Fishermans Bay foreshore

Tomaree National Park

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Overview

Fishermans Bay foreshore close to Anna Bay and Nelson Bay on the north coast, is a great spot for family picnics, swimming, kayaking, rockpool walks or whale watching.

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Tomaree National Park
Please note
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to whale watch – the best time of year is between May and October.
  • When using the boat ramp please be aware that you cannot leave your vehicle on the beach.
  • At times it can be difficult to access the boat ramp if the beach is busy with people – try the beach boat ramp at Boat Harbour as an alternative.

Fishermans Bay foreshore in Tomaree National Park is a wonderful place for a family day out by the sea.

Featuring a lovely, secluded beach, it’s a great area for swimming and snorkelling on a sunny day. If you’re there between May and October it’s a good spot to watch whales on their annual migration along the north coast.

If you’re looking to go boating or kayaking for the day, you can launch your vessel from the small boat ramp here. And you’ll be able to find out more about the area at the information bay.

If you’re there at low tide, you could head out on an exploration – you never know what exotic sea creatures you may see.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Fishermans Bay foreshore.

Getting there and parking

Fishermans Bay foreshore is accessible via Pacific Street at Fishermans Bay.

To get there:

  • Take Gan Gan Road from Anna Bay or Nelson Bay and turn east into Morna Point Road
  • Turn left into Fishermans Bay Road

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Street parking is available at Fishermans Bay foreshore.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Tomaree National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

Spring

A fabulous time to experience Tomaree's wildflowers display.

Summer

Cool off with a dip in one the park's beaches or go snorkelling at Fishermans Bay.

Winter

Fishermans Bay and Boat Harbour are the best places to spot humpback whales as they migrate north between May and July or you can take a guided tour.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

17°C and 27°C

Highest recorded

41.5°C

Winter temperature

Average

8°C and 19°C

Lowest recorded

1.1°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

May and June

Driest month

October and November

Facilities

Toilet facilities are available across the road, about a 2-minute walk to the council reserve from the boat ramp.

Boat ramp

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Beach safety

Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

Boating safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Paddling safety

To make your paddling or kayaking adventure safer and more enjoyable, check out these paddling safety tips.

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

Permitted

Fishing

A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

Prohibited

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dogs and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Fishermans Bay foreshore is in Tomaree National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Aboriginal heritage

Big Rocky walk, Tomaree National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Tomaree National Park is the traditional land of Worimi People and provided a range of resources, including food, medicines and shelter. The ancient landscape of the park is part of the cultural knowledge and 'Dreaming' stories of the Worimi People and remains an important Aboriginal place today. A walk along the beaches of Tomaree National Park are a walk along ancient travel routes used by Worimi to travel north and south through their Country.

Birdlife and koala country

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), Tomaree National Park. Photo: John Turbil

The park's beaches and rocks support sooty oystercatchers and the swamps support active populations of wallum froglet populations of migratory shore birds including the eastern curlew and red-necked stint. See if you can spot the passing bar-tailed godwit - this long-beaked bird holds the record for the longest non-stop flight; 11,000km without a break. Visit in winter to see colourful lorikeets and honeyeaters feeding on wildflowers in the coastal heathland and in summer you'll see migratory tropical species including cuckoos and rainforest pigeons. Look close at the surrounding shoreline and you may find green turtles and dugongs. Tomaree National Park also offers the opportunity to see one of Australia's iconic animals up close. See koalas feasting on swamp mahogany in and around the park, or in the trees around One Mile Beach carpark.

  • Big Rocky to Samurai wetlands adventure walk Journey through changing landscapes on this 3hr walk with Tomaree Coastal Adventures near Port Stephens. Your guides will lead you through sand dunes, forest and shoreline in Tomaree National Park.
  • Tomaree 4WD tag-along and passenger tours Explore the fabulous sand dunes of Tomaree National Park safely with experienced guides from 4WD Tag-Along and Passenger Tours, near Nelson Bay and Port Stephens.
  • 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.

Ancient landscape

The northern section of Tomaree National Park has 4 peaks, the largest being Tomaree Head at 162m high. Overall, the landscape is the residual surface of a peneplain uplifted during the tertiary period (65 to 1.8 million years ago) and subsequently eroded, leaving the more resistant volcanic rocks as small hills. Port Stephens is a flooded river valley. The western sections of the park are sand deposits of fluvial and estuarine origin.

  • Big Rocky to Samurai wetlands adventure walk Journey through changing landscapes on this 3hr walk with Tomaree Coastal Adventures near Port Stephens. Your guides will lead you through sand dunes, forest and shoreline in Tomaree National Park.
  • Tomaree 4WD tag-along and passenger tours Explore the fabulous sand dunes of Tomaree National Park safely with experienced guides from 4WD Tag-Along and Passenger Tours, near Nelson Bay and Port Stephens.
  • Tomaree Head Summit walk 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.
  • Tomaree rock climbing courses Safely boost your skills on a climbing course near Port Stephens. With the ocean as your backdrop, learn to climb or make the leap from indoor to outdoor climbing with Escape Trekking Adventures.  
  • 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.

Military history

Tomaree Head gun enplacements, Tomaree National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Follow in the footsteps of Australian soldiers on the trail to Tomaree Head. The historic Fort Tomaree played an important role in the defence of Port Stephens during World War II, including Tomaree Head that was solidly armed with gun emplacements. You can take a guided Discovery tour of the gun emplacements to find out more about this historic site.

  • Fingal Island historical lighthouse tour Take a step back in time with this tour of Point Stephens Lighthouse and Fingal Island in Tomaree National Park. Hear fascinating stories of the island's history from a passionate local guide on this engaging outing with Moonshadow-TQC Cruises, near Nelson Bay.
  • 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.
  • Point Stephens Lighthouse and Fingal Island Take a boat or kayak to Fingal Island and explore Point Stephens Lighthouse and historic ruins.
  • 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.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Koala. Photo: Lucy Morrell

    Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)

    One of the most renowned Australian animals, the tree-dwelling marsupial koala can be found in gum tree forests and woodlands across eastern NSW, Victoria and Queensland, as well as in isolated regions in South Australia. With a vice-like grip, this perhaps most iconic but endangered Australian animal lives in tall eucalypts within a home range of several hectares.

  • White-bellied sea eagle. Photo: John Turbill

    White-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

    White-bellied sea eagles can be easily identified by their white tail and dark grey wings. These raptors are often spotted cruising the coastal breezes throughout Australia, and make for some scenic bird watching. Powerful Australian birds of prey, they are known to mate for life, and return each year to the same nest to breed.

Plants

  • Old man banksia, Moreton National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

    Old man banksia (Banksia serrata)

    Hardy Australian native plants, old man banksias can be found along the coast, and in the dry sclerophyll forests and sandstone mountain ranges of NSW. With roughened bark and gnarled limbs, they produce a distinctive cylindrical yellow-green banksia flower which blossoms from summer to early autumn.

  • Smooth-barked apple. Photo: Jaime Plaza

    Smooth-barked apple (Angophora costata)

    Smooth-barked apple gums, also known as Sydney red gum or rusty gum trees, are Australian native plants found along the NSW coast, and in the Sydney basin and parts of Queensland. Growing to heights of 15-30m, the russet-coloured angophoras shed their bark in spring to reveal spectacular new salmon-coloured bark.

  • Grass trees, Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

    Grass tree (Xanthorrea spp.)

    An iconic part of the Australian landscape, the grass tree is widespread across eastern NSW. These Australian native plants have a thick fire-blackened trunk and long spiked leaves. They are found in heath and open forests across eastern NSW. The grass tree grows 1-5m in height and produces striking white-flowered spikes which grow up to 1m long.

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