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About the Park Set among 15 acres of beautiful subtropical gardens, our holiday park is located near the beach in beautiful Port Stephens. View Map. Accommodation Cabins From our beachside villas to budget cabin accommodation and everything in between, we have something to suit every traveller. View now. Sites We offer a variety of beautifully landscaped powered concrete slab sites in various sizes which are suitable for caravans and campervans, as well as manicured powered and unpowered grass sites for tents.
Have questions? The residence, also sandstone, has three separate living units within the single structure. The point was linked to the mainland by a permanent sand spit.
In it was washed away in a gale and the spit has become an intermittent landform, covered at high tide. A small garrison of soldiers was established here in about the late s to try to prevent escaped convicts from Port Macquarie crossing the narrow section of Port Stephens en route to settled areas further south. He had associations with the Australian Agricultural Co. Cromarty became pilot at Newcastle, succeeding William Eckford in , when he was also engaged to sound and chart the Hunter River.
After receiving a serious injury while piloting a vessel, he resigned and settled at Soldiers Point where he had been granted land in lieu of the piece at Booral. Here he did cargo work with his ship Fame. He and his son William both died in apparently in an attempt to salvage a boat from One Mile Beach.
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His wife, with another son and three daughters, stayed on at Soldiers Point, where they kept a small store for passing whalers and fishermen. Mrs Cromarty died in , and was buried at Soldiers Point, as storms prevented the crossing to Carrington where her husband's remains had been taken. An extravaganza of stone-work welcomes you to Tanilba Bay. The Centenary Gates, designed and erected by Henry F. Halloran in , commemorate the arrival of the first settler, William Caswell.
He settled on his grants at Tanilba, where he built Tanilba House in He lived here for about ten years before moving to the Williams River, where he built Ballikera. Caswell's daughter married Andrew Lang of Dunmore. He died at sea in The house faces Port Stephens across Meridian Park, and has extravagant stone landscaping. In the s it was leased as their headquarters by the Gospel Fisherman Mission, before their move to Tahlee on the northern shore of the Port. Grahamstown Lake was constructed on the former Grahamstown Moors, beginning in The scheme was originally developed by a firm of Swedish consultants, and was built to augment water supply from Chichester Dam and Tomago Sandbeds.
The link to Seaham Weir on the Williams provides for adjustment of water levels in the river as well as the dam, so incorporating flood mitigation with water supply. Water from Grahamstown was first used in , some years before the whole scheme was completed.
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Port Stephens was discovered by Captain Cook in May , and was named after Sir Phillip Stephens, Secretary of the Admiralty In his log book Captain Cook wrote: "Friday 11th, Winds southerly in the day and in the night westerly and gentle breeze and clear weather. On the northern side of this point is an inlet which I call Port Stephens that appeared to me from the north head to be sheltered from all winds.
At the entrance lay 3 small islands, two of which are of a tolerable height and on the main near the shore are some high round hills that make it something like hills.
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In passing this bay at the distance of 2 or 3 miles from the shore our soundings were from 33 to 27 fathoms from which I conjectured that there might be a sufficient depth for shipping water in the bay. Lieutenant Shortland, in the Alexander transport on his return voyage to England, sailed out of Port Jackson on July, 14th with the intention to touch at Lord Howe Island, ran into very heavy swell which made it very difficult to keep the ships off shore. On 16th July the rocks off the entrance of Port Stephens bore northwest and Lieutenant Shortland very much regretted that this place had not been surveyed, had it been known to afford safe anchorage, it would have been much more prudent to put in there and wait for a change of wind.
Port Stephens was not entered until late in when the "Salamander", a convict transport paid a visit, during which an eye-sketch of the harbour and some of its arms was made. The Salamander was a ship rigged vessel of tons, three decks and 16 foot draught when loaded. It was built on the river Thames in The Salamander sailed from Plymouth with male convicts - on March 27th, Five convicts died during the voyage.
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Charles Grimes described the land as low and sandy and he had seen nothing in the harbour which in his opinion could render a second visit necessary. The natives were so unfriendly that he made few observations of them - he thought they were a taller and stouter race of people than those about Sydney and their language was entirely different. Their huts and canoes were something larger than those which we had seen in Sydney, their weapons were the same.