Tomaree National Park contains a range of landforms from coastal headlands to volcanic peaks to sub-coastal swamps. The park provides essential wintering habitat for a variety of birds and supports several plants and animals which are threatened and/or of limited distribution. It is an important part of the broader nature conservation system of the Port Stephens area. The Nelson Bay Special Area is within the park and protects a high quality water aquifer important for water extraction.
Tomaree National Park also contains a range of cultural heritage, including Aboriginal sites and landscapes of Aboriginal importance, the Point Stephens lighthouse and associated structures, and the World War II fortifications on Tomaree Head.
Use of the park includes day walks, nature study, viewing of historic structures and coastal-oriented recreation activities. The park provides natural, low key recreational settings as an alternative to the highly developed recreation infrastructure on the Tomaree peninsula.
This plan of management was adopted by the Minister for the Environment 24 July 2006.Amendments in relation to Tomaree Coastal Walk, Birubi Point Aboriginal Place, Worimi Conservation Lands and other minor updates were made to Sections 1, 3.1, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.4, 5.6, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 9, 10, 11 and 12 in September 2020. We have also updated the format of the plan of management to be consistent with contemporary Department of Planning, Industry and Environment publication standards, including ensuring accessibility for vision impaired readers.
Photo: Tomaree National Park / John Spencer/OEH