Tomaree Head Summit Hike
This short uphill walk rewards you with stunning views of Port Stephens and along the coastline.
Pretty much every guide to Port Stephens will make mention of the Tomaree Head Summit Hike. And for good reason. The track is steep and has many steps but is thankfully brief — it should take about 45 minutes to get to the top of the rugged peak positioned 161 metres above the port's entrance to the Tasman Sea.
When you arrive, you'll be rewarded with stunning panoramic views over the town and along the coastline from the two viewing platforms. From the south platform you can spy Fingal Island and the lighthouse, while from the north platform you'll be able to see Yacaaba Head, Cabbage Tree and Broughton Island.
There's a picnic table up there, too, if you'd like to take a break before you head back down. If you want to keep walking, peel away to the Fort Tomaree track to check out the historic gun emplacements from World War II.
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