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Sitting on the inland tip of Port Stephens bay, Karuah is the gateway to some of the East Coast’s most beautiful areas. Located just 40 minutes from Newcastle and the beautiful Nelson Bay area, and 20 minutes from the stunning towns of Tea Garden and Hawks Nest, Karuah is the ideal place to set up base as you explore everything Port Stephens, Great Lakes and the Hunter regions have to offer. 

Whether you’re looking for a fun-filled family adventure of whale watching or kayaking, or a romantic winery getaway, you can do it all from here!

As well as its proximity to excellent surrounds, Karuah itself has plenty to offer travellers looking for the perfect holiday experience. We are the home of Australia's best oysters, the freshest of which guests can pick up from one of the many oyster sheds down by the river.

Karuah also boasts beautiful parks and gardens great for a picnic and is the perfect place to search for frolicking dolphins which frequent the area.  Also a fantastic fishing location, our famous Karuah River attracts fishermen from all around the state. Our well-established motel offers off-street boat parking at 'The Gardens' for your convenience.  

Port Stephens and Surrounds

Karuah Gardens Motel is the ideal location for travellers. Just 2 hours north of Sydney, it is the perfect stop before or after taking on the big city.  It's also a great destination for holiday makers, looking for the perfect home base for those wishing to explore the beautiful region and its surrounds.

A stay at Karuah Gardens Motel allows you to take in everything Port Stephens has to offer, with whale and dolphin cruises as well as fishing charters available. Stockton sand dunes are a big hit with travellers, and tours are run daily.  Spend the day tasting some of Australia's best wines as you explore the picturesque Hunter Valley, and take a stroll around the Hunter Valley Gardens, which is a favourite attraction for families.  

Head east to the beautiful nearby towns of Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens, where you’ll find our closest beach, or take a trip north to explore everything there is to see and do in the Great Lakes Region.