Tomaree National Park
Tomaree National Park conserves coastal bushland, sand dunes, heathland, forest areas and over 20 kilometres of rocky coastline and beaches. It is 50 kilometres north of Newcastle, fringing the towns and villages of Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay, Boat Harbour and Anna Bay. There are excellent opportunities for bushwalking, swimming, snorkelling, surfing, fishing and picnicking.
This park is near...
Newcastle (50 km)
Best access routes
This park is 50 km north of Newcastle or 3 km north-east of Nelson Bay. Access is via Shoal Bay or Gan Gan Road.
Road quality: paved
Facilities & things to do
Take extreme care if you're swimming or rock fishing as strong rips and undercurrents, as well as dangerous surf conditions, can occur along this part of the coast. The beaches are not patrolled, however there is a patrolled swimming area at Fingal Bay in front of the Surf Life Saving Club. Detailed information about water quality at beaches in and around this park is available in the Port Stephens Council section of the 2003-4 State of the Beaches report.
Make sure you stay safe at the beach.
Wreck Beach is a pleasant 1 km walk along trails from Lionel Avenue or Verona Road. Kingsley Beach can be accessed from a car park off Kingsley Drive.
>>Driving in the park
Both Zenith and Box beaches can be accessed by car and the car parks are only a short walk from the beach.
>>Picnics and barbecues
There are picnic facilities at Anna Bay and at the rear of Zenith Beach and public toilets near the boat ramp at the eastern end of Shoal Bay Beach.
The walk to the top of Tomaree Head and around historic World War II gun emplacements provides panoramic views over Port Stephens, up and down the coast, and out to Boondalbah, Cabbage Tree and Broughton islands, all of which are nature reserves.
The sand spit or 'tombolo' out to Point Stephens is a spectacular feature of the park. The spit is sometimes exposed during low tides, making it possible to walk out to Point Stephens and inspect the lighthouse and ruins of the lighthouse keeper's cottage complex, built in 1862.
This park contains rocky healdlands and several white sandy beaches backed by anpophora and melaleuca forest and heath with lots of wildflowers in spring.
The park landscape: geology and landforms
The geology of the area, with its many dolerite dykes running through the harder surrounding rhyolite rock has been weathered into a series of chasms making an interesting rocky coastline.
Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of The New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service