Wednesday 20 May 2015

Seaside Retreat Opens with Seafood, Wine and Whale Watch Package for Winter

A new-look, waterside retreat has opened in Port Stephens with a special launch package for winter offering a platter of local seafood, local wine and a whale-watch cruise to see some of the 20,000 humpbacks now heading up the coast.

The Thou Walla Sunset Retreat (pronounced 'dha walla') opened on the tip of Soldiers Point on what was once the Soldiers Point Holiday Park in late April, with 33 deluxe and refurbished, self-contained villas offering water views across Port Stephens and west over the bay towards the sunset each day. The retreat honours the original Worimi indigenous community, with 'Thou Walla' signifying a place to gather.

While standard villas accept children under 18, the revamped waterview spa villas and sunset villas are for adults only.

Aiming to reflect the beauty and abundance of Port Stephens, Thou Walla Sunset Retreat is offering a two-night package for couples available on weekends or weekdays until September 30, 2015. The deal is available for $398 per couple and includes two nights' accommodation in a deluxe waterview spa villa or waterview sunset villa for two adults, a bottle of local wine and platter of Port Stephens prawns and oysters on arrival, a cook-your-own BBQ breakfast pack for both mornings and a 90-minute whale-watch off Port Stephens with Imagine Cruises' new, fast cat, Envision. The offer excludes school holidays and long weekends and is subject to availability.

Surrounded by the calm waters of Port Stephens 10 minutes from Nelson Bay, Thou Walla Sunset Retreat offers a relaxed ambience, swimming pool and free wi-fi and plunger coffee in villas, with tennis courts, boat hire and an award-winning restaurant available nearby in Soldiers Point.

Bookings are available at Thou Walla Sunset Retreat on 1800 600 204 or

For general information on attractions, dining and events, visit the official website for Destination Port Stephens –

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