We all know the dangers of driving while tired, and that drivers should take a break at least every two hours. But forget dodgy roadside rest stops. We’ve collated six of our favourite coastal pubs and hotels so you can stop, revive and THRIVE in some of the best pitstops in the state.
And needless to say, stick to the orange juice if you’re the one behind the wheel ….
1.The Kingscliff Beach Hotel
What you’ll find: Otherwise known as the ‘Kingy’, this light and airy coastal hotel features a roomy sports bar, an alfresco beer garden, pool tables and top-notch kids play area.
Why you’ll love it: This place will get you in the holiday mood. Sublime views, delectable food and plenty of room for the crew to stretch their legs.
2.The Rod and Reel Hotel
What you’ll find: A welcoming classic Aussie pub overlooking Woodburn Park and the Richmond River. Complete with bistro, kids play area and a pet-friendly beer garden.
Why you’ll love it: With its hearty pub food and relaxed, friendly atmosphere, this is the ideal recharging station for the entire family.
3.The Moonee Beach Tavern
Where is it? Just north of Coffs Harbour on the NSW Coffs Coast, this tavern is a stone’s throw from our Moonee Beach park. It’s also an ideal stopover for those heading south to Mylestom or Nambucca Heads.
What you’ll find: An old-school pub that’s clearly a favourite with the locals. Enjoy some cheap-as-chips meals in the spacious beer garden and let any tensions of the trip simply melt away.
Why you’ll love it: If you’re travelling with kids, this is where it’s at. The Kids Zone features free mini-golf, jumping castle and activity room. Perfect for wearing them out before getting back in the car.
4.The Scarborough Hotel
What you’ll find: An achingly hip 1836 beachside hotel, recently renovated with a contemporary, stylish interior. Enjoy a coffee in the Fort Café, or take your drink alfresco and enjoy the sea breezes.
Why you’ll love it: Where do we begin? Whether it’s the commanding views from the balcony or the Insta-worthy garden huts, The Scarborough is definitely worth the detour from the highway.
5.The Huskisson Pub
What you’ll find: A beautifully renovated 1932 hotel with unparalleled views over Jervis Bay. Kick back in the Sports Bar or enjoy a delicious meal in the Brasserie.
Why you’ll love it: This place oozes style with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. You’ll love the fit out, the deliciously fresh local produce, and of course those breathtaking ocean views.
6.The Tathra Hotel
What you’ll find: A charming and recently renovated country-style hotel. Perched on the headland with stunning views, this family-friendly destination offers good food, good beers and good vibes.
Why you’ll love it: What’s not to love? Beautiful surrounds, friendly staff, boutique beers on tap and an array of mouth-watering meals to sustain you for the rest of your journey.
So next time you’re planning a road trip to your favourite Reflections Holiday Park, schedule a safety stopover at one of these heavenly hotels. After all, the journey is just as important as the destination!
Do you know any other coastal hotels that should be on this list? Let us know in the comments.