So here we are, Sunday morning chomping at the bit to get out of the house and do something.
The kids have spent too much time playing computer games already this weekend. So with some quick googling I stumbled upon Mt Tomaree, up in Nelson Bay.
I was looking for something fun that would get the whole family excited. The pictures online made us want to see more so we slapped together a picnic, grabbed some snacks, heaps of water and piled into the car. Off we headed for Nelson Bay.
From the car park it seemed huge, a little intimidating even. Looking way up at the top you could just make out the people on what looked like a cat walk of sorts. This made us want to explore it even more.
Are we mad trying to make the summit climb with all four kids? Probably but there is only one way to find out. We headed off with the attitude of ‘we’ll just see how far we get and if it’s too hard we can always turn back’.
It was a cool day and had been raining on and off so it was going to be good out in the fresh air. From the car park there is a brick path way that starts on an easy incline but it gets steep really quickly. There are hand rails on the worst of it to help make it a little easier and as you can see in the pic above, the boys found some good hiking sticks.
Soon enough you come to a fork in the road; the first option is to continue down the brick path to the gun turrets of WWII or a steep metal staircase going straight up the side of the mountain just begging to be explored.
There is plenty to see on the way up, the track is good and easy to pass people on if needed. It is a little steep in sections but it’s sealed the whole way up and there are metal stairs and walkways that add more excitement to the adventure.
You really do get the feeling of being in the great outdoors up here. There is so much natural beauty surrounding you all the time.
There are plenty of places to stop, take a rest and have a drink on the way up.
**Make sure you wear good shoes and take plenty of water as it is hard going in some sections.
As you get closer to the top you start to get glimpses of the spectacular views. Once at the top it is absolutely stunning! The breathtaking views of the ocean, mountains and the bay are like starring at a perfect picture. It seems surreal.
One of the great things is that because it is so beautiful there is always someone around to take a the family photo for you.
Once you have soaked up enough of the great views there are other things to enjoy and discover like the old WWII radar site and all of the love locks on the northern lookout.
On the way back down with all the kids we just made them stay in between us, so that no one uncontrollably took off down the mountain. Haddies’ little legs were worn out so I threw her up on my shoulders for the trip back down, this made it easier to control the circus.
Once at the bottom of the summit stairs once again; feeling really good we decided that we better go and check out the WWII gun turrets. It was a much easier walk, majority of the way was only slightly down hill and it wasn’t very far.
Feeling on top of the world, we did it! We made it all the way to the summit with all the kids and no fuss. It was easy and rewarding but most importantly it’s quality family time together.
Have you trekked up Mount Tomaree? What did you think?
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