Summer Bay’s Sands Resort, built by Gordon Macklin, opened it’s doors in Episode 389 in 1989.
It’s first exterior appearance on screen was in the previous episode, and the real-life hotel used for it’s first incarnation, the first of at least three, was the Stamford Grand North Ryde in Macquarie Park (the suburb was previously part of North Ryde and the name remained).
This filming location continued to be seen in scenes and stock shots throughout the early years of the show—and was revisited more recently in 2007, when Sam Tolhurst stayed in Room 309 on the eve of her wedding to Jack Holden.
Plans were approved in late 2012 for the hotel to be demolished and replaced with seven apartment towers, which will be known as Macquarie Park Village.
AddressStamford Grand North Ryde
Cnr Epping & Herring Roads
Macquarie Park NSW 2113