Port Stephens is a paradise for all bushwalkers, serious hikers through to people that enjoy a morning or afternoon scenic stroll. The Tomaree National Park stretches from Shoal Bay to Anna Bay and inland to Nelson Bay and towards Salamander Bay, and offers a myriad of bushwalks of varying difficulty.
The best walk right now is at Fingal Bay beginning at Barry Park and following the coastline around you will see a blanket of Flannel flowers and other wildflowers currently in bloom, and also cast your eyes towards the ocean an you may see some humpback whales migrating right by.
The most popular walk in the National Park is the Tomaree Headland Summit walk. This is well defined and signposted, starting at the carpark at the end of Shoal Bay Road. The views from the top are amazing, up and down the coast and right across the Harbour, well worth the walk up! You can also detour of the way up or back down to check out the relics of the World War II gun emplacements.
At Anna Bay and Boat Harbour there are walks around the coastline and through native bush, right through to Fingal Bay. It is not uncommon to spot kangaroos, kookaburras, cockatoos, goannas, echnidas and even koalas.
Always walk to your ability and fitness level, take along plenty of water, remember sun protection and take a map or gps. It is well worth venturing into the Tomaree National Park.
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