Beach Vehicle Permit

Driving on our beaches

Four-wheel driving can be a great way to enjoy our beaches.

Obtaining a MidCoast beach access vehicle permit gives you entry to a range of beautiful, unspoilt beaches in both the Manning and Great Lakes regions. By obtaining a permit you are also agreeing to comply with rules regarding where and when you can access the beach.

Permit Options and Fees

(Please note: not all permit types are available from all locations).

  • Annual Permit (July - June) - Cost $60.00 ($30.00 for Pensioners)
  • Annual Professional Fishermen Permit (provides additional beach access - Great Lakes region only) - Cost $60.00
  • 30 Day Permit (from start date) - Cost $40.00
  • Replacement labels cost $10.00 for all permit types

Buy a permit

There are two ways you can buy a beach vehicle access permit.

1) Download and fill in the form: Beach access vehicle permit application form(PDF, 720KB)

2) Buy a permit directly from one our approved sellers below:

(Please note: not all permit types are available from all locations).

  • Bohnock - Bohnock Bait and Tackle.
  • Bulahdelah Visitors Information Centre - 8 Crawford Street. Open 9.00am to 4.00pm - Monday to Saturday.  
  • Forster Tuncurry Visitors Information Centre - Little Street, Forster. Open 9.00am to 5.00pm on weekdays, and 9.00am to 4.00pm  on weekends and public holidays.
  • Hallidays Point General Store - 30 Day permits not available.
  • Harrington - Ritchies Bait and Tackle.
  • Hawks Nest Newsagency - 34 Yamba Street, Hawks Nest. Open 5.30am to 5.30pm on weekdays, 5.30am to 3.00pm on weekends during winter, and 5.30am to 5.30pm on weekends during summer.
  • Manning Valley Visitors Information Centre - Manning River Drive, Taree.
  • Sandbar and Bushland Caravan Park - 3434 The Lakes Way, Pacific Palms. Open 9.00am to 5.00pm, 7 days per week during summer, 9.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Saturday during winter, and 9.00am to 3.00pm on Sunday during winter. 
  • Wingham Library - Wynter Street, Wingham.

Displaying Your Permit

A valid and current beach vehicle permit must be clearly displayed on the bottom passenger side of the vehicle windscreen and the vehicle registration must be clearly written on the label.

All vehicles must be registered with the Roads and Maritime Services, and drivers must hold a current drivers licenceapplicable to the vehicle they are driving.

Why do we have beach vehicle permits?

Beach environments are sensitive and dynamic. We as Council have a legislative and custodial responsibility to make sure that both other beach users and the environment are protected. This includes the protection of shore bird habitats and the ecological and physical integrity of the sensitive dune environment.

We want to allow the community to enjoy these natural assets in a responsible manner. Beach drivers need to do the right thing so other beach users are kept safe and our natural flora and fauna are protected.

Your permit fees assist in maintaining access points, dune rehabilitation and weed control.

Beach vehicle access points

There are currently 13 beach access points for vehicles in the MidCoast Council region. Some of these are restricted. Please see the 'Beach access for vehicles' brochure(PDF, 9MB) for detailed information.

  • Crowdy Head
  • Harrington
  • Manning Point
  • Old Bar
  • Wallabi Point - Boat launch only
  • Black Head Front Beach - Boat launch only
  • Tuncurry Nine Mile Beach
  • Sandbar Beach
  • Seal Rocks No.1 Beach - Restricted
  • Seal Rocks Boat Beach - Boat launch only
  • Hawks Nest. North of Surf Club
  • Hawks Nest. South of Surf Club - Restricted
  • Jimmys Beach - Restricted
Map showing Beach access points in the MidCoast Council area

Important beach rules

When driving on the beach, have fun but stay safe. Be mindful of the other beach users around you. If leaving your vehicle unattended, ensure it does not compromise access for other beach users.

Vehicles are not to be left on the beach above the high water mark or on the dune - always keep an eye out for weather conditions and be aware of tidal changes.

Beaches are changing environments. Access to beaches may be restricted at certain times due to safety, conservation or severe weather and environmental changes.

  • Do not access prohibited or closed beaches.
  • Whilst on the beach, 40 km/h is the maximum speed limit allowed.
  • Pedestrians have right of way.
  • Vehicles must stay at least 15 metres away from pedestrians.
  • A maximum speed of 15 km/h applies when within 100 metres of other vehicles and beach users.
  • Driving on existing tracks not only shows the safest and easiest route, they also give pedestrians an idea of vehicle passageways.
  • Vehicles must drive between the tide marks. Remain below the high tide mark and above the low tide mark.
  • Check updated weather and tidal information, as high tides leave no room for error.
  • Do not park or drive on vegetation, sand dunes, or bird nesting areas.
  • Do not allow domestic animals to roam unsupervised in the dunes or chase sea birds.
  • Vehicle paraflying is not permitted. Any other activities involving the towing of people are also not permitted.
  • Council Rangers and the NSW Police Force are authorised to enforce this policy.
  • Your access to MidCoast beaches is at your own risk.