Stockton Beach Sand Dunes
Stockton Beach Sand Dunes

Stockton Beach Sand Dunes

Free admission
Worimi Conservation Lands, New South Wales, 2318

The basics

The Stockton Sand Dunes are constantly shifting, and cover an area of around 10,300 acres (4,200 hectares). As well as adventures on the dunes themselves, travelers can enjoy fishing off the beach, scuba diving, exploring the rock pools, and looking out for the remains of shipwrecks that often wash up, as many ships have gotten into trouble here over the years. Many travelers take a sandboarding or vehicle tour of the dunes while staying in and around Newcastle, although tours can be taken from Sydney, too.

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Port Stephens 4WD Beach Sand Dune Adventure
Port Stephens 4WD Beach Sand Dune Adventure
$34.19 per adult
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We were with the 10am tour. Felt like we 6 people own the whole desert. Our tour guide's very friendly and structful. Will for sure recommemd 4WD Tour to our friends.
Jingran_L, Jan 2023

Things to know before you go

  • If you want to drive on the dunes in your own quad bike or four-wheel drive you’ll need a permit from the Worimi Conservation Lands.
  • As the dunes are on Aboriginal-administered conservation lands, many guides are Indigenous Australians.
  • Take care when swimming at the beach as it is not usually patrolled by lifesavers.
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How to get there

The dunes are just north of the city of Newcastle, about 2.5 hours’ drive or train journey north of Sydney. It takes about 30-45 minutes to drive from Newcastle to the sand dunes. Unless you’re on a guided tour, you’ll need your own vehicle to get all the way there.

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When to get there

The Stockton Sand Dunes are best enjoyed during the day when the weather is good, so try to visit when there’s little-to-no rain or wind. If you’d like to swim in the sea or lounge on the beach, the warmer months (November-March) are best. Sunsets at the dunes are beautiful.

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Port Stephens Dolphin Cruises

Port Stephens is a great place to go dolphin and whale watching, as around 140 bottlenose dolphins live in the area, and humpback whales pass by during their migration season. These depart from Nelson Bay, northeast of the Stockton Sand Dunes and on the other side of the Tomaree National Park.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Stockton Beach Sand Dunes?
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