Until September 22, 2016, you can stay three nights at the Mantra Aqua Resort in Port Stephens but only pay for two nights. Close to the marina and beach in Nelson Bay, Mantra Aqua offers a range of spacious two and three bedroom apartments set around a lagoon pool, with full kitchen in each apartment. Nightly rates vary but a two-bedroom apartment on weeknights can be available from $185 per night and on weekends from $240 per night, subject to change, conditions and availability.
During winter, Imagine Cruises are offering daily whale watching cruises from Port Stephens including the new 90-minute whale watch express aboard the fast cat Envision for those keen to see the majestic humpbacks but limited for time. Three-hour whale and dolphin cruises aboard Imagine are also available for $63 for adults, $30 for children 16 and under and $156 for families.
The same rates apply for Imagine’s Express Cruise. Port Stephens is one of the best places to see humpbacks on their winter migration, with a record 25,000 expected this year.