Secluded enough to be a hidden getaway for a former prime minister and an absconding Jamaican sailor (James ‘Jimmy’ Levi) Jimmys Beach, near Port Stephens, remains an untouched paradise.
Either escaping the wilds of the Tasman Sea or the wilds of the media, Jimmy Levi and John Howard would be impressed today with the three, new, luxury safari-style, beach tents at North Coast Holiday Park
Jimmy’s Beach, only steps from pure white sand.
For those who dread the packing involved in camping and the set-up upon arrival, the new demand for ‘‘glamping’’ [glamorous camping] is answered by this unique, luxury experience inside a 50-square metre, canvas beach ‘‘chalet’’.
With huge verandahs and a 42-inch plasma TV, even a summer shower or two will not ruin your break away and it is right within your budget.
The beach tents tariff is only $85 a night for two people; only a fraction more for two extra ‘‘sun lovers’’.
The holiday park installed the tents last summer as part of a $3 million complete redesign including landscaping, a fire pit, camp kitchen, new barbecue area, easy access facilities, serviced area for 130 vans (water, power and sewerage) and a selection of cabins.
You will not be swapping bumper-to-bumper traffic with bumper-to-bumper people either.
Hawkes Nest is still ‘‘unoccupied’’ with less than 200 residents and has surf beaches to the east, Myall River and estuary to the west and Port Stephens to the south.
Holiday activities in the region include swimming, snorkeling, surfing (Bennetts beach is renowned), diving, golfing, bush walking, dolphin and whale spotting, four-wheel driving and fishing.