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Stockton Beach



Stockton Beach is a 32 kilometres long beach which backs onto a large area of sand dunes, all contained within the Worimi Conservation Lands. Located north of the Hunter River it stretches from Stockton to Anna Bay. The length of the beach, its generally hard surface and numerous items of interest along the beach make it popular with four-wheel drive (4WD) enthusiasts. Four-wheel drive vehicles are permitted to drive on Stockton Beach provided the vehicle is in possession of a valid permit. The beach is also popular with fisherman and several different varieties of fish may be caught.

Detailed Guide

Location and Access

Found just north of Newcastle, 4wd access to the beach and dunes can be found at several points. One main entrance is at the end of Lavis Lane (Map). At the Northern end of the beach it is possible to drive in from Gan Gan Road right near the shops in Anna Bay (Map). There are probably numerous access point to the large recreational area.

4WD entrance to the area is conditional on having a permit. Permits can be easily purchased at the local service stations (either in Anna Bay, or at service stations along Nelson Bay road etc). Permits cost $10 for 3 days, or $30 for a year pass. The permits are per vehicle, not per person.



The whole area is well renowned as an offroad playground for 4WD vehicles, Dirt bikes and Quad Bikes.


Fishing is a popular activity right along the beach.


Camping is allowed anywhere with 100m of the hightide line.

Surf Beach Activities

Swimming, Surfing, Body boarding, Windsurfing and Kite Surfing are all possible in the surf.


Camping is allowed within an area 100m inland from the high tide mark, and is free. Camp fires are allowed, although you will need to bring your own wood. Toilets are not present, so you will need to provide your own facilities and dispose of your waste outside of the park.



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