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Wreck Beach walk

Tomaree National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Wreck Beach walk.

Track grading

Grade 4

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    30min - 1hr

  • Quality of markings

    Limited signage

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    2km return

  • Steps

    Many steps

  • Quality of path

    Rough track, many obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

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Get directions

    Wreck Beach is near Shoal Bay in Tomaree National Park. To get there:

    • Follow Shoal Bay Road around from Nelson Bay
    • Turn right onto Tomaree Road
    • Turn left onto Verona Road and follow it to the end, where the walk begins.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Limited on-street parking is available on Verona Road, Shoal Bay. 

    Please avoid parking in front of the access gate on Verona Road because NSW National Park staff and emergency services teams use this access gate in the case of emergencies.

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


    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

    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.

    Strong rips and currents may be present at Wreck Beach, which is not patrolled – take care in the water and please supervise children at all times.

    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 + 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).

    Prohibited

    Bikes are not permitted on the Wreck Beach walking trail. 

    Fishing

    Wreck Beach is a sanctuary zone, fishing is not permitted.

    Pets

    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.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Wreck Beach walk

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    Park info

    Fort Tomaree, Tomaree National Park. Photo: John Spencer