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Tomaree Head Summit walk

Tomaree National Park

Overview

Take a guided tour along Tomaree Head Summit walk, absorbing views of Port Stephens and the north coast. When you reach the summit, enjoy a relaxing lunch on the bench by the lookout.

Where
Tomaree National Park
Distance
2.2km return
Time suggested
1hr 30min - 2hrs
Grade
Grade 5
Price
Free
Opening times

What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water, sturdy shoes
Please note
  • The summit walk takes 45mins, but it is wise to allocate 1hr to allow yourself some time to enjoy the scenery for the summit.
  • Take care along the steep sections on this walk as well as paved areas that can become slippery when wet.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to whale watch – the best time of year is between May and October.

Take the invigorating short walk to the summit of Tomaree Head, 161m above the Port Stephens entrance. As you hike the track, you’ll enjoy unparalleled views of idyllic Port Stephens and its coastline. From the top, you can even see as far as Cabbage Tree and Boondelbah islands – these nature reserves are the world’s only nesting sites for the endangered Gould's petrel.

When you reach the summit, enjoy panoramic views of Yacaaba Head, Cabbage Tree, Boondelbah and Broughton Islands from the north platform. From the south platform, views of Zenith, Wreck and Box Beaches, Fingal Island and Point Stephens Lighthouse will be sure to impress. Be sure to check out the historic World War II gun emplacements. Take your binoculars as you might be lucky to see some dolphins.

There’s a picnic table at the lookout, so if you have time, take a picnic lunch or some morning tea to enjoy as you take in the view. On the way back down, don’t forget to try Fort Tomaree walk.

Take a virtual tour of Tomaree Head Summit 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

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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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Tomaree Head Summit Walk, Tomaree National Park. Photo: John Spencer