Theme: Geological and Environmental History and Sustainability

Tomaree Museum aims to document the geological and environmental history of the region and to protect and promote the Port Stephens environment by identifying  challenges, risks, and opportunities for improved sustainability.

Tomaree Museum as a regional sustainability centre will provide a total system view of local sustainability issues such as:


  • Protection of the unique natural environment and wildlife of Port Stephens; 

  • Preservation and promotion of local aboriginal history and culture; 

  • Local climate change impacts and strategies;  the role of local businesses;

  • Waste management, recycling strategies, and local pollution threats and carbon emission data;

  • Local bush fire management history, resources and lessons;

  • Future risks to the growth and sustainability of unique tourism assets including dolphin, syngnathid (sea horse) and whale watching;

  • Port Stephens human population -  demographics, diversity, risks eg pandemics;

  • The history and future of key Port Stephens industries such as oyster farming, fishing;

  • Environmental Lessons learnt from significant local historical events;

  • Water - as the beginning of the end of the drought approaches what have we learned about water management?

  • Local farming practises.


Tomaree Museum aims to build a sustainability document record by encouraging the community and government agencies to provide articles, reports and analysis  on these and other relevant themes

Soft Coral by Dr David Harasti


Dr David Harasti is a marine scientist with the NSW Marine Parks Authority at Taylors Beach, Port Stephens. He recorded this video of soft corals and sponges in Port Stephens where they form a natural habitat for seahorses.


For further information on seahorses and their habitat visit the Project Seahorse website (  

Gould's petrel


The nominate subspecies (Pterodroma leucoptera leucoptera) breeds on several small islands off the New South Wales coast in Australia, but primarily on Cabbage Tree Island (John Gould Nature Reserve). 

Port Stephens - Great Lakes

Marine Park


Port Stephens – Great Lakes Marine Park extends from Cape Hawke near Forster south to Birubi Beach at the northern end of Stockton Beach. 

Port Stephens - Great Lakes Marine Park and Catchment Heritage Listing


The Marine Parks Association is proposing to prepare a bid for the inclusion of the Port Stephens – Great Lakes Marine Park and Catchment Area to be submitted for inclusion in the World Heritage site listing. The nominated land and water within the catchment and estuary closely represents the original Worimi Nations country, going back several thousand years.

Rabbit Plague, Broughton Island


Successful rabbit eradication programs have been carried out by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, with the help of collaborating agencies, on several islands off the coast of New South Wales, including Broughton Island. These particular islands are small and heavily vegetated, and had been badly damaged by rabbit grazing. Nesting seabirds were at risk because of vegetation loss and environmental changes being caused by rabbits. 

World's First Black Marlin Caught at Port Stephens


On 8th February 1913, Dr Mark Cowley Lidwill (1878-1969) became the first angler to catch a black marlin (Tetrapterus Indicus) with a rod and reel. 


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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