shoal bay

[originally posted on 8 Jan 2016 on]

Last month, my family and I decided to visit Shoal Bay in Port Stephens for a quick getaway before the Christmas rush. We've been here quite a few times already before but we always return because it is so beautiful and it has such a relaxed atmosphere. Here are some photos from our time away, if you'd like to see:

The view from our resort. We had a full ocean view and it was absolutely stunning. I loved just sitting there, watching the sunset every night.

On the edge of the jetty.

We climbed Mount Tomaree: the view from the top was spectacular and definitely worth the walk!! There are lookouts at the summit where you can see all across Shoal Bay as well as Fingal Island which is connected to the main area by the thin sand spit in the above photo.

We spent a fair bit of time swimming and having fun in the resort pool which has a cute little fountain on the side.

We also found some great cafes and restaurants that I would totally recommend:

1. 'Nice' cafe at Nelson Bay: The food was delicious and it also has the cutest menus housed within golden books (children's storybooks). I don't normally have eggs but I had poached eggs with smoked salmon and it was amazing (it even had nasturtium flowers on the top as decoration) and my dad had the pancakes with bacon, maple syrup, icecream and the prettiest sliced food. It sounds like a weird combination but it strangely worked well together. All the dishes were beautifully presented- such a good find!

2. Sandpipers Restaurant: Perfect for a nice dinner out as they have a really nice, curated menu. It is a little more expensive but it is well worth it. We made a booking on the day and we were seated outside on the street. It was still nice since it was quite peaceful out there and it was a cool summer night but it is probably better to make a booking well in advance.

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