Breweries, excellent seafood, great coffee: the Mid-North coast now has a foodie feel.
One of Port Stephens' premier resorts has put on a fresh face.
With dwarf palm trees edging the pool and cane chairs dangling from the veranda, the place seems to murmur "oasis".
The highlights? The food, the food and the food. And did I mention the food?
The views here will liberate you from whatever cares awaits you back in the Big Smoke.
What can you get in this secluded misty wonderland? Peace, quiet, World Heritage rainforests, mountain ranges and unspoiled beaches for a start.
Beaching, brunching and boho hair buns – I can get use to this so called Byron Bay life.
If it's been a while since you stayed at a "youth hostel" you're in for a few surprises.