Tomaree Headland Summit Walk

Located in the gorgeous Port Stephens region, north of Newcastle, NSW, Tomaree Head Summit walk is a short steep climb to summit of Tomaree Headland. The views are well worth the steep hike.

Tomaree Headland Summit Walk at a glance

Distance: 2.2 kms return

Duration: 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours

Track: Well formed path, including numerous stairs

Australian walking track grade: 5

Start: Shoal Bay Road, Shoal Bay, NSW

Finish: Shoal Bay Road, Shoal Bay, NSW

Nearby trails: Tomaree Coastal Walk

Bookings/Permits: Not required

Other information: There is a small area for picnics at the summit, a great place to stop for morning or afternoon tea.

Information on how walking trails are graded can be found here.

The trail

The trail up to the summit of Tomaree Headland is a steep well formed trail with numerous steps and handrails to assist in the climb.

Early in the mornings, locals use the trail for trail running. While later in the day the track becomes busier with walkers ascending the summit.

From the summit of Tomaree Headland there are excellent views of Yaccaba Headland, Cabbage Tree Island, Zenith and Box beaches along with Fingal and Point Stephens Lighthouses.

Take some time to check out the WWII gun emplacements at the base of the summit. The gun emplacements can be accessed via Fort Tomaree Walk - an easy 2.5 km out and back track.

Aerial view, three beaches
Aerial view, Shoal Bay

Complete your walk with a visit to Zenith Beach or Shoal Bay. Stop for a picnic lunch by the bay or a coffee or some lunch from one of the cafes, coffee shops and eateries in the area.

Getting there

The walk can be busy during peak holiday times and weekends. There is limited parking at the trail head, so arrive early if you would like a park near by. 

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