New, short walking tours up Port Stephens’ ‘little mountain’ Tomaree Head, have been introduced, with guests able to feast on one of the most spectacular views in NSW along with a platter of fresh, local seafood.
The 161m-high peak of Tomaree Head rears sharply above the bay and ocean beaches at the heads of Port Stephens, offering magnificent vistas in all directions.
The, new guided walks are available during the day, at sunrise and also at sunset when a ‘summit-tasting plate’ is unveiled on the mountain top, featuring fresh, locally-sourced seafood and other delicacies.
The tours are operated by Escape Trekking Adventures, an outdoor recreation business which also runs high-thrill adventures on the Kokoda Track and to Everest Base Camp and Mt. Kilimanjaro. While the tours of Mt Tomaree are much more leisurely, tour guides Shane and Tina Goodwin bring with them vast experience in bushwalking and knowledge of World War 2 history, which is showcased on thet walks.
The standard, guided tours depart at 10am and 2pm from Wednesday through to Saturday each week, with bookings essential. The 3km walk takes about 90-minutes. Sunrise and sunset departure times are also available, as are private guided tours.
Prices are from $20 per adult, $16 per child or $65 for families with two adults and two children under 16 years of age. Included is tour commentary of the historical sites, water, completion certificate and the services of a qualified tour guide. The sunset guided tour with summit-tasting plate included costs $50 per adult or child, and includes fresh prawns and oysters from the Nelson Bay Fish Market, local Anna Bay Tomatoes and other produced sourced from the region.
Tomaree Head was pivotal in the defence of Australia during World War 2 and is home to a number of military relics, including weapon pits, gun emplacements, observation posts, torpedo tubes and a battery plotting room. With the use of a wartime map and GPS, Shane Goodwin has been able to plot these and keep a reference of the locations, enabling him to point out the relics as part of the tours and explain how Port Stephens was vital to the war effort, as walkers ascend the summit.
For more information and to book a walking tour, visit the ‘see and do’ tour page of Destination Port Stephens’ website –www.portstephens.org.au .