No beach driving or camping at Samurai Beach and Worimi Conservation Lands

Temporary measures in place as of 26 March 2020.

Oystercatchers, birds on the beach, Worimi Conservation Lands

The National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) has temporarily closed beach-vehicle driving at Samurai Beach and Worimi Conservation Land’s (WCL) beachfront north of Newcastle as part of the state’s COVID-19 response.

The move is in line with state-wide closures of all NPWS campgrounds and some high-use day visitor areas in national parks across NSW.

The bans and closures are in response to tighter Australian and NSW Government health directives on social distancing and non-essential travel to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in the wider community, and to support social distancing to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

The ban includes prohibiting vehicles from accessing the beach and people camping on Samurai Beach and Worimi Conservation Lands, including the Ganyamalbaa Camping Area. Vehicles are also banned from the designated Recreational Vehicle Area. The ban takes effect from Thursday 26 March 2020 until further notice.

All visitors with camping bookings impacted by the closures will be contacted to arrange full refunds.

For a full list of impacted High Visitation Areas please visit COVID-19 update

Both Samurai and Worimi Conservation Lands beaches remain open to the public and people can access the beach by walking.

All roads through national parks remain open. Most walking tracks and trails will also remain open and visitors should observe necessary social distancing with others while using pathways and other facilities to maximise their safety.

Check websites for updates

As this is a rapidly changing situation, we ask visitors to check our website regularly for updates COVID-19 update.

For more information about COVID-19 in NSW and how to protect yourself and the community, please visit the NSW Health website.

For further information or updates about NSW National Park closures visit National Parks and Wildlife Service or for Worimi Conservation Lands visit Worimi Conservation Lands