Tomaree National Park

Zenith, Wreck, Box beaches and Fingal Island, Tomaree National Park (Image: S Milgate/DECCW)

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No visitor centresNo public transportNo wheelchair facilitiesNo campingNo caravan sitesNo accommodationLookoutsPicnics and BBQsNo kiosks/cafesWalkingDogs and other domestic animals not permittedNo horse riding trailsCycling trailsCar touringNo 4WD touring routesCanoeingSailing and boatingFishingSwimmingSnorkelling/divingNo adventure recreation opportunities

Tomaree National Park provides a magnificent backdrop to the coastal towns and villages of Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay, Boat Harbour and Anna Bay. It’s the only place in NSW where you can see outcrops of the acid volcanic rock rhyodacite.

It’s an excellent spot for whale watching and offers a range of scenic walks, including the short Wreck Beach walk through coastal angophora forest and the longer Morna Point walk that comes alive with spring wildflowers. Keep your eyes out for koalas dozing high in the trees.

The park’s beaches are pretty places for a family barbecue and there are picnic facilities around Anna Bay and Fishermans Bay - enjoy a swim or snorkel or head to One Mile Beach for some surfing. There are some good places for fishing, though you’ll need to check the marine park zoning before setting out.

However you choose to spend your time in Tomaree National Park, make sure you hike the Tomaree Head Summit walk. It’s not difficult and you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views over Port Stephens, the coast and Broughton, Cabbage Tree and Boondelbah islands nature reserves. While you’re there, check out the historic gun emplacements, part of Fort Tomaree and built in 1941 as part of Australia’s World War II east coast defence system.

Find out more about the Port Stephens bottlenose dolphins.

Visit the NSW National Parks visitor website for more inspiration and information on Tomaree National Park.

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