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Fort Tomaree walk

Tomaree National Park

Overview

Fort Tomaree walk is an easy walk that runs just above Tomaree Head Summit walk and the World War II gun emplacements, used in the defence of east coast Australia during World War II.

Where
Tomaree National Park
Distance
2.2km return
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
Please note

  • There are some steep sections and the pavement can become slippery when wet, so use caution when walking.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch or whalewatch
  • Zenith Beach is a sanctuary zone, meaning no collecting or fishing is permitted.

This easy walk on a paved track around the lower slopes of Tomaree Head brings you face-to-face with local military heritage – World War II gun emplacements, built in 1941 to defend the east coast of Australia. Learn about Fort Tomaree from interpretive signs, or take a guided Discovery tour for even more detail.

A further track takes you up elevated walkways on Tomaree Head Summit walk, which offers breathtaking lookout views over Port Stephens and nature reserves like Cabbage Tree Island. Humpbacks migrate past here in winter and spring, so you’ll want to bring your camera for whale watching.

Finish your visit by relaxing on the lovely sands of beautiful Zenith Beach, near where the walk begins. Or make your way to the nearby picnic area; an idyllic spot to unwind underneath the shade of angophora trees.

Take a virtual tour of Fort Tomaree walk captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Google Trekker, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Conservation program:

Saving our Species conservation program

Saving our Species is a innovative conservation program in NSW. It aims to halt and reverse the growing numbers of Australian animals and plants facing extinction. This program aims to secure as many threatened species that can be secured in the wild as possible, for the next 100 years. 

Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

Operated by

  • Nelson Bay
  • 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
  • (02) 4984 8200
  • (02) 4981 5918
  • Level 1, 12B Teramby Road, Nelson Bay NSW

Park info

  • in Tomaree National Park in the North Coast region
  • Tomaree National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • Nelson Bay
      (02) 4984 8200
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • Level 1, 12B Teramby Road, Nelson Bay NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4981 5918
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Fort Tomaree, Tomaree National Park. Photo: John Spencer