Driving on Beaches

A community unlike any other

Explore inspiring articles, discover events, connect with locals and learn more about Coffs Harbour City Council.

DA

Online DAs only from January 1

The NSW Government has mandated that all Development Applications lodged with us must be through the NSW Online Planning Portal from 1 January 2021 ...

Read more
Swim Between The Flags

Swim Between The Flags

Stay safe at the beach this summer by swimming between the red and yellow flags at patrolled beaches...

Read more
Bushfire Revocery

Bushfire Recovery Portal

Council have created the bushfire recovery portal to ensure that the recovery process is as simple and clear as possible...

Read more
View all news

Latest News

New Pools

Community Engagement Results in Stunning New Pool Designs for Woolgoolga and Sawtell

Following extensive community engagement we are proud to unveil the detailed concept designs for the upgrade of Woolgoolga and Sawtell Swimming Pools...

Read more
Jetty Carpark Upgrade

A Fresh Green Look for the North Wall Car Park

North Wall public car park is being relocated, reconfigured and upgraded to reclaim recreation space for the community, provide more car parks and improve accessibility...

Read more
Flood Study

Local Knowledge Needed for Flood Study

The experience and knowledge of local flooding events in the Northern Beaches is being sought from residents for a Flood Study of coastal catchments...

Read more
Visit Coffs Newsroom

Driving on Beaches

Driving on the beach

At the meeting of 23 April 2020 Council adopted the Vehicles on Beaches Policy. Permitted 4WD access on beaches zones may be viewed on the online mapping tool

The Vehicles on Beaches layer in our online mapping tool can be found in the General Enquiry module just under the dogs - restrictions layer.

Vehicles are permitted on the following beaches: 

  • North Beach (access from Bellingen LGA)

  • Boambee Beach 

  • Woolgoolga Back Beach 

  • Station Creek Beach (Yuraygir National Park)

Vehicles are permitted to launch and retrieve boats, but not park on the following beaches*.

  • Pebbly Beach (Yuraygir National Park)
  • Woolgoolga Beach
  • Emerald Beach
Vehicles are permitted to launch and retrieve boats and park on the following beaches*.

  • Arrawarra Beach
  • Sandy Beach
  • Sawtell Beach
*See online mapping tool for designated launching zones.

Guidelines

  1. Vehicles must use officially constructed beach access track when entering and exiting the beach.

2. Vehicles are to drive below the high tide mark whenever possible and, during high tide, drive as close to the high tide mark as possible.

3. Driving on dunal areas is strictly prohibited.

4. The maximum vehicle speed is 25 km/h within 100 metres of pedestrians and beach users and 50 km/h at other times.

5. Vehicles accessing beaches must be registered and their drivers must hold a valid driver's licence. Laws relating to drug and alcohol use on NSW roads are applicable to beaches in the Coffs Harbour LGA.

6. Vehicles using designated beaches must park responsibly away from dunes, vegetation or threatened species areas.

7. Enquiries regarding vehicle access on non-designated beaches for a special purpose should be directed to Council's Strategic Asset Management Group, in writing.

8. Commercial fishing may access non-designated beaches only in accordance with their designated permit conditions.

8. Ultra-light aircraft and motorised hang gliders are prohibited on all beaches within Coffs Harbour City area.

Commercial Fishers

1. 4WD Vehicles are permitted on beaches within the Coffs Harbour LGA, as defined by way of maps in Section 9 to the Vehicles on Beaches Policy.

2. Commercial Fishers are permitted to access beaches in accordance with the Fisheries

Management Act 1994 and Regulations, and the management rules of the Solitary Islands Marine Park.

3. Vehicles must access via designated access points and abide by the Guidelines for 4WD users.

Other

Council and other government agencies may close 4WD vehicle access to beaches inn carrying out functions such as beach management, emergency management, monitoring of wildlife, safety and general operations as required.

Council also reserves the right to close a beach when there are known sea turtle nests or bird nests where vehicles may impact the nests. Beach users are encouraged to report sighting of shorebird nesting and marine turtles to National Parks and Wildlife Services 02 6650 2900

To report illegal driving on beaches, or bad behaviour please use the Snap Send Solve app.