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NRMA Stockton Beach Holiday Park

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by Sue W (subscribe)
Lover of exploring, family, food and fun!
Published September 4th 2018
A family friendly beach escape, minutes from Newcastle CBD
The NRMA Stockton Beach Holiday Park is located on the other side of the Hunter River from Newcastle CBD, on the 32 kilometre-long Stockton Beach. This beach has "the longest moving sand dunes in the southern hemisphere" and is also a popular spot for fishing, 4WD'ing and tours to whizz down the huge sand dunes on wooden boards. The holiday park is ideally situated, as it is so close to the water that you can hear the waves crash at night and see the glorious sunrise on the beach the next morning. It is also a handy position for those who wish to go into Newcastle's city centre, as it is just a short walk from the holiday park to the Stockton ferry, which takes just 5 minutes to go across to Queens Wharf on the other side.

Newcastle can be a pricey place to stay in a hotel, so why not consider a cabin by the beach, instead of an inner city stay? The cabins are new, the facilities are modern and the beds are comfy. Why would you want to stay anywhere else?

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Wake up to the sunrise over the water each morning...


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...from your villa, metres from the sand


The holiday park consists of a range of villas, ensuite caravan sites, powered sites and unpowered sites. There is a small playground for the kids, a huge camp kitchen and Lexie's on the Beach café at the far end of the park - which opens at 7am every morning for coffee and breakfast. When you check in at the front reception, the staff are friendly and happy to answer any questions you may have. There is a boom gate for security at the front, so they provide you with a map and the code to get in and out easily.

On our two-night visit, we arrived at our Sand Dune Villa and were pleasantly surprised. It was refreshing to see that the photos on the website looked exactly like the interior of the cabin, with modern facilities and everything we would need for our short stay. After a big day out exploring Newcastle, or fishing on the beach, we were looking forward to returning to this "home away from home", which is what this holiday park offers.

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Drive along to find your cabin...


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Lexie's on the Beach cafe (green building) at the other end of the cabin area


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Sand Dune Villa - a comfortable place to relax at the end of the day


For the first night of our holiday, we decided to have dinner at the Stockton Bowling Club, which is just a few minutes walk from the back entrance to the holiday park. Inside is the popular L & J's Dining Chinese restaurant which had a constant revolving door of people coming to pick up takeaways, or locals walking in to meet up with friends for dinner. The restaurant is particularly family friendly, with kid's meals, mild Asian dishes and a dessert list to have everyone in the family salivating! On our second night, we decided to pick up takeaway pizzas from Pirate Point Pizza in the village of Stockton and have dinner on our little deck at the villa - both were outstanding! If we went back, we would go to both all over again.

Breakfast is always a highlight of any holiday for our family, and Lexie's on the Beach at the end of the holiday park didn't disappoint...

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Get up early and appreciate the sunrise...


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...then tuck into a tasty breakfast at Lexie's on the Beach!


On our family's visit to the NRMA Stockton Beach Holiday Park, we found the peninsula of Stockton interesting, due to its long and colourful history. After thousands of years of the Worimi indigenous people using the land, Stockton was settled in 1797 and was originally called "Pirates Point" as the result of escaped convicts being shipwrecked on the peninsula in 1800. Visitors can learn more about the history from reading the signs along The Shipwreck Walk, on the river walk to the ferry.

If you go for a walk along the streets, or to the village centre, the houses cover over 100 years of architecture. There are old and run-down houses over 100 years old next to renovated cottages from the 1920s, next to brick and weatherboard houses from the 1970s - and all the way up to modern houses of today. The character of this little town is something like we had never seen before and represents the history of the area - from early settlers to today.

For kids, however, the biggest joy is exploring Stockton Beach and finding enormous, whole shells along the yellow ribbon of sand that stretches on for miles...

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A family friendly beach escape, minutes from Newcastle CBD

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Why? A relaxing alternative to staying in the city
When: Open all year around.
Phone: 1800 778 562
Where: 3 Pitt Street, Stockton
Cost: See website for seasonal prices. Discount for NRMA members.
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