Karuah » Relax
How to get here: Head north from Newcastle along the Pacific Highway and take the Karuah exit.
What to bring: A boat, fishing line or picnic basket.
Who should go: Families and anyone looking for a peaceful day by the water and away from the crowds.
What to do: Relax by taking a picnic to the foreshore, or drop a boat into the water and go fishing.
Where to eat: In keeping with the laid-back feel of Karuah, the local fish and chip shop on Tarean Road is as good as you'll find anywhere, selling locally caught seafood and featuring a cosy courtyard area. If you are fealing like more of a meal then both the Karuah RSL & Karuah Hotel have a great restaurant so that meals maybe enjoyed with an ale or two..
Best kept secret: Is probably the town itself. Karuah has fallen off many maps since it was bypassed by the Pacific Highway about four years ago, but it has reinvented itself as an untouched piece of waterfront paradise.
The town's quaint foreshore makes it almost unique among the hustle and bustle of waterfront areas between Newcastle and the Queensland border. Karuah's on the water and doesn't have the crowds. If you really just want to get away from it all, then this is the place to come. Karuah's appeal is in its small-town charm. Places like Morpeth and Dungog have been successful in bringing events and travellers to town, and Karuah is heading along the same track. The Karuah River of Music festival launched last year and was a massive success that gave local businesses a big boost. Both the port and mangrove-lined river provide excellent fishing opportunities, and on any day scores of boats can be seen dotting the spectacular view into the belly of Port Stephens. For those who don't have their sea legs, the beautifully kept parkland on either side of the Karuah Bridge provides the perfect spot for a picnic or to kick a football on a sunny day. Those looking for something more active can head to the Karuah Golf Club, which maintains a tree-lined nine-hole golf course just south of the town.
With so much to offer, anyone who chooses to bypass Karuah may be missing a unique and laid-back experience.
Tennis courts are available for hire if interested. Please visit our local bottle shop (next to IGA) to book your time and obtain the keys.