Nature conservation

Protected areas

Worimi Conservation Lands - beach driving

There are two vehicle permits available for the Worimi Conservation Lands (WCL): a Beach Vehicle Permit for 4WD access to Stockton Beach and a Recreational Vehicle Area Permit enabling RTA conditionally registered vehicles to access the recreational vehicle area of the WCL. 

Note: there may be access restrictions in place affecting visitors. Please check camping closures and  current beach driving conditions when planning your visit.

Beach vehicle permits

Worimi Conservation Lands Beach Vehicle Permit is required for vehicle entry and beach driving at Stockton Beach in the Worimi Conservation Lands.

These permits replace the previous Port Stephens Council Stockton Beach Vehicle Permits. They do not cover vehicle entry into any other national park or council reserve.

NPWS annual passes are not valid for this park

Revenue from the permit is used to maintain facilities in Worimi Conservation Lands, and to improve public access, visitor information and pest control programs.

NPWS pensioner discount

To obtain your pensioner discount, you must show a current NSW Certificate of Registration for your nominated vehicle, to which the RTA has applied the pensioner discount.

Please note: the permit can only be used on the nominated vehicle as specified on the permit. It is not transferable to any other vehicle and cannot be altered.

Recreational vehicle area permits

All RTA conditionally registered vehicles require a Worimi Conservation Lands Recreational Vehicle Area Permit to access the recreational vehicle area (RVA) in the Worimi Conservation Lands. Unregistered vehicles are not to be taken, driven or ridden into the RVA or any other area in the Worimi Conservation Lands.

RTA conditionally registered vehicles are quad bikes, motorbikes and other recreational vehicles. The RTA conditional registration must be endorsed for the Stockton Beach RVA.

RVA permits do not allow access to areas outside the RVA in Worimi Conservation Lands. Refer to the map (see the link at the bottom of this page) for the location of the recreational vehicle area. If you are transporting your recreational vehicle via another vehicle, you will also require a beach vehicle permit to cover that vehicle.

To obtain your Worimi Conservation Lands RVA Permit you must show a current RTA Certificate of Conditional Registration endorsed for the Stockton Beach RVA.

In late 2007 the RVA was amended to enhance public safety and the protection of natural and cultural values. This change also provides increased recreational opportunities for RV operators.

It meant the area people can ride conditionally registered quad bikes, motor bikes and other recreational vehicles was increased by 48%. The RVA retains 4km of beachfront south of Lavis Lane to the 'Sygna Wreck', including the high dune area south-west of the Lavis Lane entrance.

Choose a permit that best suits your needs   
 Beach vehicle permits  Recreational vehicle area permits
 Annual permit

$30.00 ($15 NSW pensioner concession)

Entitles 12 months' vehicle access to Stockton Beach in the Worimi Conservation Lands

 RVA annual permit

$30.00

Entitles 12 months' vehicle access to the Recreational Vehicle Area of the Worimi Conservation Lands

 Three-day permit

$10.00

Entitles three days' vehicle access to Stockton Beach in the Worimi Conservation Lands — perfect for a weekend visit!

 RVA three-day permit

$10.00

Entitles three days' vehicle access to the Recreational Vehicle Area of the Worimi Conservation Lands — perfect for a weekend visit!

Where you can buy permits

You can buy these permits at the following outlets:

Caring for the Worimi Conservation Lands

Please help conserve our natural and cultural heritage:

  • all flora, fauna, Aboriginal sites and historic sites in the Worimi Conservation Lands are protected
  • no vehicles are permitted on vegetation, Aboriginal middens or shell accumulations
  • wildfires can destroy lives and property, so observe all the fire bans and guard against fire risk, especially during the bushfire danger period (September to March)
  • dogs are permitted on lead while on the beach front
  • no firearms or other weapons are permitted
  • take your rubbish with you
  • horseriding is permitted in the Worimi Conservation Lands.

Further information

Documents to download

Page last updated: 26 February 2013