Tomaree is a magic little spot, just a couple hundred kilometres north of Sydney via the Pacific Highway; it’s where the NSW mid-north coast really begins.
The jutting Tomaree Headland marks the southern shoreline of Port Stephens and is located just to the northeast of Anna Bay, past Stockton Beach’s northern boundary.
The national park preserves the rugged beauty of the headland and surrounding coastal landscape. There are a couple of scenic walks that can be undertaken, including a hike to the top of Tomaree Mountain.
If you’re hankering to head offroad, a stay at Tomaree has you perfectly positioned to take advantage of all 32km of Stockton’s glorious beach run, plus there are plenty of awesome fishing options along the beach, breakwalls and from the headland itself.
STUFF TO DO
4WDING: Access to the northern end of Stockton Beach’s epic 32km sand run is via Anna Bay, just a couple of kilometres drive out of Tomaree National Park.
FISHING: The headland itself is renowned as a brilliant spot to tangle with oversized pelagic fish. Mackerel and northern bluefin tuna are hooked from the rocks here during summer and autumn, plus the endless shallow gutters of Stockton Beach are home to plenty of whiting, bream and dusky flathead.
BUSHWALKS: The Tomaree Headland Summit Walk is a 2.2km mission that can be completed in around an hour and a half. The views from the top are sublime and a just reward for those willing to stretch the legs!
LOCATION: The national park is located 213km north of Sydney’s CBD and just 60km north of Newcastle.
CAMPING: Campsites are available just to the north of Tomaree within the Myall Lakes National Park and at the Mungo Brush campground.
FUEL is available at Anna Bay, Port Stephens and Newcastle.
MORE INFO is available at www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au