Tipped to be one of the area’s most coveted natural attributes, the Tomaree National Park is not merely a tourist hotspot frequented by those based in holiday accommodation in Port Stephens whether it’s the Oaks Pacific Blue Resort or any other hospitality hub in the area. Revered as a hiking enthusiast’s dream destination, Tomaree National Park is under the management of the Hunter Water Corporation and is among Port Stephens’ best weekend excursion hubs to date.
Enjoying pleasant weather conditions for most of the year, hikers and trekkers heading to Port Stephens should not forget to explore the Tomaree Head Summit trail at Tomaree National Park. Offering climbers breathtaking views across Port Stephens, this natural observation point also provides stunning vistas of the nature sanctuaries on the Boondelbah islands and as far as Cabbage Tree Island and Broughton Island. Another popular trail is the Wreck Beach walk which takes visitors across the enchanting terrains of an angophora jungle before arriving at a fantastic location for whale watching activities. Renowned as one of the best whale watching hotspots in Port Stephens, marine life enthusiasts should not miss the opportunity to witness the mammoth mammals from this vantage point. The Morna Point trail is one of the longer hikes at the parkland where walkers can not only expect to see wildflowers but other natural wonders as well.
Ideal for family picnics and spending time with loved ones, the national park also provides barbeque facilities near Fishermans Bay and Anna Bay. Visitors can also take a dip in the ocean or enjoy a spot of surfing on the One Mile Beach while snorkelers are also welcome to take a peek beneath the surface to discover underwater gardens full of coral. History buffs touring the area, on the other hand, will enjoy a trip to the iconic Fort Tomaree and its emplacements which held guns back in its heydey. Constructed as far back as 1941, the fort served as a crucial part of the country’s east shore defence plan.
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