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Four-wheel driving can be a great way to enjoy our beaches.
Obtaining a MidCoast Council 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.
Please note: National Parks and Wildlife passes do not allow you to drive on beaches - a beach permit still needs to be purchased.
To buy a beach vehicle access permit:
(Please note: not all permit types are available from all locations).
There are currently 15 beach access points for vehicles in the MidCoast Council region. Some of these are restricted, and some offer boat launch facilities only. Please see the 'Beach access for vehicles' brochure(PDF, 1MB) for detailed information.
The following options and fees relate to the 2022/23 financial year.
Please note: not all permit types are available from all locations.
Eligibility criteria for a Restricted Permit is a Doctors Certificate issued within the last 30 days (at time of application) verifying limited mobility. This certificate will be valid for 2 years but must be produced for validation when applying for a Restricted Permit in the second year.
Restricted Permits can ONLY be bought from a Council Customer Service Centre.
Replacement labels cost $20.00 for all permit types.
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.
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.
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 licence applicable to the vehicle they are driving.
View and download the 'Beach access for vehicles' brochure(PDF, 1MB)
If you need help with buying a beach vehicle permit, please contact our Customer Service Team on 02 7955 7777.
Please refer to our Share the Shore environmental project page to read more how you can help protect Shorebirds while driving at Manning Point and Old Bar/Farquhar Inlet.