If you’re looking for a peaceful spot to soak up the serene marine splendour of Port Stephens, do the easy walk to Wreck Beach – tucked away behind the houses at Shoal Bay and visible from the majestic lookout at Tomaree Head summit. This beach only the locals know. It’s a small private beach that is framed in volcanic mountains.
From Verona Road, follow the track uphill and onto the fire trail which eventually takes you onto Wreck Beach walk. Walking through this lush coastal angophora forest leads onto a small cove, with beautiful sand and open views of the ocean, which is perfect for seasonal whale watching. You might even spot a bottlenose dolphin frolicking with their calf in summer.
You’ll feel great as you walk barefoot along the beach as the water laps at your feet. When you’re finished, settle down in a relaxing picnic spot and enjoy the solitude of one Port Stephens’ best kept secrets.
Wreck Beach is near Shoal Bay in Tomaree National Park. To get there:
Follow Shoal Bay Road around from Nelson Bay
Turn right on Tomaree Road
Turn left on Verona Road and follow it to the end, where the walk begins
Sealed road – 2WD vehicles – All weather
On street parking is available on Verona Road, Shoal Bay.