The Worimi Conservation Lands Board of Management is pleased to announce that the ‘Ganyamalbaa Camping Trial’ will open on 1 February 2019.
Ganyamalbaa (gunya-mul-ba), meaning a ‘place to camp’ in Worimi Gathang language, is a new beach camping area located at the southern end of the Aboriginal-owned Worimi Conservation Lands, north of Newcastle.
Sustainable beach camping at the Worimi Conservation Lands
The opening of the Ganyamalbaa Camping Trial will replace the previous unrestricted camping at Stockton Beach.
Camping was closed in 2012 following a series of major storms that caused severe flooding of camping areas, damage to cultural sites and a safety risk for campers. The previous camping had a devastating impact on cultural sites, natural values and visitor safety, and it was clear that future camping needed to be sustainable. Read more about storm damage here.
Initially 15 spacious campsites accommodating up to 8 campers per site, will be opened as part of the Ganyamalbaa Camping Trial. A total of twenty-six campsites have been developed and the additional camping sites will enable the Board the flexibility to adapt the camping approach as required.
By day, campers can enjoy sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. You can explore the dunes and the spectacular Worimi cultural landscape. At night, the brilliant stars of the Milky Way galaxy turn on a mesmerising show, framed by the sleepy lights of Newcastle city in the distance.
A key feature of the camping trial is the ongoing monitoring program. It will enable the Board to closely observe, review and respond to the potential impacts of camping, and adapt its approach to ensure park values, such as Worimi cultural sites and the frontal dune are protected.