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Ocean rockpool nature tour: Tomaree

Tomaree National Park

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Discover the amazing world of rockpools along the rocky shores of Fishermans Bay on the Tomaree National Park coastline. See what you can find below the surface, not far from Nelson Bay.


Thursday 18 April 2024, 10am to 12pm.

Wednesday 2 October 2024, 1pm to 3pm.

No wheelchair access
Easy. Suitable for adults and children 5 years and over. There is a 1km return walk over rough headland.

Adults $15 per person. Child (5 to 16 years) $10 per person. Family $40 for 2 adults and 2 children.

Meeting point
Fishermans Bay foreshore
Bookings required. Phone 1300 072 757 for more information or to book online.
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Did you know that rockpools might just be the most absorbing places on the beach? Come on this 2hr tour near Tomaree National Park and find out more. An NPWS guide will help you search for the bizarre creatures that survive in this dynamic and diverse marine environment.

Search for cunjevoi or 'sea squirt', Port Jackson shark egg cases, cuttlefish, crabs, beautiful shells like limpets and zebra shells as well as sponges and algae. Look out for bottlenose dolphins, as they're often seen off the rock shelves swimming and playing in large groups.

Keep your eyes peeled for shorebirds, like the pied and sooty oystercatcher as they feed on the rock platforms and pool edges.

Learn about the white-bellied sea eagle and how they use this coastal area for food and nesting. Returning each year to the same nest to breed, these raptors are often spotted cruising the coastal breezes and make for some scenic bird watching.

Wear enclosed shoes and be prepared to get them a little wet. Bring a hat, sun protection and drinking water.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info