween ocean dips and bush walks. Web­sites Shoal­bay­coun­tryclub.com.au; Port­stephens.org.au R

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