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Gould's petrel immersive story Tomaree Head

Tomaree National Park


See the amazing journey of the Gould’s petrel come to life with our augmented reality immersive story. Enjoy this mobile experience at Tomaree National Park, or without leaving home.

  • Simply download and open the free NSW National Parks mobile app for iOS or Android
  • Search for 'petrel' to find the Gould's petrel immersive story then ‘tap to begin‘
Tomaree National Park
What to
Mobile phone, headphones

'The Petrel, the Love-box and the Egg' is an innovative augmented reality experience. It gives you a window into one of Australia’s rarest seabirds through 3D illustrations, animation, interactive graphics, and audio, using your mobile device.

It’s best experienced on location at Tomaree Head summit lookout, near Port Stephens. Enjoy the views across the water to the islands where the endangered petrels breed as you discover the remarkable story of the Gould’s petrel’s lifecycle, and successful conservation efforts led by NSW National Parks (NPWS).

But you don’t need to visit Tomaree National Park to enjoy this experience. Whether you’re at home or in the park, you can connect with this immersive story on your mobile device via the free NPWS mobile app.

Experience at Tomaree National Park

  • Look for signs along Tomaree Head Summit walk showing how to download the story.
  • At Tomaree Head summit lookout, scan the Gould's petrel image to launch your interactive story.
  • You can also download the NPWS app before you visit.
  • Scan the QR code on signs at the start of Tomaree Head summit walk or at the summit's lookout. These link to the NPWS app, where the AR story can be viewed on location.

Experience at home, anywhere, anytime

  • Simply download and open the free NSW National Parks mobile app for iOS or Android.
  • Go to Immersive stories to view the Gould's petrel immersive story and ‘tap to begin‘.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


  • Coastal view from Tomaree Head summit walk. Photo: John Spencer/OEH

    Tomaree Head Summit walk

    Tomaree Head Summit walk offers a short but challenging hike and picturesque ocean views across Port Stephens and beyond. Enjoy a well-earned lunch at the summit on the bench by the lookout.

  • Visitors at the World War II gun emplacement at Fort Tomaree. Photo: J Spencer/OEH

    World War II gun emplacements

    Discover the military history of Port Stephens on a guided tour of the historic gun emplacements at Tomaree Head in Tomaree National Park on the north coast of NSW.

  • Young couple on Fort Tomaree walk in Tomaree National Park. Photo: J Spencer/OEH

    Fort Tomaree walk

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