Where can I drive?
Beach and dune driving is one of the most popular activities for visitors to the Worimi Conservation Lands – more than 22km of Stockton beach front, and 350 hectares of dunes in the Recreational Vehicle Area (RVA) are open for four-wheel-driving.
The primary public access points to WCL for four-wheel-drive vehicles are via the Lavis Lane (Williamtown) and Gan Gan Road (Anna Bay) entrances.
Driving is permitted on the beachfront between the Sygna wreck in the south and the Gan Gan Road access frontal dune crossing in the north. Driving behind the beachfront is only permitted:
- along defined routes to and from WCL designated vehicle accesses (Lavis Lane and Gan Gan Road)
- in the Recreation Vehicle Area
- along defined routes (including across the frontal dune) to and from Tin City and any potential future camping sites.
Driving outside of these areas, or on Aboriginal cultural sites, beach vegetation, the frontal dune (except on designated frontal dune crossings) and on park management trails is not permitted.
All dunes, back-beach and swale areas between the Lavis Lane and Gan Gan Road entrances are closed to driving – do not follow tracks into these areas. The dune areas of the WCL are dynamic and contain large numbers of Aboriginal cultural sites. The shape, slope and stability of the dunes vary with the weather and are constantly changing, sometime on a daily basis. This unpredictability, the potential for damage to cultural sites, and impacts to species that inhabit the dunes are important reasons why driving is limited to the RVA.
Do I need a permit?
All vehicles entering the WCL must be registered and display a valid WCL vehicle permit.
Please note that NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service annual passes are not valid for the WCL You’ll find more information on vehicle permits and where to purchase them here.
NSW road rules apply on the park.
Beach driving is different
Four-wheel-driving is a popular activity at the Worimi Conservation Lands but can be dangerous if not approached cautiously.
Beach driving conditions are very different to road driving. Planning and preparing for driving on sand will help you enjoy the experience and keep yourself, your passengers and the people around you safe:
Be prepared for soft sand and beach erosion.
- Deflate your tyres for sand driving.
- Give way to pedestrians at all times.
- Obey speed restrictions. While driving on the beach 40km/h is the maximum speed limit, and 20km/h when passing vehicles or beach walkers.
- Drive according to conditions.
- Avoid sharp turns and sudden braking.
- Be prepared for dunes to conceal other vehicles.
- Avoid reckless driving—for your safety and the safety of others.
- Do not launch off dune slopes.
- Always re-adjust tyres for road driving.
- Carry a pump or air compressor and tyre gauge.
- All passengers must be seated inside a vehicle, wearing a seat belt.
- Driving with people sitting on the back your vehicle or being towed is illegal.
Paying attention to existing tracks along the beach front may help you find the safest and easiest driving route, and also gives pedestrians an idea of where vehicles are going to be. Slow down, especially around other cars, and look out for pedestrians.
- Do not drive over Aboriginal middens or shell accumulations—you may damage cultural sites
- Don’t drive over vegetation – keep dunes intact by following previous tracks
- Do not drive in or through the lagoon areas as they are a vital link within the beach eco-system.
Please be mindful of the changing conditions and of other park users around you and stay safe.
Fenwicks Towing (ph 02 4952 9544) is licensed to operate on the park and may be able to provide assistance to bogged vehicles (fees apply).