Tomaree Sandbeds

The Tomaree Sandbeds lie on the end of the Tomaree Peninsula approximately 50 kilometres northeast of Newcastle. On the outskirts of the Sandbeds are the growing towns of Anna, Nelson, Fingal and Shoal Bays.

Tomaree Sandbeds
Catchment area 16km2
Dam volume 16,024ML (1ML = 1 million litres)
Annual rainfall 1350mm
Areas supplied Tomaree Peninsula
Land use breakdown of catchment 88% National Park, 12% rural residential or urban

The Catchment

The Sandbeds are primarily covered by Tomaree National Park. The system consists of 21 bores within the Anna Bay, Glovers Hill and Nelson Bay sandbeds.

The Sandbeds are the Peninsula's primary water source, therefore it is important to ensure that these Sandbeds are effectively managed to avoid contamination. The Anna Bay bores are located in a deep sand aquifer.

Extraction of water from the aquifer

Extracted water is treated at the Anna Bay and Glovers Hill Water Treatment Plants, each with a capacity to treat and deliver up to 12 megalitres per day.

Water quality and catchment health

Water from the Anna Bay aquifer is of a good quality. Sand itself is an efficient filter of contaminants and therefore pollutants do not travel quickly and are normally inactivated. In addition, most of the land within the catchments falls under protected areas, which preserves drinking water quality. We work with land use planners and industry in this area to protect the Sandbeds as a natural resource.

Public access

The Tomaree Sandbeds catchment is mostly contained within the Tomaree National Park which is managed by New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Services. This National Park includes public access to walking tracks, bicycle riding, and limited vehicle access.

Access restrictions include no horse riding, no domestic pets, and no driving off authorised access roads.


The penalties for non-compliance and further information can be found on the Public access to dams and catchments page.

Further information

For further information on the park, please contact us on 1300 657 657.