Beach driving permits

Beach driving is a popular activity in Kempsey Shire. A permit is required to take your vehicle onto approved driving beaches.

Permits are valid in the Kempsey, Port Macquarie-Hastings and Nambucca shires.

Getting a permit

You can buy a permit from:

  • Kempsey Shire Council’s Customer Service centre at 22 Tozer Street, West Kempsey
  • Macleay Valley Coast Holiday Parks at Crescent Head, Grassy Head, Hat Head, Horseshoe Bay and Stuarts Point
  • Rocks Marine Bait and Tackle, 25 Memorial Avenue, South West Rocks
  • Outdoor Adventure South West Rocks, 100 Gregory Street, South West Rocks

Alternatively, you can download an application and email your completed form to

2021-22 fees



 Amateur $68

Amateur – Pensioner concession (generally Gold or Blue Card)


Amateur – 14-day permit




Professional – per additional vehicle


Permit conditions

Our Vehicles on Beaches brochure(PDF, 2MB) provides maps of where you can take your vehicle and sets out the rules you must follow as a permit holder.