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Shoal Bay Holiday Park
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Bern, Switzerland
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Right next to the beach”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

We've had a powered site in that park. Unfortunately the site wasn't well looked after. There was a lot of rubbish lying around our site. But the facilities were clean. The best thing of course was the location. You had to cross the road and you were right on the beach. The beach is quite clean. One disturbing thing was the noise of the main road outside, but otherwise the park is a good choice, but also a bit expensive (AUD 40.- per nite and powered site).

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Marketing_Manager_OR, Marketing Manager at Shoal Bay Holiday Park, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Hi,
Thank you for taking the time to review Shoal Bay Holiday Park. The park is located in a fabulous spot across from Shoal Bay beach, plus only a short walk to local shops, restaurants and a pub. The prices do vary depending on the time of year and are very competitive with surrounding holiday parks in Port Stephens and the North Coast. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back to Shoal Bay Holiday Park again.
Kind regards, Madeleine
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Brisbane, Australia
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2013

We stayed for 10 nights over Christmas this year and the first thing that surprised us was how quiet the park was. There are no kids scootin or riding around before about 8am (we are used to them being out at 6). The park is very well run and the facilities spotless. Its in a great position straight across the road from Shoal Bay which is great for the kids. Its also in walking distance to a few take away's (all nice) and a pub and bottlo. All in all a really great park.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Marketing_Manager_OR, Marketing Manager at Shoal Bay Holiday Park, responded to this review, January 6, 2013
Hi Samantha,

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Shoal Bay Holiday Park. We were delighted to read that you loved your 10 night stay over Christmas. Your comments have been passed onto all our team. You are right the park is located in a fantastic spot across the road from the stunning beach and a short walk to shops and restaurants. We hope to welcome you back to Shoal Bay again soon.

Kind regards, Madeleine
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Sydney, New South Wales
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed August 28, 2012

I stayed here with my boyfriend and his mum. We stayed in a 2 br cabin which is perfect for that mix of people as my boyfriend's mum had her own room but we had a communal space to share. The room was spotless and surprisingly spacious. You have a car park right next to the cabin that would fit two cars: one in front, one behind.
The location of the holiday park is stunning, right across the road from the best beach in Port Stevens. The staff were very friendly and the grounds were clean.
I imagine the holiday park would be very busy on the peak season (although it was quiet when we went in late August) but that is what you would expect staying at a holiday park!

I would definitely recommend anyone looking for a value for money beach break holiday to stay here.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2012

We stayed two nights in a sunseeker cabin and were pleasently surprised. The cabin was spotless and felt brand new. The fully equiped kitchen was a nice extra. Great value for money. We would definately recommend these cabins to couples. The only reason for not giving the sleep quality an excellent rating is that one night it was really windy and we could hear this rattling noise all night, not sure what is was, something in the wall or underneath the cabin. But despite that we absolutely liked it. The Shoal Bay Holiday Park is in a great location and all staff were really friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Marketing_Manager_OR, Marketing Manager at Shoal Bay Holiday Park, responded to this review, August 25, 2012
Dear Kathrin,

Thank you so much for your amazing review of Shoal Bay Holiday Park. The Sunseeker Villas are brand new cabins and they are perfect for the couple or business getaways as they are only 1 bedroom. Shoal Bay also has other new product (Catamaran Villas) which are 2 bedroom and more suitable for families or even 2 couples travelling together.

We were delighted to read you had a fantastic time and hope to see you back at Shoal Bay Holiday Park again soon.

Kind regards, Madeleine
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Maitland, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2012

Great setting, quiet and restful. Had a wonderful weekend away from it all Would recommend this spot to anyone wanting a nice romantic getaway, Friendly efficient staff and a great location for young families as well

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Marketing_Manager_OR, Marketing Manager at Shoal Bay Holiday Park, responded to this review, August 8, 2012
Hi Mark,
Thank you for your fantastic review of Shoal Bay Holiday Park. We have a variety of cabins to suit the romantic getaways and family and group getaways. We were delighted to read you had a great time and we hope to welcome you back to Shoal Bay Holiday Park again soon.
Kind regards, Madeleine
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Armidale, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed August 3, 2012

This caravan park is well run and looked after.
The amenities are well cared for and spotless. A credit to the cleaners! I would recommend it to any traveller. It is handy to some wonderful walks in Tomaree National Park and such a beautiful spot to spend a week or 2.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Marketing_Manager_OR, Marketing Manager at Shoal Bay Holiday Park, responded to this review, August 5, 2012
Dear Denise,

Thank you for your outstanding review of Shoal Bay Holiday Park. As the Marketing Manager, I appreciate all feedback, positive and negative, and use reviews as a way to train our staff and improve park operations. I will pass on your positive feedback to our cleaners. The park is located in a fantastic spot close to the beach, restaurants and shops.

We do hope to welcome you back in the near future.

Kind regards,

Madeleine
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Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed April 30, 2012

The 2 bed cabin we rented had been recently refurbished and was very clean and generally comfortable. Beds were a little lumpy and we missed having a dishwasher and washer/dryer (though the site does have laundry facilities which have to paid for) but I think it represented good value for money. The kids play area was aimed at children a little younger than our two 7 year olds but the shared BBQ facilities were good. The best thing about the place is its close proximity to the wonderful beach, there are also a few bars, shops and restaurants a short walk away which is useful. The staff were very nice and ensured the 'no noise after 10pm' rule was adhered to. The only slight gripe we had was that there was a large party staying at the site who 'booked out' one of the large BBQ areas for two full days, meaning we had to walk a little further to cook up in the evening.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Shoal Bay Holiday Park
Address: Shoal Bay Road | Shoal Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Port Stephens
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 33 Specialty Lodging in Port Stephens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Shoal Bay Holiday Park 4*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shoal Bay Holiday Park is directly opposite one of the most beautiful beaches on the east coast of Australia. The gentle, aquamarine waters & clean white sand of Shoal Bay provide a perfect swimming beach that the kids will love and within just two minutes walk, you'll find the beachside village of Shoal Bay with cafes, shops, restaurants & clubs. Facilities include:* half size tennis / basketball court* conference room* camp kitchen* games room* playground* disabled assisted living cabin* BBQs* guest laundry* school holiday activities program* powered sites* luxury one and two bedroom cabins. ... more   less 
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