The $2 million renovations to the Seabreeze Hotel in Port Stephens have been completed, with the hotel now offering a new-look restaurant, public bar, bistro and accommodation – all right in the heart of Nelson Bay.
Located within walking distance of the Nelson Bay shops and the d’Albora Marina – where guests can embark on whale watching cruises as well as other water sports – the refurbished hotel is already proving popular among locals and visitors to the region. Nelson Bay’s oldest hotel has been renovated to be reminiscent of a Santa Monica beachside retreat and features two food offerings – a bistro and a more upmarket Mediterranean restaurant with wine and cocktail bar. The new menu offers freshly made pastas, wood-fired pizzas and a selection of seafood including salmon, king dory, oysters and mussels.
The hotel’s accommodation has also received a facelift, with refurbished rooms being fully air-conditioned and containing ensuite bathrooms. The accommodation costs from $125 per night, twin-share, subject to availability and change.
While staying at the Seabreeze Hotel, guests can enjoy a new, shorter 90 min whale watch tour on board Envision. Unlike other cruise boats in Port Stephens, the fast cat, Envision, gets out to the action faster than other operators, allowing guests to spend more time spotting humpback whales as they migrate through the Port Stephens’ waters. The tours are small in size, giving guests 360-degree views and the special attention of guides as they watch for the whales and see bottlenose dolphins along the way. The cruises depart daily from May to November at 11am,1.30pm and 3.30pm.
Guests can also sand-board down the largest sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere with Port Stephens 4WD Tours. People of all ages can experience unlimited sandboarding on the slopes, which are up to 40m in height. Included is sand board hire, 4WD return transfers, instruction and supervision by staff and a complimentary bottle of water.
A new combo package includes both the 90 min Envision whale watch tour and sandboarding with Port Stephens 4WD Tours for $78.50 per adult and $42.50 per children. A family rate is available for $120, for two adults and two children.
Other attractions in the Port Stephens area include the Irukandji Shark and Ray centre, where visitors can hop into the water with sharks and rays and see them up close and personal, the Cookabarra Restaurant at Bobs Farm – attached to its very own barramundi and hydroponic vegetable farm growing fresh produce on site – and Tilligerry Habitat, a nine hectare flora and fauna reserve known for its koala colony.
To find out more about Port Stephens, including places to stay, things to do and see and activity packages, visit www.portstephens.org.au