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Head on up to the top of Tomaree Head, where your exertions will be rewarded with spectacular 360 views. The entrance to the 2.2km return walk is at the far end of Shoal Bay, where there are a couple of parking areas and toilet facilities nearby. The nearest shops for food and drink are at Shoal Bay and make sure you bring water.
The summit is 161 metres above sea level and is reached by a steep 1km trek upwards on paved pathways and metal walkways with many stairs. It is graded 5 for difficulty but can be accomplished within 90 minutes as long as you take care, especially as the path can be slippery when wet. The walking track is well signposted and maintained by NPWS as it is part of Tomaree National Park.
Along the way, you get great views of Zenith Beach, which is part of Port Stephens Marine Park and a sanctuary zone where no fishing or collecting is permitted. From the north viewing platform on the summit, you look towards Hawks Nest, Myall Lakes, Yacaaba Head and Broughton Island.
You will certainly hear and may see a few different species of birds as well as reptiles like blue tongue lizards and snakes. In spring, colourful wildflowers are in bloom and from May to October, you can see the annual migration of whales go by.