In April last year we headed 50 km north-east of Newcastle and discovered Shoal Bay and Tomaree National Park. You can not camp in Tomaree National Park but there are several caravan parks and rental accommodation available in the area. We had a leisurely stroll along the foreshore at Shoal Bay and stopped for lunch before walking to the summit of Mount Tomaree.
|Shoal Bay with Mount Tomaree, right.|
|Lace Monitor beside the path.|
Tomaree Head Summit Walk
This walk involves climbing up several levels of metal steps so it requires some fitness. There seems to be a tradition of placing "love" padlocks on the walkways.
|Straight up to the summit of Mount Tomaree|
The views at the top are simply stunning. The weather was perfect and the sky was so blue, the ocean so clear and the small volcanic mountains so green that we were thoroughly blown away by the beauty of Tomaree National Park and the whole surrounding area.
|Looking back at Shoal Bay|
|Looking down at Zenith Beach and Stephens Peak|
|The view of Point Stephens Light House on Fingal Island|
On the way down we took an easy paved path to the World War II gun emplacements. The gun emplacements were part of Fort Tomaree and were built in 1941 to defend the east coast of Australia. There are fantastic views of Yacaaba Headland from here.
|Fort Tomaree Gun Emplacement|
We were so inspired by the views from the summit and the gun emplacements that we promised ourselves that we would return and walk in all the beautiful areas that were laid out below Tomaree Head.