Tomaree National Park is a 20km strip of scenic, rocky coastline between Anna Bay and Shoal Bay. It is just one of the many places around Port Stephens where you can take an easy bush walk with ample spots to swim, snorkel, kayak, surf, or picnic. Take a walk up the Tomaree Headland to see spectacular views of the bay and offshore islands. Sitting in the shadow of Tomaree Peak are Zenith Wreck and Box Beach in Shoal Bay and their quiet surroundings and majestic views offer a place to reflect on the area’s natural beauty.
For keen fisherman, boats can be hired to explore the port and the surrounding reefs. There is also a number of deep sea fishing charters. Port Stephens’ coastline is scattered with islands and is a haven for wildlife. One particular island, Cabbage Tree Island, is home to the rare sea bird, the Gould Petrel. On the mainland, consider a visit to the Native Flora Garden or visit the Tilligerry Habitat Activity Centre, which offers guided koala tours.
The aquatic reserves in and around Port Stephens are unparalleled in terms of beauty, variety and ease. Fly Point and Halifax Park offer great scuba diving with colours that rival the Barrier Reef. In fact, the whole port is so special that it was declared a marine national park in 2006.