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The Tomaree Museum Association aims to develop a Tomaree Museum and Interpretative Centre which, through community and Government contributions and engagement, will

o   document, protect and promote the history and changing natural environment of Port Stephens 

o   identify challenges, risks, opportunities and a sustainable future for the region.

The strategic plans of the Tomaree Museum Association are to:

o   Gain Government and community support

o   Secure the best possible site in Port Stephens

           - ideally the Tomaree Lodge historical site in Shoal Bay but there are other excellent options in Nelson Bay

o   Gather and secure museum treasure

o   Develop Tomaree Museum Infrastructure 

The Tomaree Museum Infrastructure should comprise:

  • A Virtual Museum at

  • Any assigned heritage and historic sites - eg Tomaree Lodge, Outer Lighthouse;  protected and repurposed as required

  • A new, purpose-built history museum and sustainability focused interpretative centre with café and shop

  • Co-located stakeholder facilities - eg NPWS Visitor Information Centre, Arts Centre, Conference Centre, Marine Parks Information Centre, PSC Visitor Centre

  • A roadmap to the network of other specialised Port Stephens historical and natural attractions, eg Heritage listed houses, National and Marine parks, lighthouses, other museums such as Murook and Fighter World etc.

The themes of the proposed regional museum are planned to be:

o   Natural history and sustainability

  • Landscape and forests

  • Wildlife

  • Global warming and pollution impacts

  • Tomaree National Park


o   First Nations People - Worimi history


o   European discovery and impacts

  • James Cook, First Fleet and early settlement 

  • Australian capital planning

  • Maritime history

  • Naval and military history

  • Industry - pastoral, fishing, mining, 

  • Modern development and tourism


The Tomaree Museum Association Incorporated aims to develop a  regional museum and interpretative centre to document, protect and promote the history and changing natural environment of Port Stephens.



The Tomaree Museum Association acknowledges the Worimi people, the traditional owners and custodians of the land and waters upon which Tomaree Museum stands. We should like to pay our respect to the Elders past and present, and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that this website contains a range of material which may be culturally sensitive including records of people who may have passed away.

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