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Spring offers at seaside retreat – one third off – and wild dolphin swims in Port Stephens

September 7, 2016 Hotel Deals No Comments Email Email

Thou Walla Sunset Retreat - sunsetThou Walla Sunset Retreat in Port Stephens is offering a 32 per cent discount as part of its new spring accommodation package, with waterview villas now available from just $265 per couple for two nights.

And nature lovers who swim with wild dolphins in Port Stephens this September with Dolphin Swim Australia will receive a free video of their experience to mark the seasonal start of the unique, award-winning adventure.

Located on the tip of Soldiers Point in Port Stephens, Thou Walla Sunset Retreat (pronounced ‘dha walla’) offers 33 deluxe, self-contained villas offering water views across Port Stephens and west over the bay towards the sunset each day. The retreat honours the original Worimi indigenous community, with ‘Thou Walla’ signifying a place to gather. Surrounded by the calm waters of Port Stephens 10 minutes from Nelson Bay, Thou Walla Sunset Retreat boasts a relaxed ambience with boat hire, cafes and restaurants available at the adjacent Soldiers Point Marina.

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New accommodation offer at Thou Walla

Until December 23, 2016, couples can stay in a waterview spa or sunset villa for two nights from $265 per couple from Mondays to Thursdaynights, from $345 per couple on weekends (Friday/Saturday/Sunday nights) and $365 per couple during school holidays. These rates include a special 32 per cent discount. The package includes two night’s accommodation and dining and attraction discount vouchers valid for meals at the nearby Point Restaurant and on dolphin cruises and sand dune tours as well as other activities in the area. The deal is not valid for the October long weekend and is subject to availability.

For details on the Thou Walla package, visit the ‘Stay’ page on Destination Port Stephens’ website at .

Dolphin swim offer

While in Port Stephens, visitors can experience the thrill of becoming part of a wild dolphin pod with Dolphin Swim Australia which began its spring/summer/autumn swims this month after winter. The swims are available at dawn on weekends and see snorkel-clad swimmers, harnessed to a line between the front bows of the moving catamaran, ‘Imagine’, immersed at the rear of a wild dolphin pod.  The sunrise dolphin swims at Port Stephens are unique in Australia and the only commercially permitted wild dolphin swim in NSW, with the short beaked common dolphins and oceanic bottlenose encountered on the swims reportedly more excited to swim with humans who can keep up with them than those who just sit still in the water on other dolphin swims around Australia and overseas.

The four-hour dolphin swim cruises run September to May on weekends from 5.20am at the d’Albora Marina in Nelson Bay and cost $289 per person, including wetsuits, snorkelling gear and breakfast). The cost for observers on the cruise is $60. For all swims in September, 2016, each person will receive a free USB containing a customised video (valued at $65) of their intimate encounter with the dolphins. Visit the ‘See and Do’ page on Destination Port Stephens’ website –

Port Stephens is 2½ hours north of Sydney and 30 minutes from interstate connections at Newcastle Airport. Port Stephens offers spectacular scenery, fresh, local produce and seafood, pristine bay and ocean beaches, koala spotting, camel and horse rides on the beach and sandboarding on the biggest dunes in Australia.

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