Beach driving permits

Beach driving is a popular activity in Kempsey Shire.

You'll need a permit to take your vehicle onto any of the local approved driving beaches.

This permit will be valid in the Kempsey, Port Macquarie-Hastings and Nambucca shires. 

Where can I buy a beach driving permit?

In person

You can buy a permit at the places below:

Crescent Head Holiday Park

Pacific Street, Crescent Head

Phone 6566 0261

Grassy Head Holiday Park

Reserve Road, Grassy Head

Phone 6569 0742

Hat Head Holiday Park

Straight Street, Hat Head

Phone 6567 7501

Kempsey Shire Council Customer Service

22 Tozer Street

West Kempsey

Phone 6566 3200

Horseshoe Bay Holiday Park

1 Livingstone Street, South West Rocks

Phone 6566 6370

Outdoor Adventure South West Rocks

100 Gregory Street, South West Rocks

Phone 6566 5555

Rocks Marine Bait and Tackle

25 Memorial Avenue, South West Rocks

Phone 6566 6726

Stuarts Point Holiday Park

Marine Parade, Stuarts Point

Phone 6569 0616



Download an application form below and email your completed form to, or drop it in to Kempsey Shire Customer Service, 22 Tozer St, West Kempsey



How much does a Beach Driving Permit cost?

Fees from 1 July 2023

Type of permit Cost
Amateur $80

Amateur – Pensioner concession (generally Gold or Blue Card)


Amateur – 30-day permit




Professional – per additional vehicle



Permit conditions

Our Vehicles on Beaches brochure(PDF, 2MB) has maps showing where you can take your vehicle and explains the rules you'll need to follow as a permit holder.