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This easy walk on a paved track around the lower slopes of Tomaree Head brings you face-to-face with local military heritage - World War II gun emplacements, built in 1941 to defend the east coast of Australia. Learn about Fort Tomaree from interpretive signs, or take a guided discovery tour for even more detail.
A further track takes you up elevated walkways on Tomaree Head Summit walk, which offers breathtaking lookout views over Port Stephens and nature reserves like Cabbage Tree Island. Humpbacks migrate past here in winter and spring, so you'll want to bring your camera for whale watching.
Finish your visit by relaxing on the lovely sands of beautiful Zenith Beach, near where the walk begins. Or make your way to the nearby picnic area; an idyllic spot to unwind underneath the shade of angophora trees.
Take a virtual tour of Fort Tomaree walk captured with Google Street View Trekker.
About the region
Tomaree National Park, jointly managed with Hunter Water Corporation, 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.
To Tomaree Head carpark. Fort Tomaree walk is at Tomaree Head within Tomaree National Park. To get there:From Nelson Bay:Follow Shoal Bay Road to the lower Zenith Beach carpark Park entry points Tomaree Head carpark See on map Parking Parking is available at lower Zenith Beach carpark or upper Zenith beach carpark. On busy days you may need to find a parking spot on Shoal Bay Road.
There are some steep sections and the pavement can become slippery when wet, so use caution when walking.
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch or whalewatch
Zenith Beach is a sanctuary zone, meaning no collecting or fishing is permitted.
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.