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Published November 11th 2012
Tomaree and Yaccaba are the two large headlands that form the entrance to Nelson Bay.
There is a large amount of Aboriginal history attached to the two headlands. This is emphasised in the headlands being represented as Aboriginal figures in the logo of the Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council. The Worimi are the traditional owners of the area.
There is also a significant history of the area used by the Australian Army during the Second World War. This is obvious when you take a walk to the top of Tomaree Headland and see the concrete bunkers used as a lookout for invading forces.
At the base of the headland is the property formerly owned by NSW Health as a hospital for intellectually disabled adults. So you will need to park in the car park outside the property.
The walk itself takes about half an hour at an average pace. But leave longer if you want to make several stops to look at the magnificent vistas.
The view from the top is absolutely stunning. Make sure there is heaps of space on your camera.
There are absolutely no facilities up there, so take plenty of water and snacks. You can take chairs if you want to be comfortable however the natural rock ledges offer a fantastic view.
The only warning is for younger kids. As the headland is quite high and the cliff edges can get hidden behind the bushes, it can get very dangerous just to plough through the bushes without care.