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 - 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


Goulds Petrel & John Gould Reserve

The Gould's petrel is a small bird which breeds almost exclusively on several small islands off Port Stephens on the New South Wales coast

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Soft Coral
by Dr David Harasti

A video compilation of soft sponges and sea horses around the Port Stephens, Great Lakes area.


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Port Stephens Dolphins



Sketchley Cottage is the only known example of an 1840s colonial building in the Port Stephens Local Government Area. 



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Black Marlin caught in
Worlds first


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. 

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Whale Migration

An estimated 35,000 whales, mainly humpbacks and southern right whales, migrate along Australia's east coast between May and November each year.



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Rabbit Plague,
Broughton Island

Successful rabbit eradication programs have been carried out on Broughton Island.

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Port Stephens Oyster


Oyster farming is the oldest aquaculture industry in Australia commencing in the late 1800's.


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Port Stephens Outer Islands


The outer’ islands of Port Stephens comprise two groups: Cabbage Tree, Boondelbah and Little Islands just outside the heads to Port Stephens

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Karuah River


Karuah River is a drowned river estuary on the south-eastern slopes of Gloucester Tops and flows generally south-east and south before reaching Port Stephens at Karuah.

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Port Stephens - Great Lakes Marine Park


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

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National Parks


Tomaree National Park stretches along the coastline from the south head of Port Stephens (Tomaree Head) to Birubi Point.

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Port Stephens - Great Lakes Marine Park and Catchment Heritage Listing


The Marine Parks Association is proposing a bid for inclusion in the World Heritage site listing.


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NSW State Conservation Areas


State conservation areas are lands reserved to protect and conserve significant or representative ecosystems



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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.