Beach Driving Permits
Vehicles may be driven on approved Port Macquarie-Hastings beaches if that vehicle displays a current beach driving permit.
- Permits are issued on an annual basis and are valid from 1 July to 30 June each year
- Permits cost $26.00 per annum
- Permits are issued only to vehicles that hold a current certificate of registration. A copy of the vehicle's current certificate of registration must be provided at the time of purchase as proof of compulsory third party insurance cover
- Permits will not be issued to any unregistered vehicle
- The permit is to be displayed on the inside bottom left-hand side of the windscreen of motor vehicles and near the registration label on motor cycles
|Port Macquarie-Hastings Council||
Port Macquarie - Corner Lord & Burrawan Streets
Wauchope - High Street
Laurieton - 9 Laurie Street
|Greater Port Macquarie Visitor Information Centre||@ the Glasshouse, corner of Clarence & Hay Streets Port Macquarie|
|ARB 4x4 Accessories||173 Lake Road Port Macquarie|
|North Haven Takeaway & General Store||73 The Parade North Haven (Cnr Edith Street)|
Approved Access Points
Permissible Areas for Driving on Beaches with Permit Displayed
Intersection of North Shore Drive and Plomer Road
10km north of access to Point Plomer access
Matthew Flinders Drive
6km south of access to Lake Cathie access on Ocean Drive near Dirah Street
Lake Cathie Beach
Ocean Drive opposite Lake Cathie Sports Fields near Dirah Street
6km north of access to Lighthouse Beach access on Matthew Flinders Drive
Lake Cathie/Bonny Hills Beach
Middle Rock Road (off Ocean Drive Lake Cathie)
2km south of access to Duchess Creek (north of Rainbow Beach)
Ocean Drive North Haven (2.3kms north on Ocean Drive from roundabout with The Parade)
2km north of access to Grants Head and south to 500 m north of North Haven Beach car park
Dunbogan Beach -Dunbogan
off the Boulevarde Dunbogan (take turnoff to Waste Management Facility)
8km south of access to Diamond Head access (Crowdy Bay National Park)
Dunbogan Beach - Diamond Head
Diamond Head Road (Crowdy Bay National Park)
8km north of access at Diamond Head to Dunbogan Beach access point at Dunbogan (off the Boulevarde)
- North Beach - from North Shore Drive south to breakwall (2 km)
- Town Beach
- Oxley Beach
- Flynns Beach
- Lighthouse Beach from Tacking Point headland to Matthew Flinders Drive access (2 km)
- Cathie Beach - Ocean Drive access near Dirah Street to Middle Rock Road access (1 km)
- Rainbow Beach Bonny Hills south of Duchess Creek
- Sharkies Beach
- North Haven Beach
- Dunbogan Beach - northern end (1 km)
- Motor vehicles not registered under the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Act 1997 and Road Transport (Vehicle Registration Regulation 2007 are prohibited from all beaches.
- Disabled drivers MAY apply for a special licence under RTA unregistered vehicles provision.
All persons driving or riding motor vehicles must be licensed in accordance with the Road Transport (Driver Licensing) Act 1998 and Road Transport (Driver Licensing Regulation 1999.
A speed limit of 50 km/h applies and vehicles are required to slow to a speed of not more than 25 km/h when within 100 metres of people on beaches.
Surf Patrol Areas
Vehicles are not permitted to drive through a surf patrol area unless arrangements are made with the patrol captain on duty.
Beach users have right-of-way over motor vehicles at all times and motor vehicles must be kept at a reasonable and safe distance from other beach users.
Motor vehicles are prohibited from travelling above the high water mark on all beaches except when crossing the beach to and from officially constructed access points and specifically designated boat launching sites.
If when driving on the beach below high water, a section is encountered that cannot be passed because of sand drift situations, drivers are to turn around and not proceed through the drift section.
- It is an offence to operate a vehicle on the vegetated dune of any beach.
- It is an offence carrying a $110 on-the-spot fine to drive on any beach (except at boat launching sites) without a current beach driving permit.
- The permit holder is to ensure that the sticker is displayed as required - breach of this policy carries a $110 on-the-spot fine.
- Drivers of permitted vehicles are required to observe the safety of other beach users including bathers, pedestrians and persons sun-bathing. Council may revoke a permit without notice should adverse reports be confirmed.
- Any person driving in restricted or prohibited areas will be considered to be in breach of the Recreation Vehicles Act 1983 which provides for penalties of up to $500, or a breach of the Local Government Act 1993 which provides for penalties of up to $550. On-the-spot fines of $110 may be also issued. Port Macquarie-Hastings Council reserves the right to withdraw the beach driving permit from vehicles found contravening this policy.
The following persons are authorised to enforce this policy:
- Officers of the NSW Police Force
- Authorised Officers as defined under the Recreational Vehicles Act 1983
- Council Rangers
- Council Beach Inspectors
- Officers of the National Parks and Wildlife Service
- Managers of council operated caravan parks and camping areas