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 in stages over four years and will deliver a key piece of tourism infrastructure for Port Stephens.

The project is currently in the planning stage including developing the concept designs, geo-technical and engineering investigations, environmental and heritage assessments and initial stakeholder engagement.

Construction is expected to commence in 2019 and the project will include a significant upgrade to the Tomaree Head precinct, new and upgraded walking tracks, lookouts, viewing platforms and other facilities.

The walk will meander through coastal villages from Tomaree Head to Birubi Point, providing a series of short, half or multi-day walk options.

The project received $6.74 million in funding over four years from the NSW Government.

The Tomaree Coastal Walk project is being delivered in stages over 4 years by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Hunter Central Coast Branch. The project is expected to be complete in 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.

With close proximity to Sydney and increasing international visitation, the project will boost the regional visitor economy and provide economic benefits to the local community. It will promote the development of strong partnerships with community, industry and government stakeholders including Aboriginal communities.

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.

As part of the project, Tomaree National Park Plan of Management will be reviewed and include significant stakeholder engagement to 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. Those interested in the project are invited to register their interest and receive regular updates about the project

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