Tomaree Coastal Walk

A spectacular 20 kilometre coastal walk in Tomaree National Park, Port Stephens.

Boardwalk to Tomaree Head Lookout, Tomaree National ParkThe Tomaree Coastal Walk project will see the creation of a 20 kilometre coastal walk from Tomaree Head to Birubi Point in Tomaree National Park. The project will cater for a range of visitor experiences from short walks to half or multi-day options, provide opportunities for commercial tourism and build a valued legacy for future generations.

Part of the Worimi Aboriginal cultural landscape, the area is steeped in history with ancient volcanic peaks delivering world-class views and the rich WWII heritage of Tomaree Head, secluded beaches and bays, whales, wildflowers and abundant wildlife, waiting to be discovered.

What the project involves

The Tomaree Coastal Walk will be developed over four years and will deliver a key piece of tourism infrastructure in the Port Stephens region of New South Wales.

The project aims to significantly upgrade and provide new links to the existing Walk, including a significant upgrade to the Tomaree Summit and WWII gun emplacement walks, new and upgraded walking tracks, lookouts, interpretation and other visitor facilities.

The Tomaree Coastal Walk will promote the important environmental, cultural and heritage aspects of the park and region, encourage sustainable development and provide physical and mental health benefits through increased access to the natural environment.

The project received $6.7million funding over four years from the NSW Government.

Planning for the Tomaree Coastal Walk has commenced. We are currently undertaking the Tomaree National Park Plan of Management Draft Amendment consultation. The proposed amendment includes the Draft Tomaree Coastal Walk Strategy which provides more detail about the proposed improvements. Comments are also invited on the Draft Tomaree Coastal Walk Strategy. Feedback received will be considered carefully in finalising the plans and further public engagement will occur.

Construction on the project will commence in the coming year. It is anticipated that the project will be completed by 2022.

The Tomaree Coastal Walk project will provide a first-class nature-based tourism attraction for Port Stephens, promote the spectacular natural and cultural heritage of Tomaree National Park and build a valued legacy for future generations.

The walk will promote the rich culture and heritage of the area, encourage sustainable development and provide broad physical and mental health benefits through access to recreation facilities and the natural environment.

Once completed the Tomaree Coastal Walk is expected to significantly contribute to the local and regional economy, creating jobs in tourism and hospitality sectors through increased visitation that will in turn generate expenditure from intrastate, interstate and overseas visitors.

Our national parks are managed to protect their unique values and provide for sustainable visitor use and enjoyment. This includes providing visitor experiences and, where appropriate, new visitor facilities including tracks and trails.

Independent environmental assessments will be conducted for the project to assess potential environmental impacts and determine measures to address these so the national park's conservation values are protected.

The proposed project will undergo further detailed design and assessment to ensure compliance with the park's plan of management and conservation management plans. Further stringent environmental, cultural heritage and built heritage assessments, and involving our staff, key stakeholders and other experts, will ensure the project meets environmental, cultural and economic aspirations.

Offering a series of short, half or multi-day walk options, the Tomaree Coastal Walk will inspire visitors to explore the outstanding natural and cultural heritage of Tomaree National Park, and the many coastal villages and bays of Port Stephens.

Interpretation through innovative storytelling is one of the most effective ways to enhance the visitor experience. Developing rich and engaging interpretation will be a key focus of the project, immersing walkers in the landscape to create a strong connection and sense of place.

Effective community and stakeholder engagement is critical to the success of this project. NPWS will engage with stakeholders and interested community members in a meaningful and timely way.

The online register of interest form is temporarily unavailable. Please email NPWS Hunter Coast Area at Nelson Bay if you require further details about the project at npws.huntercoast@environment.nsw.gov.au