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Published September 10th 2012
Affordable Luxury Accommodation
The two towns of Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest are situated on Myall River on the northern side of Port Stephens, which is approximately one hour drive from Newcastle and two and half hours north of Sydney. With 145km of amazing coastlines, this area is popular for fishing and water sports including snorkelling, diving, kayaking and swimming.
Oaks Boathouse Resort is centrally located and overlooks the stunning lake. It features top class facilities including a heated swimming pool with a sandy beach, comfortable easy chairs and shade sails. The swimming pool area is beautifully landscaped and is the perfect place to relax, so bring a book and work on your tan, while the children play on the small beach and splash around on the shallow end of the pool. If you enjoy swimming, you will love the lap pool.
And when you are done relaxing, head to the resort's steam room or gym.
In reception you will find lovely staff, who can organise various tours for you and offer helpful suggestions on places to explore and activities to enjoy. You can also hire a bike and Playstation console for the kids.
Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen including a dishwasher, microwave and plenty of cupboard space. The bathrooms are generous and with spa baths. Every unit also has reverse cycle air conditioning, large dining table, direct dial phones, plasma TV with Foxtel and broadband internet access.
Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and take bottled water on your walk.
The following are popular walking tracks in the area:
Yacaaba Walk – 6km
Mungo Bush Rainforest Walk – 2km
Spring Flower Walk – 4km
River Mouth Walk – 2km
Mungo Track Nature Walk – 0.6km
For more information and maps on these great walks, visit the Visitor Information Centre at 245 Myall Street, Tea Gardens
Sun, Surf and Sand
Two of the most popular beaches Bennetts Beach, also known as Hawks Nest Beach and Jimmys Beach, provide a great opportunity for relaxation. Bennetts Beach stretches 14km and is patrolled by volunteer lifesavers during the summer season October to March, weekends and every day during the holidays.
Jimmys Beach is usually calm and sheltered, making it ideal for fishing, snorkelling, jet skiing and windsurfing.
Great Lakes Library runs school holiday activities and has a great playground outside. Children's craft classes are run at the Black Possum Gallery at 197 Myall Street, Tea Gardens. If you have boys, they will enjoy visiting Fighter World where they can touch and feel the fighter jets, hop into a cockpit and see a photographic display of aircraft models and weapons
Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest provide ideal cycling for all ages. Explore some of the incredible scenery the area has to offer. You can hire a bike from the resort or from Benchmark on Booner and download a cycle booklet
Whale and Dolphin Watching
While visiting this beautiful area, head over to Nelson Bay for dolphin and whale watching cruise. A population of over 120 bottlenose dolphins live within the port, so you are almost guaranteed to see some of these gracious animals. There are several cruises you can book including Moonshadow, Seascape Dolphin Watch, Tamboi Queen Cruises and Abundance Cruises. You can book your cruise through Cruise Port Stephens
If you decide to escape for a weekend or a holiday to Tea Gardens, then consider staying at the luxury Oaks Boathouse Resort. You won't be disappointed.