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Port Stephens Walking Group

Welcome to the Port Stephens Walking Group

Our walks explore our wonderful surroundings in Port Stephens, especially Tomaree National Park, and neighbouring areas, sometimes to the Central Coast especially during wildflower time, to the Myall Lakes area and northward to the Barrington Tops in summer where we love to take a dip in the pools as part of our walk. We sometimes have campouts and a walking week away.

We are a group of the National Parks Association (Hunter Branch), a community group advocating in support of national parks, for improved management and for appropriate protected areas, and for opportunities for safe walking. National parks are managed by the State Government’s National Parks and Wildlife Service.

When we walk: 

Our regular walks are all day Wednesdays, generally fortnightly, but in the cooler months when walking is ideal and flowers abound, we often walk weekly. Walks may vary between 10-16kms.  Our monthly Sunday walks are usually around half day, and the occasional summer Twilight walks are often shorter.

Moderate fitness is required. All our walks are graded to help you know the walks that suit you.

Our walk program

You can download the walk program here, or email portstephens@npansw.org.au for a copy. We manage our walk program over a 6 month period. Due to unforeseen circumstances walks may occasionally change. If you like the program and think you will try some walks, then please request via email portstephens@npansw.org.au to be included on our email circulation for each forthcoming walk.

New walkers are very welcome:  

  • We encourage new walkers to try a couple of walks before joining the NPA. Before your first walk, you will need to include your name, phone, and the name and phone (preferably mobile) for an emergency contact who is not likely to walk with you, and email to portstephens@npansw.org.au.
  • A maximum of three walks over two years helps you to assess suitability of our walks and group for you, after then, as we are members of the National Parks Association, we ask you to join the NPA. NPA membership provides insurance should there be an accident, and contributes to NPA’s advocacy for national parks. NPA membership also gives you access to the state-wide bushwalking program.

Resources

NPA Hunter Nature News (about 4/year) and includes the extended walks program for the Hunter area. Email hunter@npansw.org.au to be included on the NPA Hunter Nature News.

NPA also has some great bush walking tips in their information for bushwalkers.

Bushwalks around Port Stephens is a booklet pdf and a wonderful local resource. At the time of writing,
colour prints are available for $5 at Port Stephens Visitor Information Centre, 60 Victoria Parade, Nelson Bay.

More bushwalking tips available with Lots a Fresh Air  as well as a free newsletter.