Useful Links


Australia Museums and Galleries Association

Australia Museums and Galleries Association is the national organisation for the museums sector.

The National Maritime Museum of Australia

The National Maritime Museum of Australia collects, preserves, and exhibits objects and documents relating to Australia’s maritime history.

Newcastle Museum


Newcastle Museum's mission is to collect, preserve and interpret objects and stories for and about Newcastle in an innovative way to inspire, entertain and engage.

Maitland Regional Museum


Maitland Regional Museum's mission is to form an alliance of local heritage groups working together with the community, to provide a suitable place to collect, research, preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of Maitland.

Fighter World


Fighter World is dedicated to preserving the proud history of fighter aircraft operations in the Royal Australian Air Force.

University of Newcastle Cultural Collections


The Cultural Collection the home of the historical and cultural memory of the University and its regional context and is located on level 2 of the Auchmuty Library, University of Newcastle, Australia

Local Organisations

Port Stephens Council

Port Stephens is known for its natural beauty and highly valued environment, making it an ideal recreational, tourist and lifestyle destination - a great place to live and work. For these reasons, Port Stephens has very diverse social, environmental and economic characteristics.  It is these characteristics that make us such a unique and special place.

Tomaree Headland Heritage Group

The Tomaree Headland Heritage Group is a community led organisation that is based in Port Stephens and which includes as participating groups Tomaree Business Chamber, Nelson Bay RSL Sub-Branch, Destination Port Stephens, Port Stephens Historical Society, Shoal Bay Community Association, EcoNetwork, Marine Parks Authority and Tomaree Ratepayers & Residents Association.

Shoal Bay Community Association

The Shoal Bay Community Association Inc serves to unite our community in pursuit of enhanced amenity and environmental sustainability in Shoal Bay.

Tomaree Ratepayers & Residents Association (TRRA)

TRRA Inc. actively represents the Tomaree community on issues such as planning and development, protecting the built and natural environment. TRRA also takes an active stance on economic development, tourism, culture and other grass roots issues.

Local Indigenous Organisations

Worimi Conservation Lands

The Worimi People are custodians of the country around Port Stephens, their traditional lands. The Worimi Conservation Lands are managed by the local Worimi Traditional Owners, in partnership with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to ensure the protection of the natural and cultural values of the country.

Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council

The Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council is committed to improving, protecting and fostering the best interests of its members and all Aboriginal persons within the Council's area. 

Local Cultural Groups

Community Arts Centre Port Stephens

The Community Arts Centre occupies the site of the Nelson Bay Hospital and is a cultural centre for various local artists.

Artisans Collective Port Stephens

The Artisan Collective Port Stephens space is a co-operative gallery showcasing works, creations and products from local makers and artists. 

Tilligerry Arts Group

Tilligerry Arts Group, formed in 2003 by a small group of Tilligerry artists, provides encouragement and support to artists and artisans from the wider Port Stephens and Newcastle area. 

Raymond Terrace Art Space

Raymond Terrace Art Space, situated within Raymond Terrace Library, provides a free exhibition space for local artists showcasing varied mediums. 

Local Historical Organisations

Port Stephens Historical Society

Port Stephens Historical Society aims to encourage the study of and research in the history of the Port Stephens district and adjacent areas and to promote the compilation of authentic records relating to the history of the district.

Port Stephens Family History Society

The Port Stephens Family History Society aims to offer research facilities to members and help others research and compile their family history. The society is a non-profit association and most of their equipment and material at hand has been due to the generosity of past and present members.

Tomaree Family History Group

The Tomaree Family History Group Nelson Bay Incorporated was formed in 2000 and is enthusiastically gathering resources and is prepared to share knowledge and assist others with research into genealogy and family history.

Raymond Terrace & District Historical Society

The Society, founded in November 1974, provides assistance with local and family history research through their research rooms at the local library, which are open three days per week. The Society aims to collect local history in any form; to preserve artefacts; and to educate and provide an understanding of local pioneers.

Karuah Local History Group

Karuah Local History Group was formed to gather the stories, family histories and history of our community of Carrington, Swan Bay, Bucket’s Way, Limeburners Creek, Allworth, Booral, Girvan, The Branch, Nerong and, of course, Karuah.

Kings Street Preservation Action Group

The objectives of the society are to save the history of King Street, Raymond Terrace and to raise awareness of the heritage of the area.

The society also aims to ensure public access to the street and riverfront and to hold activities which bring people to the area.

Environmental Organisations

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is part of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and manages over 7 million hectares of land across NSW, including more than 870 national parks and reserves, 4 World Heritage-listed sites, a number of Australian National Heritage sites and 17 Ramsar wetlands. These protected areas play a critical role in conserving biodiversity, as well as natural and cultural heritage.

Marine Parks Association

The aim of the Marine Parks Association is to support and implement community based research, education and advocacy for marine parks and sustainable marine resource management.

NSW Department of Primary Industries

The NSW Department of Primary Industries, a division of the NSW Government, is responsible for the administration and development for agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture, forestry, and biosecurity in New South Wales.

Port Stephens EcoNetwork

EcoNetwork is a Port Stephens based conservation, sustainability and natural heritage network with a vision for an eco-oriented culture for sustainable communities and the transfer of intact eco-systems to future generations. EcoNetwork is committed to the conservation of terrestrial and marine environments and to opposing growth and development that is excessive: that threatens our vital life supporting natural systems and the integrity of our local environmental assets.

Local Historical Sites

Nelson Head Lighthouse

Also known as Nelson Head Inner Light, the light is no longer active but in the past guided ships into Port Stephens. The Lighthouse Cottage is a historic lighthouse keeper's cottage that now serves as a cafe and a museum of local history. The reserve is also the base for Marine Rescue NSW Port Stephens.

Tanilba House

Tanilba House is a convict built 6 bedroom stone homestead completed in 1831. The house sits on 3 acres of gardens and grounds overlooking Port Stephens from Tanilba Bay.

Tomago House

Established in the 1840s, this country residence with its fine verandahs and cool cellars was the heart of a vast agricultural estate. The grounds feature a pretty stone chapel that is still used for weddings today.

Tahlee Homestead

Tahlee House was originally built of sandstock brick in 1826 but was destroyed by fire in 1860. A new residence on the remains of old, utilising the remaining walls was built in 1880 and featured a beautiful garden, ball room and tennis courts.

Sketchley Pioneer Cottage

Sketchley Cottage is a rare timber slab colonial farm house, built about the 1840s on the Doribank Estate east of the Williams River in Raymond Terrace.

Local News

Port Stephens Examiner

The Port Stephens Examiner is a weekly local newspaper that delivers the latest news from Nelson Bay including sport, weather, entertainment and lifestyle.

Port Stephens Examiner, 1st January 2020

The Tomaree Museum Committee (TMC), still in its embryonic stage, has plans for a historic and culturally significant museum on the Tomaree Lodge site at Shoal Bay, once it has been vacated, at a cost estimated around the $15 million mark.

Port Stephens Examiner, 4th February 2019

The Friends of Tomaree Headland (FoTH) was formed to provide a strong voice to uphold the historic, cultural, marine and tourism value of this natural paradise, it has also adopted as part of its agenda the opportunity “to secure the future of the iconic Tomaree Lodge”.

NSW & Local Tourism

Destination Port Stephens

Destination Port Stephens is a non-profit, incorporated body supported by Port Stephens Council (PSC), for the betterment of the region as a destination to stimulate the local economy and ultimately provide the lifestyle benefits we have grown to love.

Visit NSW

From pristine beaches to the awe-inspiring Australian outback, New South Wales (NSW) is one of the most unique places in the world. NSW Holidays are the ideal way to explore the State and enjoy stunning stretches of coastline, great bushwalks in beautiful national parks, and outstanding dining experiences in spectacular locations


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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