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October 14th, 2013

(Snap!) My Weekend In Pics.

(Snap!) My Weekend In Pics.

On Friday night, we threw the kids and a couple of bags in the car and headed to Port Stephens.

This was the ‘get-me-through-to-Christmas’ break we all needed. Sun, saltwater, exercise, early nights and early mornings.

I’ve been visiting this part of the NSW mid north coast my whole life and it remains such an unspoilt special part of the world.

Beautiful clear water, empty beaches, fresh seafood and wide open safe spaces for kids.

I ran, ate, slept, had a massage – it was the recharge I didn’t know I needed but goodness I did.

I was horrified to discover that the region had been struck by fires on Sunday afternoon. By the time I was home, parts of Fingal Bay were destroyed.

Thankfully no lives were lost but the community lost homes, memories and some of its picturesque bush.

Happily most of the region remains as in my pictures below but it’s a reminder about how important local tourism is to small communities.

I believe passionately in taking holidays in your own back yard- see the rest of the world but make sure that you see Australia.



Beach print on print. Skirt from Tree of Life.

Dock of the bay. Anchorage Port Stephens.

Passionfruit and vanilla cookie ice cream from Nelson Bay Marina.

Chic welcome mats at the resort.

Best potato scallops we’ve had in forever. Salt Mine Fish & Chips at Salamander Bay.

Fingal Bay, Port Stephens.

Noah juice – new obsession – from The Home Interior, Nelson Bay.

Palms. Never gets old.

Soldiers Point Dozen.

The ones I love.

Bella Rose Boutique, Nelson Bay.

Piccolo perfection. The Home Interior – Nelson Bay.

Just me and this. Fingal Bay, Port Stephens.

Chocolate fondant with peanut butter ice cream at Merretts Restaurant, Anchorage Port Stephens.

Sad to see this weekend go. Zimmermann cover-up.


I stayed at the Anchorage Port Stephens which is right on the water at Corlette Point overlooking the Marina.

It’s a great place for the kids – lots of space for them to run, a child friendly pool and  show me a child that doesn’t love a breakfast buffet.

Port Stephans is only two and a half hours drive from Sydney and sits right next door to Nelson Bay, Salamander Bay and Soldiers Point. Swim with dolphins, whale watch, fish, swim, paddle board – anything you can do in or on the water is possible.

My favourite thing to do is pack a picnic, hire a runabout and go and find you own private beach for the day.


I love a resort with their own spa on site. The Shayna Day Spa at Anchorage Port Stephens do great massages – Saxon and I both indulged. An hour massage is  $115 but you must book because it’s very popular. Go to

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  • sally

    Love it P – my backyard (we seachanged up here about 6 months after I left ACP) – bit of a scary one though yesterday! Hope you and the family are well.

  • MissR

    Paula – the dress at the top of the article? Looks amazing, Zimmermann? Xx

  • Kate O

    My family have a house at Fingal and have been holidaying here since forever. I was proposed to at Dutchies beach just a month ago! Pure bliss this time of year- the weather and the water starts to get warmer but it’s still quiet ahead of the Chrissie holiday madness!

  • PaulaJoye

    Hi Sally – what a fabulous change of life. And adventure.
    Lovely to hear from you.

  • PaulaJoye

    It is Zimmermann and a WINNER.

  • PaulaJoye

    Lucky you!
    Such a great, unspoilt patch of the world.

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Beautiful part of the world and lovely pics,thanks for sharing!

  • Port Stephens

    So glad that you are loving our beautiful area. What a great review. thank you

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