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Wreck Beach

Tomaree National Park

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Wreck Beach is in Tomaree National Park at the end of Wreck Beach walk. It’s a peaceful little cove with beautiful sand, perfect for whale watching or just a barefoot stroll along the seashore.

You can spot pretty Wreck Beach from the lookout at Tomaree Headland Summit. Tucked behind the seaside community of Shoal Bay, it’s a popular place for locals to go for a dip or to catch some waves.

Wreck beach is unpatrolled, so be careful when surfing or swimming here.

To reach the beach from Verona Road in Shoal Bay, follow the track onto the fire trail, then continue along Wreck Beach walk. Take care as some sections of the trail have steep steps. After passing through lush angophora forest you’ll reach the small cove of Wreck Beach, with its pristine sand and open views of the ocean.


  • Wreck Beach walk, Tomaree National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH

    Wreck Beach walk

    The short walk to Wreck Beach offers a private alternative to the beaches of Port Stephens, with opportunities for picnicking and whale watching.

  • Two men sit on towels on the white sands of Box Beach, against a backdrop of breaking surf, blue ocean water and rugged rocky coastline. Photo: © Erin McGauley

    Box Beach

    Box Beach is a surf spot located between Fingal Bay and Shoal Bay in Tomaree National Park. Use caution when swimming at this isolated and peaceful beach.

These maps give a basic overview of park attractions and facilities, and may not be detailed enough for some activities. We recommend that you buy a topographic map before you go exploring.