Helicopter lifts over Tomaree Coastal Walk

The Port Stephens community may see a helicopter ferrying track materials into Tomaree National Park in the next few days, weather permitting.

View of coastline, Tomaree National Park

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Director Hunter Central Coast Kylie Yeend said it was an exciting milestone for the $6.7 million Tomaree Coastal Walk upgrade.

“We’ll be heli-lifting materials into the park to upgrade and build new track sections between Fingal Ridge and Boat Harbour, weather permitting,” Ms Yeend said.

“When complete, the 20km Tomaree Coastal Walk will link Tomaree Head with Birubi Point, with a range of short walks, half-day or overnight options available.

“We’re making the wild beauties of nature a bit more accessible for our visitors.

“This land is steeped in Worimi culture, historic heritage and natural wonders – walking in this area is a wonderful experience.”

Some existing tracks and areas will be closed temporarily, including the Zenith Beach car park which will be shut from around mid-May until late August to undergo resealing.

The heli-lift sling operation will transport hardwood timbers, sandstone blocks, boulders and landscape rocks, gravel and native mulch.

Conducted by highly skilled and trained local NPWS staff and contractors, most of the flights will be off the coast of Samurai Beach and One Mile Beach.

The Tomaree Coastal Walk project will be one of nine Visitor Infrastructure Projects delivered by the NPWS to support nature-based tourism and boost regional visitor economies.

Before visiting a national park, check ‘Alerts’ on the NPWS website for the latest information.