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Tomaree Lookout

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by Philip Duncan (subscribe)
I am a freelance photographer and writer from Port Stephens NSW Australia. Visit my web site at
Published May 4th 2014
It's a long way to the top Tomaree look out
Tomaree Headland
It's a long way to the top.

Now the weather has cooled down and sun setting earlier another trip to the top of Mt Tomaree was in order to try for some good sunset photos. It seams that I was not the only one after them.

You start your adventure at the car park near Tomaree Lodge at the end of Shoal Bay road. There is a well marked track that takes you to Tomaree head land. Start by following the red brick road through the bush and this will take you to the ocean rocks track, a popular fishing spot, the start of the summit track and the old gun emplacement from WW2 when Tomaree Lodge was a Navy Base.

Stairs at the start of the summit climb

This time we are going to the top but I will take you on the other trails soon. Like most things in life getting to the top is not easy but well worth the effort when you get there. After following the brick road up the first part of the hill and take advantage of the seats on the way if you feel you need a rest. You will come to a stair case that has a sign to the summit. Give yourself a pat on the back as you have made it past the hardest part. From here on there is a lot of stairs and some easy track with great views so take your time and enjoy.

Outer Light house Port Stephens
The Outer Light House at Port Stephens

There is a viewing area on one of the steel walkways that has some great views over the ocean beaches and out to the island off Fingal spit and the Outer Light house. From here it is a short climb to the summit.

Love locks
Love Locks

Once you have reached the top there is viewing opportunitys all around the summit with steel viewing platforms to make it easy to get around. As I walked down to the platform overlooking the ocean I spotted the "Love locks" attached to the railings. I did hear that they were to be removed by the National Parks officers some time ago so I am not sure if they are a new bunch or they changed there mind about removing them.

Sunset over Port Stephens
The sun Setting over Port Stephens

From the top you can see from Shoal Bay and Hawks Nest all the way down the port to Tillagery. As well as up and down the coast and the Islands just off Port Stephens. Although you can enjoy this all day long and you will almost always run into someone here. This is a amazing place to watch a sunrise or sunset and to see the Nelson bay at night from. But for this you need to be prepared to walk one way in the dark so a good torch is needed. Apart from the great views from the top there is the remains of a radar from WW2.

Shoal Bay at night
The lights of Shoal Bay

After you take in the beautiful views from the top and some of the history the walk back is all down hill so it is much more enjoyable than the climb up.

Painting with light bush rocks
Painting with Light. I could not resist giving this a try on the way back

You would want to allow at least an hour for this trip although you could do it quicker there is so much to see take your time and enjoy it.
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Why? Look out over Port Stephens
When: All year round
Where: Shoal Bay Rd Shoal Bay
Cost: Free
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