On the banks of the north arm of the Hunter River, just north of Newcastle, Tomago is in a country where fishing and seafood - and especially prawns - dominate menus and the minds of many holidaymakers. Tomago is right next door to the extensive Kooragang Nature Reserve which skirts the shores of Fullerton Cove and is a favoured place for bushwalking, picnicking and barbecuing. Tomago is also just a short, scenic drive from the beautiful aquatic paradise of Port Stephens, increasingly significant as a desirable tourist destination. It is also the perfect base for a day excursion into the Hunter Valley where you can do the fulsome rounds of vineyards and wineries, horse studs and upmarket eateries. And, of course, the delightful city of Newcastle - NSW's second largest city - is just a 30-minutes or so drive to the south-east. This great, historic city, is already much recovered from the earthquake which ravaged it in 1989 and the social upheaval caused by the closing of the BHP steelworks, which threw hundreds of people out of work. Tourism is the big push now for this city by the sea.