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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