'Bushwalks around Port Stephens' by Michael Smith is available at the Port Stephens Visitor Information Centre. This budget booklet is an excellent guide to the local tracks and trails and there's even a best bushwalk for each month.
The most popular walk is the climb of Tomaree Head (158m). Take Shoal Bay Rd to the gates of Tomaree Lodge; the path is paved, with steel steps at the steepest parts. From the summit, the views are spectacular.
Allow an hour round trip for this bushwalk, plenty of time to sit on strategically placed benches and take in the view.
Native Flora Garden
The entrance to the Nelson Bay Native Flora Garden is off Dixon Drive, Nelson Bay, near Little Beach. Allow up to an hour to explore this revegetated area. Free comprehensive notes are available on site.
BBQs and picnic areas are available and there are numerous walks through the reserve.
The Tilligerry Peninsula on the northern shores of Port Stephens is home to a sizeable koala colony, living in a diverse eco-system of natural bushland. Take Lemon Tree Passage Road, to Tanilba Bay.
The Habitat Gallery and Information centre is at Shop 14, Tilligerry Plaza. From there, guided walks can be arranged.
The guides are well informed as to aboriginal lore, and the history and flora of the area. They are experts at spotting the koalas, and the boomerang throwing is fun.
Fishing at Tomaree National Park North Coast NSW Australia
Australian Koala habitat
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