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This aptly named Beach House provided a clean and wonderfully comfortable home away from home on our road trip from Melbourne and was a convenient base from which to explore the Port Stephens area. We spent many relaxing hours on the balcony enjoying the company of kookaburras, lorikeets and pied butcher birds and being able to see the sea from where we sat. The bird-life was one aspect of the location which attracted us and did not disappoint.
Being a couple on our own meant we didnt need to use the extra two bedrooms or the bungalow (in the back garden) but the living area, kitchen and large dining table provided plenty of space. We found everything we needed here for cooking and the wood fire in the lounge kept us cosy at night. The friendly IGA at Anna Bay supplied our wood and many of our meal ingredients.
There are some lovely local walks close by including Boat Harbour bay itself and the nearby headland with its cairn (look out for the white-cheeked honeyeaters). We were utterly delighted by the day we spent at Stockton Dunes with its kilometres of beach to stroll along and its caf. We were privileged while there to see a black swan, red-capped dotterels and brahminy kites.
A town with some buzz and a helpful Information Centre is Nelson Bay about a ten minute drive from Boat Harbour. There you can shop, eat or have coffee, explore the marina and stroll along the foreshore. The Inner Lighthouse and caf at nearby Shoal Bay is also really worth a visit.
Other highlights from our visit to the Port Stephens area included discovering the glorious rock formations at Fingal Bay (we watched Humpback whales from a viewing platform at Barrys Park), walking in Tomaree National Park and watching the sun go down from the decking at the Little Beach Boathouse Restaurant.