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Activities Celebrating 40 years of Tomaree National Park | 2024

National Parks Association – Port Stephens Group

We have a host of activities Celebrating 40 years of Tomaree National Park

Throughout 2024 the National Parks Association (NPA), through its two local groups, the Friends of Tomaree National Park and the Port Stephens Walking group, is Celebrating 40 years of Tomaree National Park | 2024 with a range of activities.

Long and short walks, wildflower walks, night walks, and a celebratory picnic for nature with various activities. An online display and feed of what community loves about Tomaree National Park. And there’s some special activities for the Friends of Tomaree National Park who volunteer to help improve the integrity of the park. 

We hope to see you there!

Join us in building a treasure trove of Tomaree National Park’s cherished features!

We’re asking our community to share a photo or two of their most treasured aspects of Tomaree National Park

Views, trees, flowers, wildlife, rocky structures, favourite walks, heritage places, wonderful textures, places of inspiration — anything you cherish about Tomaree National Park!

Please add a line or two about your photo/s, its location (or is it a secret?), maybe its name (if it has one or you know it), or just what or why you like it so much. Be sure to let us know if you’d like your name included too. Help us build a treasure trove about Tomaree National Park for its 40th birthday celebration.

There’s a couple of ways to share, and you’re welcome to do both

  • via Facebook, on your account post your feature and tag @npansw.tomaree.friend (though you will need to have either liked or be following the page)
  • via our website page, email Sue at tomaree-np-friends@npansw.org.au and we’ll link them to our Celebrate Tomaree web page (to be linked here, so get in early!)

March 2024 Clean Up Australia Day at Tomaree National Park – a massive community effort, we hauled truckloads, thank you everyone

Wow, a massive effort where we hauled truck load with massive community support . Read more about what we achieved together.

Provided by the NPA through the Friends of Tomaree National Park.

Sunday 17 March 2024,  Tomaree forest trails – inland Fingal-Shoal Bay

A half day exploring lesser walked trails, easy, partly shaded forest trails, in the heart of the northern end of Tomaree NP. ~8km Unfortunately this walk was cancelled due to rain.

Wednesday 20 March 2024,  Tomaree Coastal Walk – Big Rocky in circuits

A full day along the Tomaree Coastal Walk with a twist. Starting from the Big Rocky carpark, we enjoyed walking eastward along the trails scenic new section then to the boulder beaches that typify this part of the coast to the Snapper Rocks headland, with morning tea in the vicinity. While we returned the same trail to Big Rocky, we were delighted that walking the opposite direction is a new experience. From Big Rocky we followed the TCW on to Samurai Beach, over the Samurai dunes back to little known trails, making a circuit in part through ephemeral swampy land, fortunately dry at the time (we had pre-confirmed), though have been underwater for our wet couple of years. A fantastic varied day along the 12 km walk. Thanks Brian.Provided by the NPA through the Port Stephens Walking group

Sunday 14 April 2024, Tomaree Coastal Walk – Box & Fingal beaches and forest trails

A delightful shady walk, approx. 8km, from the Box Beach carpark along the Tomaree Coastal Walk between Box and Fingal beaches, including the delightful new section onto Fingal Beach. We crossed into the national park via fire trails and looped back to Box Beach. Some of the group visited the inspiring Shoebox Art Gallery, open weekends at 10 Garden Place Shoal Bay. For Tomaree lovers, a fantastic collection of artwork featuring Tomaree’s orchid. Provided by the NPA through the Port Stephens Walking group

Sunday 28 April 2024,  Fishermans Bay Autumn Plantings

The Fishermans Bay community planting was a great success –  we planted more than 550+ seedlings at the top of the degraded gully.  We really appreciated all those from the community who came along to help the Friends of Tomaree National Park. The morning had a great vibe –read more and see the wonderful photos here

Sunday 12 May 2024, Tomaree forest trails – inland Fingal area with surprising views

A half day inland circuit, about 8kms on some of the national park’s elevated trails. Glimpses to Fingal Bay, views into the heart of Tomaree and a spectacular lookout over bush and ocean, maybe even spot a distant whale. Provided by the NPA through the Port Stephens Walking group. Enquiries portstephens@napnsw.org.au

Sunday 19 May 2024, Tomaree Coastal Walk – Morna Point and Boat Harbour headlands 

Half day return walk from One Mile Beach via Morna Point area to Boat Harbour, following new Tomaree Coastal Walk, split canyon lookout and through Boat Harbour to the whale watching lookout. About 8km, Provided by the NPA through the Port Stephens Walking group. Enquiries portstephens@napnsw.org.au

Sunday 16 June 2024,  Tomaree Coastal Walk – Two peaks and inland wetlands 

Half or full day options: Our morning walk circuits from Zenith Beach picnic area around Tomaree headland’s scenic coast, taking in the World War II features, up to the summit with it spectacular views. Our afternoon circuit takes in Stephens Peak and trails through to Shoal Bay wetlands. Approximately 14km full day. Provided by the NPA through the Port Stephens Walking group Enquiries portstephens@napnsw.org.au

We at the NPA are planning more Tomaree walks and activities from July to December 2024.  Watch this space and EcoNetwork’s Community Calendar

August – Experience the bush by night  

Walks in Anna Bay and Shoal Bay – take in the sounds, smells and sights of the bush by night, and we may see one or two of night bush critters too. Bookings open in July. Provided by the NPA through the Friends of Tomaree National Park.  Enquiries portstephens@napnsw.org.au

Winter – early September — Spring Wildflower Walks

Tomaree is a wonderland of colourful wildflowers, especially in its heathy woodlands. We’ll have a variety of walks, 2 hr, half day, and full day taking in this glorious feature of Tomaree. Provided by the NPA through the Port Stephens Walking group.  Enquiries portstephens@napnsw.org.au

Sunday 20 October Picnic for Nature

Let’s come together to celebrate all that is wonderful about nature in Tomaree National Park. Provided by the NPA Port Stephens Group. More information to come.