PORT STEPHENS THINGS TO DO | BUSHWALKING
The Tomaree National Park is an untouched wilderness filled with interesting landscapes and excellent walking tracks. Walking along the banks of the Tilligerry Creek almost guarantees a koala sighting. You can buy a Bushwalks around Port Stephens booklet from the Port Stephens Visitor Information Centre (60 Victoria Parade, Nelson Bay).
If you enjoy a challenging walk and scenic views rolled into one, then grab your hiking boots and make your way to Yacaaba Headland walking track. This lightly challenging walk leads up and across the northern headland of Port Stephens, in the southern reaches of Myall Lakes National Park.
Tomaree Headland + WWII Gun Emplacements
Take the invigorating short walk to the summit of Tomaree Head, 161m above the Port Stephens entrance. As you hike the track, youll enjoy unparalleled views of idyllic Port Stephens and its coastline. From the top, you can even see as far as Cabbage Tree and Boondelbah islands inside the bay, across Shoal Bay Beach and down the coast towards Fingal Bay Island.
Gan Gan Lookout
At a height of 160 metres, Gan Gan Hill is Port Stephens highest and most accessible lookout. Experience commanding views of the whole of Port Stephens, right through to Newcastle in the south and the Myall Lakes to the north. The lookout has been recently refurbished to include new pathways, landscaping and viewing binoculars, providing visitors with a 360-degree rotation to take in the spectacular views of Fingal Bay, Soldiers Point and Tea Gardens.
Fingal Bay Lighthouse
Built in 1862, Point Stephens Lighthouse features a swept tower base and first floor entrance that give a flared appearance. This construction, along with the terrace of Lighthouse Keepers quarters within the lighthouse precinct makes Point Stephens unique among Australian lighthouses. Point Stephens Lighthouse is even more unique in that its location on Fingal Island is occasionally connected to the mainland by a sand spit. However at present, it is not possible to reach the lighthouse via the spit so its best to get to the island by boat and walk along the track to the lighthouse. The coastal views from the island are pretty amazing as well.