Recreational Riding your Quad/ATV
We take a look at what to do to get conditionally registered to ride your quad on the beach at the premier recreational quad location in the country.
Stockton Beach is the ATV/Quadbike playground capital of Australia. Just 2 hours north of Sydney via the freeway, this huge expanse of sand dune area is open for camping and ATV riding (and 4x4 Cars).
Seeing the dunes of Stockton Beach for the first time is a real delight - you know it doesn't get much better than this.
The dunes are enormous, very steep and quite thrilling! Many are so steep that you have no hope of climbing up but have to carefully navigate across and down then up the more gentler ones.
Weekends can be very hectic, especially with clubs conducting sand driving courses. These clubs bring large numbers of students and they traverse the dunes in convoy, stopping to snatch one another out of a soft spot or to wait for the convoy to catch up. Take care when around others. There is a great camp site with water, shady trees and protection but if its a club weekend you probably wont get a spot to yourself.
Recreational Vehicle Area permits
All RTA conditionally registered vehicles will require a Worimi Conservation Lands Recreational Vehicle Area Permit to enable access into 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 permit access to areas outside the RVA in Worimi Conservation Lands. If you are transporting your recreational vehicle via another vehicle, you will also require a Beach Vehicle Permit to cover your 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. Its easy to get the RTA Certificate, click here to dowload PDF application to take into the RTA, and tell them you only want a conditional permit for Stockton Beach only.
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.
This means the area where people can ride conditionally registered quad bikes, motor bikes and other recreational vehicles increased by 48%. The RVA retains 4kms of beachfront south of Lavis Lane to the 'Sygna Wreck', and now includes the high dune area south-west of the Lavis Lane entrance.
Once you have a conditional RTA permit, you will need a Recreational Vehicle Area Permits
- RVA Annual Permit
$30.00 Entitles 12 months' vehicle access to the Recreational Vehicle Area of the Worimi Conservation Lands
- 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 your permits
You can buy these permits at the following outlets:
Birubi Beach Service Station, Anna Bay
Tackle Power, Sandgate
Birubi Beach Holiday Park, Birubi
Out of Town 4wd, Barnsley
Mobil, Salt Ash
Port Stephens Visitor Centre, Nelson Bay
Medowie Tyre and Auto, Medowie
Metro Service Station, Lavis Lane, Williamtown.
Permits can also be purchased in person at the NPWS Hunter Region office, or over the phone with a credit card by telephoning (02) 4984 8200. Please allow seven working days for your pass to be mailed out to you.
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.
- Sooks may be asked to leave the area.
Documents to download
Be smart, be safe. Deflate your tyres for sand driving. Be prepared for soft sand and beach erosion.
Always re-adjust tyres for road driving. Carry a pump or air compressor and tyre gauge.
Avoid sharp turns and sudden braking.