This fun little summit walk to the top of Tomaree Head offers incredible views over Port Stephens and the islands off of the coast. The Tomaree Head Summit Walk has the added bonus of likely whale and dolphin sightings (in season). Lace up those grippy walking shoes and head on up.


  • Perfect spot for dolphin and whale watching
  • Views over Port Stephens and nearby islands
  • Scenic walking track

The Lowdown

The Tomaree Head Summit Walk is a quickie but a goody and will leave you time to explore everything else Port Stephens has to offer. Take the schlep up to the summit by following the winding track from the beach at Shoal Bay.

Wind your way through shady forests, getting glimpses of the incredible view along the way.



Tomaree Head Summit Walk Port Stephens (NSW), Natalie Hardbattle, walkway, ocean, trees

Once at the top you’ll enjoy the full panorama over Port Stephens and the rest of the stunning coastline. If visiting during September and October, you’re almost guaranteed to spot pods of whales with their newborn calves, on their migration south.


Tomaree Head Summit Walk Port Stephens (NSW), Natalie Hardbattle, people, photo, camera, view, ocean, trees, lookout

Essential Gear

  • Shoes with a good grip (the track is steep and can be slippery)
  • Picnic + cold ones for the top
  • Camera gear



  • Hiking
  • Whale watching
  • Photography


How To Get There

The track starts at the end of Shoal Bay Road. There is parking at lower Zenith Beach.


Skill Level

Beginner/Intermediate. The walk is short but steep and will get the heart pumping. The track is well marked but can get slippery when wet, so wear shoes with good grip. There are plenty of places to stop on the way up to take a breather and enjoy the views.


Distance Covered/Elevation

2.2km return – 161m elevation gain.