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

In person

You can buy a permit at the following places:

Crescent Head

Crescent Head Holiday Park

Pacific Street, Crescent Head

Phone 6566 0261

Grassy Head

Grassy Head Holiday Park

Reserve Road, Grassy Head

Phone 6569 0742

Hat Head

Hat Head Holiday Park

Straight Street, Hat Head

Phone 6567 7501


Kempsey Shire Council Customer Service

22 Tozer Street

West Kempsey

Phone 6566 3200

South West Rocks

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

Stuarts Point Holiday Park

Marine Parade, Stuarts Point

Phone 6569 0616


Download an application form below and email your completed form to

Fees from 1 July 2022

 Type of permit Cost
Amateur $70

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.