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Published February 7th 2021
Discover spectacular views on these bushwalks
This walk was medium to difficult. Steep in parts.
Tomaree Coastal Walks in Port Stephens are a great way to see this beautiful part of the New South Wales coastline. On a recent visit, we decided to do the walk to Zenith Beach, which is marked as a medium, although we both agreed it was medium to difficult. There are steep areas along the way.
Before going on any bush walk, make sure your fitness level suits the walk. A couple we encountered on the way back from Zenith Beach agreed with us that this walk is more difficult than stated. It was cloudy the day we went, which was fine because it was cooler than the previous day. You still work up a good sweat even when it's cloudy.
Take plenty of water, wear a hat, comfortable walking shoes and sunscreen, and pace yourself. I wore sports tights on this walk but light pants would have been better. The tights were too hot. I jumped into the surf when we arrived down there and this helped to keep my legs cool on the walk back to our car.
There are glimpses of water on the way to Zenith Beach.
The shoes I wore were adequate, although I wish I had brought my hiking boots, the terrain was rough in places. We both wore runners so made sure we stepped on secure ground.
While researching which walk to go on, the website mentioned we would encounter wildlife. There were plenty of birds, mainly lorikeets, but other than bull ants, we didn't see any animals. Apparently, koalas are abundant in this area. Maybe we went at the wrong time, it was 11 in the morning.
More beach views. From here you start hearing the waves.
Port Stephens is a beautiful part of the NSW coastline. With many outdoor sports on offer like boating, fishing and jet skiing, there are also many walks and hikes. Stockton Beach is a popular area for quad biking and from the marina at Nelson Bay, you have a great choice of dolphin and whale watching adventures. It is best to book ahead if you want to go on these boats, they are popular.
Another thing to do is bike riding. Some areas have bike rentals available and at the marina in Nelson Bay, you can hire bikes from a machine. Follow the prompts to unlock a bike and riding around the marina is easy, the area is quite flat.
The view from the viewing platform. This is also a rest stop.
The weather is pleasant all year round. We had three days of sunshine with an afternoon storm on one day. Daytime temperatures are around 29 degrees in summer and 19 degrees in winter.
For bush walk enthusiasts like us, we visit this area often and always find a walk we haven't done yet. If you are inexperienced, check the website for beginners trails, or maybe start by doing beach walks first. You'll find once you start and your fitness level improves, you will want to find walks that challenge you.
The weather was grey but warm. Great for bushwalking.
Port Stephens is a popular holiday spot, and especially now with overseas travel not permitted, you should consider booking early. There is a lot of budget accommodation available, farm stays and 5-star luxury if your budget allows. Think about visiting Port Stephens for your next holiday or short break. It is also very family-friendly with good shopping centres and lots of playgrounds.
There are patrolled beaches and it's wise to stick to these for swimming. Some of the bushwalks end at beaches that are not patrolled. Be careful swimming at these beaches, it is not recommended.
Think about visiting Port Stephens, Nelson Bay and the surrounding areas for your next holiday. This is a great area for short breaks from Sydney, Newcastle or the Gold Coast.
Note: This walk is 3.2km and took us 90 minutes there and back. We took it easy and stopped to admire views along the way.