Come springtime, you'll have yet another utterly worthy excuse to take a sneaky getaway to the dreamy waters, pristine beaches and magnificent sunsets of Port Stephens, which is just two and a half hours' drive north of Sydney. That's because Bannisters — the Mollymook retreat known for its laidback luxury — is opening brand new digs this September. And, to celebrate, we're teaming up with the team to give some lucky legend a weekend getaway.
Should you get your mitts on this glorious prize, you and a lover (or a buddy) will be spending two lazy nights in a Luxury Suite. With breakfast included each day, this treat is worth a cool 950 bucks alone. To that you can add a meal at Rick Stein at Bannisters, where you'll be tucking into $150 of perfect local seafood.
Bannisters is perched right on the water, backdropped by spectacular Soldiers Point and surrounded by koala-filled bushland. While some rooms front onto the bay, others face forest. Luxury Suites do both, with private balconies overlooking serene watery vistas, foregrounded by treetops. Expect a king-sized bed, a separate lounge room and 50 square metres of space.
You can claim your prize at any point up until September 2019 (excluding school holidays), giving you ample opportunity to carve out a little pocket of me-time. Whether you want to use it as a base for exploring the Hunter Region — which is only an hour away — or stay put for an ultra-relaxed vacation, this is one prize that's sure to make your mates jealous — unless you can convince them to join you.