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Pacific Marina Luxury Apartments
These large, modern, self-contained apartments are in one of the best locations in town, close to shops, restaurants and the beach.
South Pacific Apartments
The upstairs apartments at this somewhat characterless block opposite Flynn’s Beach have sea views and those downstairs have a small terrace; all sleep between four and six people and are clean and bright.
Some of these large, classy and contemporary one- to three-bedroom apartments have fabulous sea views, although you'll save $55 if you're prepared to go without.
Close to the jetty, this 24-unit motel has been tastefully renovated and offers a breakfast buffet (at an extra charge). The best rooms have balconies, views and spa baths, and there are great-value one-bedroom suites with kitchenettes.
Bosuns Inn Motel
The friendly owners keep everything shipshape at this well-priced motel across the road from Park Beach. Blue trim and furnishings add a vaguely nautical flavour amid all the brickwork, and there's a nice pool at the rear.
Rockpool Motor Inn
South West Rocks
There's a slightly corporate vibe to this modern block, fronted by palm trees, but the rooms are smartly furnished and the onsite restaurant isn't bad either.
Hawks Nest Motel
Updated with new carpets, new furniture and bright photographic prints, this older-style two-storey brick motel is an appealing option.
El Paso Motor Inn
This kitsch Mexicana motel holds its own as a cheap and cheerful one-stop shop in the centre of town, complete with palm trees, terracotta decor and a swimming pool. It has beach access and does a penny-pincher dinner and B&B packages.
Guests can make like Robinson Crusoe in one of the three luxury treehouses at this tranquil retreat. For those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground, there's a range of cottages and a four-bedroom house with a hot tub.
Beaches Serviced Apartments
You'll find all the comforts of home (including full kitchens and laundry facilities) in these beautifully kept apartments, ranging in size from studio to three-bedroom. There's a pretty palm-lined pool too.
A tidy pub within walking distance to Nelson Bay’s shops and marina. The standard rooms might be small and basic but they have private bathrooms. Pub grub and pool are a staple in Red Bellies bistro (open for lunch and dinner).
Halifax Holiday Park
Excellent cabins right on the beach.
Coffs Harbour Yha
With service and amenities like these, it’s a wonder hotels don’t go out of business. The dorms are spacious, the private rooms have bathrooms, and the TV lounge and kitchen are immaculate. You can hire surfboards and bikes.
Head up to the roof of this central midrise block for a BBQ, a splash about in the heated lap pool, or simply to soak in the views. Studios have kitchenettes and access to a free communal laundry, while one- and two-bedrooms are fully self-contained.
Don’t be put off by the exterior, which manages to be forbidding despite being bright orange. This capacious brick house has homely dorms and a shady courtyard. Surfboards, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, canoes and snorkelling gear are free to borrow.
Port Macquarie Backpackers
This heritage-listed house has pressed-tin walls, colourful murals and a leafy backyard with a small pool. Traffic can be noisy, but the freebies (including wi-fi, bikes and bodyboards) compensate.
Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park
With extensive facilities and a roomy feel, this quality place is right by the river mouth. There's a backpackers' area with a separate kitchen and lounge.
Melaleuca Surfside Backpackers
Architect-designed wooden cabins are set amid peaceful scrub inhabited by koalas and kookaburras at this friendly, well-run place. There’s a welcoming lounge area and kitchen, and the owners offer sandboarding and other day trips.
Flynns On Surf Beach Villas
Just a 2-minute walk from Flynns Beach, these spacious villas each offer free Wi-Fi, a balcony and lock-up garage. There is a heated pool and a patio with BBQ facilities...
The Observatory Holiday Apartments
Relax on your private balcony and gaze out at the Pacific Ocean, you may even spot a whale! The Observatory Holiday Apartments offer self-contained accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool, BBQ facilities and free WiFi...
Mantra Aqua Resort
Mantra Aqua Resort offers modern apartments with a private balcony, a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. Guests enjoy an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub and a small air-conditioned fitness room...
Flynns Beach Resort
Just 2 minutes’ walk from Flynns Beach, this resort features a tennis court and a fitness centre. A private balcony overlooking the pool and tropical gardens is standard in all apartments...