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Tomaree Head Summit walk

Tomaree National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Tomaree Head Summit walk.

Track grading

Features of this track


2.2km return


1hr 30min - 2hrs

Quality of markings

Clearly sign posted

Experience required

No experience required


Very steep and difficult


Many steps

Quality of path

Formed track

Getting there and parking

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    Tomaree Head Summit walk is at Tomaree Head.

    From Nelson Bay:

    • Follow Shoal Bay Road to the lower Zenith Beach carpark


    Parking is available at the lower Zenith Beach carpark or upper Zenith beach carpark.

    On busy days you may need to find a parking spot on Shoal Bay Road.

    Best times to visit

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


    A fabulous time to experience Tomaree's wildflowers display.


    Cool off with a dip at Shoal Bay or Box beach, or try snorkelling at Zenith beach; a gorgeous and protected marine sanctuary.


    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


    17°C and 27°C

    Highest recorded


    Winter temperature


    8°C and 19°C

    Lowest recorded



    Wettest month

    May and June

    Driest month

    October and November



    A toilet is available at the boat ramp, a 4 minute walk from the track entry back towards Shoal Bay.

    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.

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    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).



    Zenith Beach south is a marine sanctuary zone within the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park. Collecting or fishing is not permitted within this zone.


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


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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