Tomaree Head
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  • Eyekaytoo
    Leverkusen, Germany2,996 contributions
    Fantastic climb to enjoy some wonderful views.
    If you get to Shoal Bay then, quite frankly, you really must head up to Tomaree Head if you feel confident in a long, sometimes steep walk to the summit. I did this on a warm, sunny but quite windy day in November recently. The views as I slowly climbed were outstanding. And at the summit you will find a number of lookouts giving you a glimpse in all directions. On one side you can look down onto the pristine sands of the long Zenith beach. And on another, you have superb views of the entrance to the bay and nearby islands. Of course there are also wonderful views down to Shoal Bay and beyond. It being November I guess I was too late in the season to see any migrating whales in the mighty ocean at my feet. I certainly didn't see any. But there were quite a few people hiking up and down. Many were puffing and blowing with the exertion of the climb. But there was at least one fit individual who was running down without a care in the world. Oh, you can also take a path that leads to the old gun emplacements set up in WW2 to protect the entrance into the bay. There isn't much left now but it is worth a short detour. Thank goodness that the guns that used to be there were never fired in anger.
    Visited November 2022
    Written December 18, 2022
  • Shihoko P
    Melbourne, Australia535 contributions
    Breathtaking views from the summit
    The climb to the summit is recommended for those with medium levels of fitness and above. The view from the summit is one of my favourite views and is a rewarding walk. It provides a 360 view of the surrounds and is an exceptional place for a sunset. Highly recommended!
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 19, 2023
  • Margarita S
    9 contributions
    Best views in NSW!
    The hike to the top of Mt Tomaree is hard work but the views from the top are jaw-dropping. The walk is rated as Grade 5, the only one I came across in Australia, but while it is fairly tough there are much tougher walks in the Blue Mountains that are rated as Grade 4. So don't let the grading put you off this hike. It is an absolute must-do in Port Stephens
    Visited July 2022
    Written June 7, 2023
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funboarder
Newcastle, Australia111 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Mother nature in full flight! Really beautiful view from the top. You should go all the way to the top if you can.

It takes at least 30 mintues to the peak if you are semi fit. You cannot take a pram all the way or wheelchair.

There are steep ladders/stairs and several of them so you need to be able to climb steep stairs

Amazing place and 360 degree views. Loved it lots
Written January 19, 2020
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C_and_J_Lewis
Sydney, Australia467 contributions
Jun 2020
The views are just amazing and well worth the exertion. It is paved and has gantry areas in places which may test some people with acrophobia or vertigo (I suffer) but it is well worthwhile - and quite safe. There are resting spots for those who may want them, but again the reward, especially on a clear day is well worth the effort.

We loved this walk and after having done numerous walks in the area now, this was our favourite. Close to Shoal Bay and Nelson Bay, so if you are up this way we would definitely recommend it. The gun emplacements are also interesting.

Great value being FREE.
Written June 3, 2020
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Jaci
14 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
A good challenging walk for a rather unfit person like myself. However, once we were up there, spotting a few pods of dolphins at Zenith Beach below made it absolutely worth it. I could have stayed there for hours! The descent was a cake walk in comparison, and I had a spring in my steps!!

I would suggest, if you want to see the gun placements from the war, to do that on the descent. Otherwise, the climb might seem harder/longer.

Went on a beautiful, sunny day.

A previous visit many years ago was on a drizzly day, but that meant we stayed cooler. Either way, great views.

(Photo below is on the way down, from the war relics).
Written February 23, 2021
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Eyekaytoo
Leverkusen, Germany2,996 contributions
Nov 2022
If you get to Shoal Bay then, quite frankly, you really must head up to Tomaree Head if you feel confident in a long, sometimes steep walk to the summit. I did this on a warm, sunny but quite windy day in November recently. The views as I slowly climbed were outstanding. And at the summit you will find a number of lookouts giving you a glimpse in all directions. On one side you can look down onto the pristine sands of the long Zenith beach. And on another, you have superb views of the entrance to the bay and nearby islands. Of course there are also wonderful views down to Shoal Bay and beyond.

It being November I guess I was too late in the season to see any migrating whales in the mighty ocean at my feet. I certainly didn't see any. But there were quite a few people hiking up and down. Many were puffing and blowing with the exertion of the climb. But there was at least one fit individual who was running down without a care in the world.

Oh, you can also take a path that leads to the old gun emplacements set up in WW2 to protect the entrance into the bay. There isn't much left now but it is worth a short detour. Thank goodness that the guns that used to be there were never fired in anger.
Written December 18, 2022
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Jade
Melbourne, Australia12 contributions
Nov 2020
This walk was a highlight of my time on the coast. The walk is steep, with lots of stairs, though the view is worth it at the end. Found that doing the walk at around 8.30am was the best time, by the time we left it was quite busy.
Written November 22, 2020
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Karen P
Greater Sydney, Australia237 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
The walk takes about an hour or more all up there and back, you can just do the Headland hike which involves many sets of metal stairs and is quite strenuous - but it’s totally worth it once you get there.
No suitable for disabled people or strollers.
There is another gentler walk to the old WW2 gun armaments which is suitable for wheelchairs and strollers, the distance/time is similar to the Headland hike.
Parking can be challenging as the walk is very popular and there are not too many parking spots. Maybe go early or later to get a good parking spot.
Written January 3, 2020
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melons118
Sydney, Australia124 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
The walk up had a few steep paths and steel stairs with rails. The path is clear and safe for all ages. You can walk at your own pace. We were with 3 kids and the walk up took about 35 mins. The view at the top is great on a sunny day. You have full 365 degree views of Nelson Bay. The walk down is about 15 mins. The path is in Both
Directions so be careful giving way to those coming down or walking passed your. Recommend to do at least once in your life
Written April 23, 2022
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Ian P
Altona, Australia142 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
The track was well paved & maintained with sturdy steel structure steps in places. Not a walk for the feint hearted as it is quite steep. Good parking availability at the bottom. Views were magnificent & recommended that you take the time to visit the WW2 bunkers & gun posts. Interesting history in this part of Australia.
Written June 24, 2021
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Jonique Life
Australia2,521 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Tomaree Mountain Lookout with a stunning 360 degree view of the surrounding bays and beaches, what a sight to behold.

This is a lovely and relatively easy climb... at least compared to most of the mountains we climb 🤪
There is a nice series of metal catwalks and stairs that work there way to the top.

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Written April 16, 2021
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Sue M
Mornington Peninsula, Australia148 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
Great views - worth the climb and yes it’s possible to do - I’m 69 asthmatic and have a pelvic injury just takes a bit more time. Plenty of places to stop and rest if needed. Make sure you have water with you.
Written March 3, 2020
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