Tomaree Head Summit walk
Tomaree National Park
Upgrades in Tomaree National Park
Construction of Tomaree Costal Walk is underway and will be completed in June 2023. Works will be focused at Tomaree Summit walking track and Birubi Point between March and May. Find out more about the investment being made to upgrade infrastructure in Tomaree National Park.
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.
- Tomaree National Park in North Coast
- 2.2km return
- Time suggested
- 1hr 30min - 2hrs
- Grade 5
- What to
- Hat, sunscreen, drinking water, sturdy shoes
- Please note
- 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.
- Zenith Beach is a sanctuary zone, meaning no collecting or fishing is permitted.
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.
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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.
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.
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- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- Nelson Bay office
- Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.
- 02 4984 8200
- Level 1, 12B Teramby Road, Nelson Bay NSW 2315
- 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.
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