During the day (between lessons!), I could walk to Kotara Westfield, or Charlestown Marketplace! In fact, I could stay at the Charlestown Mercure with Velocity points!

See the animals at Blackbutt Reserve.

On night's off I could explore the small bars here!

Cruise ships pull into the port!

Cross the bridge and relax in the Hunter Wetlands.

Drink at the Lucky Hotel!

Stock up on Ginseng at Kwon Mart.

The wreck of the MV Sygna is 8.8km from the southern end of the beach.

Stay at the Oriental Hotel!
Somewhat more upmarket: The Ibis Hotel!

You can prepare meals in the communal kitchen (I could buy some ingredients from Delikacies!
Don't stay there in the middle of winter!