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

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