Now that we’re more than half way through July, you may be dreading the fact that most of the public holidays have passed and that the Christmas break is months away. If there’s one thing I’m good at, it is taking regular short trips.
Never underestimate what a weekend away could do for you!
Just before I jump into a mini-series of blog posts on favourite eating spots in Port Stephens, let me start by sharing with you, one of the best (and most affordable) resorts in New South Wales.
Oaks Pacific Blue is a relatively new resort located in Salamander Bay at Nelson Bay in NSW’s North Coast and is only a 2.5 hour drive away from Sydney. Its luxurious serviced apartments, townhouses and hotel rooms makes it the perfect home away from home.

Oaks Pacific Blue Resort

What makes Oaks Pacific Blue Resort so spectacular is their lagoon-style pool which encircles the entire resort and at 480m in length, it is apparently the longest pool in Australia! Some of the apartments and town houses have their own plunge pools as well, and there are also several man-made beaches and spas dotted around the lush tropical perimeter.

Oaks Pacific Blue Resort - short trips from Sydney

Prices start from just $114 for a hotel room or for $275, you can get a spacious two storey 3 bedroom apartment with full kitchen and laundry facilities and your own private plunge pool!
So, don’t forget to check back regularly over the next week for new posts on my fave eating spots in Port Stephens!

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Oaks Pacific Blue Resort
265 Sandy Point Road, Salamander Bay, NSW

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.