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Port Stephens offers many epic tracks to conquer on your own two feet — or on two wheels
They range in difficulty, but they all promise splendid views of the coastline, native forests and wildlife — and, if you're there at the right time of year, glimpses of sea life, too. Here is a handful that you should add to your to-do list — plus, a couple of routes that you can do on two wheels, too.
TOMAREE HEAD SUMMITDistance: 2.2km (return) I Time: 1 hour 30 minutes – 2 hours I Difficulty: Medium - HardTake the invigorating walk to the summit of Tomaree Head, 161m above the Port Stephens entrance. Enjoy unparalleled views from the top.
FORT TOMAREE – SHOAL BAYDistance: 2.5km (return) I Time: 1 hour – 1 hour 30 minutes I Difficulty: MediumWalk on a paved track around the lower slopes of Tomaree Head brings you face-to-face with local military heritage - World War II Gun emplacements, built in 1941.
WRECK BEACH – SHOAL BAYDistance: 2km (return) I Time: 30 minutes – 1 hour I Difficulty: MediumThis easy walk to Wreck Beach, through a lush coastal Angophora forest, leads onto a small cove with beautiful sand and open views of the ocean.
NATIVE FLORA GARDENS – NELSON BAYDistance: 1km I Time: 30 minutes to 1 hour I Difficulty: EasyThese gardens feature local and Australian native plants, diverse bird life, steps and pathways (some water views). There are a number of Aboriginal canoe trees in and around the gardens. Formerly the site of HMAS Assault from 1942 to 1945.
ONE MILE BEACH – ONE MILEDistance: 3km (return) I Time: 1 hour – 1 hour 30 minutes I Difficulty: EasyBacked by sand dunes and bushland, favourable for swimming, surfing and sunbathing the beach is an easy stroll along the sand and be sure to keep an eye out for sea life such as whales and dolphins.
BIG ROCKY – FINGAL BAYDistance: 2.8km (return) I Time: 1 hour minutes each way I Difficulty: MediumA sandy track leading to a rocky headland - ideal at low tide.
You can discover more walks in Port Stephens or purchase the Bushwalking booklet at the Nelson Bay Visitor Information Centre.
Port Stephens is great for cycling, from serious mountain bikers right through to families who enjoy a safe and scenic bike ride. A Port Stephens bike ride offers amazing views and very little traffic.
BARTLETT CYCLEWAY - NELSON BAY - CORLETTEDistance: 5km (one way) I Time: 30-45 minutes at leisurely speed I Difficulty: EasyFrom Bagnalls Beach, to Little Beach / Inner Light Cafe via Dutchies, Nelson Bay Marina, Fly Point and Little Beach.
FINGAL CYCLEWAYDistance: 3km (one way) I Time: 20-30 minutes at leisurely speed I Difficulty: EasyFrom Fingal End of Tomaree Road to Barry Park via Fingal Surf Club, Fingal Beach and Barry Park Whale Watching Platform.
ZENITH TO FINGAL CYCLEWAYDistance: 2.5km (one way) I Time: 20-30 minutes at leisurely speed I Difficulty: Medium (some areas require caution)From Zenith Beach to Fingal Cycleway via Wreck Beach and Box Beach.
RAYMOND TERRACE TO MEDOWIE CYCLEWAYDistance: 11km (one way) I 1 hour 30 minutes at leisurely speed I Difficulty: Easy (minimal road crossing points with the route being entirely off road).This route connects the two communities of Raymond Terrace and Medowie. Starting at the Lakeside Leisure Centre carpark, the route passes Finnan Park Picnic Area, (bbq and toilet facilities) then skirts the Grahamstown Dam shoreline. Next stop is the Grahamstown Aquatic Centre (picnic area) and then through the rural area of Medowie into the main shopping centre.
Cycleways in Port Stephens
OTHER TRAILS IN TOMAREE NATIONAL PARK - the map will guide you through the trails.■ Anna Bay Bore Line■ Tank Trail■ Shoal Bay Bore Line■ West Ridge Trail■ Shoal Bay East Trail■ Austral Street Trail■ Kurrara Trail■ Swamp Trail■ Sewer Line Trail■ Moorland Trail■ South Gan Gan Trail■ Big Rocky Road■ Fenceline Trail■ Skid Pan Trail■ Met Station Trail■ Glovers Hill Trail■ North South Trail■ Met Station Link Trail
Hike and Bike Trails