On The Way Up

While Team Bellingham is out racing each day, the Ambassadors are able to enjoy local sites and cultural activities.  These have included the historic City of Newcastle, the Wine Region of Hunter Valley, and the 45 Mile Long Stanley Sand Dunes where the movie Mad Max was filmed.  Today we climbed Tomaree Head.  Tomaree Head is one of two headlands that protect the entrance to Nelson Bay.  With the other Head, Yaccaba Headland, these  old volcanic hills protect the bay.

Tomaree Head lies at the northeastern tip of Tomaree National Park of the southern peninsula from the headland at the northeastern tip following a strip south and then west around the coast to Boat Harbour and Little Kingsley Beach. The beaches are attractive and ideal for swimming and fishing. The park is full of birdlife and, from July to February, wildflowers. In all, the bushland around Port Stephens supports considerable biological diversity: 230 bird species, 48 mammal species and 650 plant species. (Taken From Port Stephens Australia.Com)

Beaches, Bark and Buds

The beauty of the region is quite stunning.  It is not really possible to describe everything.  The birds, from Parrots to Penguins are varied and stunning.  The spiders, not normally something of interest to many, are big and colorful.  The flowers, even though winter is coming on, are numerous and bright.  Tomaree Head is one of the most stunning areas that one can enjoy in Port Stephens and at every turn there is a photograph to be taken.  Walking up Tomaree Head is relatively easy, in that the park service has put ladders up the head to protect the environment.  At the top of Tomaree Head, people have started placing engraved brass locks on the railings that memorialize the passing of some and the marriage of others.  Port Stephens is a special place.



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