The Tomaree Museum Association has
launched the Tomaree Museum Project:



To develop a Tomaree Museum which through community and Government contributions and engagement

  • Documents, Protects and Promotes the history and changing natural environment of Port Stephens 

  • Identifies challenges, risks, opportunities and a sustainable future for the region



The Tomaree Museum Project Plan aims to establish a regional museum for Port Stephens on the Tomaree Peninsula

The key steps in this plan are:

  1. Gain Government and community support

  2. Secure the best possible site in Port Stephens - ideally the Tomaree Lodge historical site but there other excellent options such as Fly Point, Nelson Bay.

  3. Gather and secure museum treasure - build a collection of virtual and physical artefacts using all community resources

  4. Develop Tomaree Museum Infrastructure

  • Build a Virtual Tomaree Museum at

  • Protect and re-purpose any assigned historic sites - eg Tomaree Lodge, Outer Lighthouse

  • Establish a new, purpose built Museum and Interpretative Centre with café and shop

  • Encourage co-location of stakeholder facilities - eg NPWS Visitor Information Centre, Arts Centre, Conference Centre, Marine Parks Information Centre, PSC Visitor Centre

  • Establish a roadmap to the network of other specialised Port Stephens historical and natural attractions - eg Heritage listed houses, Tomaree Coastal Walk trailhead, Tomaree Mountain trailhead, Fighter World, Inner Light Maritime Museum, Worimi Centre

For more about the Association:

The themes of the proposed regional museum include:

  • Natural history and sustainability

  • First Nations People - Worimi history

  • European discovery and impacts

  • Pioneering settlement

  • 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.