You don’t need to go far to escape
Staycations are an opportunity, not a compromise. There is so much beauty, luxury, and tranquility within easy distance of Sydney - and no passport is required. Neighbourhood Media invites you to explore your own magnificent backyard - beginning with Port Stephens.
A mere two and a half hour drive north of Sydney, the picturesque bays and headlands of Port Stephens render it a geographical artwork. The natural surrounds have been well preserved making it a go-to destination for those who want to be one with the Earth and get up close to local wildlife. You can swim with wild dolphins, cruise close to whales, or ride camels along the beach.
Port Stephens offers the perfect holiday for those chasing adventure as well as calm: dive the clear waters; surf the waves; trek through undulating green hills; or tackle the giant sand dunes on quad bikes or sand-boards.
For the ultimate Port Stephens holiday you need to stay at Bannisters.
Bannisters, Port Stephens is a measure of discreet opulence. Surrounded by bushland and facing the limitless blue sea, this modern, stylish hotel is a self-contained paradise.
High ceilings, open spaces, and large glass windows allow a flow through of the natural expanse outside.
At just three years old, Bannisters is a complete renovation of the iconic Salamander Shores Hotel that once stood on the site. The impressive complex is un-intrusive in the natural environs and offers 29 Paperbark rooms which overlook the kookaburra and koala habitats, 49 Ocean view rooms, 4 Luxury Suites and a magnificent Penthouse with panoramic views of the Bay.
You can paddle to the edge of the infinity pool and look out at the deep blue bay. The various food offerings all use delicious, locally sourced produce including the freshest seafood.
Indulge yourself with a massage or special treatment at Spa Bannisters.
It’s everything you want in a luxury holiday without the hassle of security screening and hours in a cramped seat.
And guess what - they’ve even got a few dog-friendly rooms!
So start packing…