Registered 4 Wheel Drives are allowed in Belmont Wetlands State Park for 4WD Access to Nine Mile Beach. All vehicles must display a current permit in the upper left hand corner of the windscreen and below the tint area for easy identification.
As at 26/2/2019.
hOW TO APPLY
You can either download and apply online or visit one of the below local outlets to apply in person. A current drivers licence and vehicle registration is required.
new permit application
To apply for an permit online please download, complete and submit via email to email@example.com or mail to Belmont Wetlands State Park. Box 7151, Redhead NSW 2290.
Please allow 7 days for your beach permit to be mailed.
Replacement Beach Permit
If you have new registration plates and wish to transfer your permit or have had your permit damaged please complete the following form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
APPLY IN PERSON at outlets
Visit one of the below local outlets to apply in person. A current drivers licence and vehicle registration is required.
On-the-spot fines of $220 apply if conditions are not respected.
Beach Access Channel: UHF 21
PO Box 7151, Redhead NSW 2290
Police, Fire, Ambulance Dial 000
Report Illegal Dumping (RID)
Hotline 131 555
Feedback, Beach Permits and Compliance
0428 101 667
Volunteers and Community Events
0429 267 234
In case of emergency/Fire: 000
All vehicle users must comply with the FOLLOWING Guideline conditions:
All vehicles must comply with NSW Road regulations as well as all regulations outlined in the Permit Guidelines, including speed limits, blood alcohol limits and licensing of drivers.
4WDs need to take particular care for pedestrians, dogs and children within the Park, especially around sand dunes where families walk and picnic. Locked gates, blocked walkways and signage must be complied with.
Please remember to lower your tire pressure for sand driving and carry appropriate recovery equipment. Vehicle recovery is your responsibility and cost. Take care of rising tides and avoid submerging your vehicle.
All vehicles need to stay off regenerating sand dune and bushland areas. Sand Dunes are highly sensitive environments. Stay on cleared tracks and do not drive into vegetated areas or make new tracks.
guidelines & CODE OF CONDUCT
As at 26/2/2019
BEACH DRIVING PERMITS
This sticker must be fixed in the upper left-hand
corner of your front windscreen, away from tinted
You must purchase and affix a current beach driving
permit to your vehicle to avoid being fined.
You must also complete an application to obtain a beach
permit for 4WD access to Nine Mile Beach, these can
be obtained from several local agents, or you can apply
online via www.belmontwetlands.com.au but please
allow seven days for mail delays.
You may purchase one of the following beach permits:
• 7 days (from date of purchase) $33
• 1 month (from date of purchase) $44
• Valid to 1.3.20 (from date of purchase) $88
or pensioners $44
When you apply for your beach permit you are required
to read and agree to the ‘Guidelines for Access and Use
of Nine Mile Beach, Belmont NSW, by 4WD Vehicles’.
You should keep your copy of these ‘Guidelines’ in your
Failure to comply with the guidelines is an offence
punishable under NSW State law with on the spot fines
of up to $220 being issued by BWSP rangers or NSW
Police officers. Penalties will apply if you haven’t followed
It is an offence to drive on Nine Mile Beach between
Council signs without a current beach permit.
It is an offence not to display the beach
permit on your windscreen.
Beach permits are not valid on land owned or
managed by Lake Macquarie City Council,
Belmont Golf Club or Hunter Water Corporation.
DRIVING ON THE BEACH
• NSW road rules apply:
i. Drivers must be licensed;
ii. Seat belts must be worn;
iii. Vehicles must be registered; and
iv. Drivers must not be under the influence of
drugs or alcohol.
• Pedestrians have right of way at all times.
• Speed limits are enforceable:
- 30km/h (unless within 30m of pedestrians) or
- 15km/h within 30m of pedestrians.
• Vehicles should stay 5m away from other vehicles.
• Drive with care to avoid bogging, rolling and
• Reduce tire pressure to 12psi.
• No driving on vegetation in restricted areas.
No parking or camping on sand dunes
• Vehicles should only be driven on designated BWSP
access tracks and beach. Do not stray onto Lake
Macquarie City Council land. Refer to map on the back
of these ‘Guidelines’.
• Don’t park within 20m of access points to the
beach or along the tracks.
• Do not drive in a dangerous manner on the beach
or access roads.
• Exercise a high level of caution at all times. You are
responsible for your own safety and that of your group.
Hazards include, but are not limited to: unpatrolled
ocean beach, very soft sand, water hazards and
snakes. Always carry water, a mobile phone, first aid
kit and recovery gear.
• Enter and exit at designated access points only:
- Kalaroo Road, Belmont North
- Beach Street/Ocean Park Road Belmont South
- and Awabakal Ave, Blacksmiths.
SAND DUNES AND BEACH
This beach permit system is to support responsible
4WD access and safe use of the Nine Mile Beach
front and hind dunes between Redhead and
Blacksmiths. It also aims to encourage visitors
awareness and protection of native vegetation along
the dunes. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Access to the beach has been improved and well
defined tracks have been developed. Please only use
the three access routes to the beach and do not make
or use any other tracks. This will reduce damage to
the vegetation and dunes.
Please always consider the protection of plants and
animals and the safety of other beach users.
• No parking or camping on sand dunes or vegetation.
• BWSP LMB reserves the right to close access to
the beach in the event of heavy seas, beach debris
and storm damage or if considered essential.
• In the event of bush fire, users should listen to
emergency broadcasts on ABC.
RESPECT FOR OTHERS
AND THE BEACH
If camping, please bring your own firewood
(NO pallets) and fire-pit. We suggest you bring a
• Take all ashes, wood and waste (glass, cans
and rubbish) with you when leaving. Some
waste skip bins are located at the site compound.
• Keep your dogs and horses under control and
clean up after them. Horses require pre-registration
(see website: www.belmontwetlands.com.au).
• Report damage to park infrastructure and unlawful
behaviour to Police Assistance Line on 131 444 or
crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.
local permit outlets
Caltex Star Mart Swansea
126 Pacific Highway,
Metro Petroleum Redhead
100 Collier St
BRS Off-Road Pty Ltd
Unit 2, 40-42 Kalaroo Road, Redhead
Blacksmith's Home Hardware
Cnr Pacific Highway
& Turea St
Belmont Golf Club
801 Pacific Hwy
Marks Point NSW
Tackle Power Charlestown
87 Pacific Hwy
Charlestown NSW 2290
Caltex Star Mart Lake Munmorah
1135 Pacific Hwy, Lake Munmorah NSW 2259
Opens 6AM to 8pm / 7 days
Phone: (02) 4358 8198
Medco Service Centre, Windale
4 Lake St, Windale NSW 2306
Phone: 02 4358 8198
- What penalties apply? Penalties of $220 will apply for vehicles not displaying a current permit sticker, driving contrary to the regulations, driving in an area from which vehicles are excluded, breaking NSW road rules including driving in a dangerous manner, damaging native vegetation and illegal dumping.
- Who can enforce these laws? BWSP Land Manager Board (LMB) rangers, Roads & Maritime Services, Police
- What is the process for getting a permit?
1. Complete an application and vehicle registration
2. Making the appropriate payment
3. Display the current beach permit
- Can motor bikes and quads get a permit? No. Motor bikes and unregistered vehicles have never been allowed in the State Park.
- Who does the money go to? Permit revenue will be retained by BWSPT to fund a Ranger who will be present on the beach and dune areas to encourage beneficial use of the area and to enforce infringements if necessary. Fines will be paid to the Revenue NSW Office.
- Exemptions: Awabakal descendants are welcome to apply for exemption on application with proof of certificate of membership with a completed beach permit application. These applications must be submitted to BWSP and are not available at permit outlets.
- Why a permit system? The permit system has been introduced to support responsible off-road vehicle access and use along Nine Mile Beach between Redhead and Blacksmiths. This system is designed to encourage the environmental awareness of the users of the beach. The beach front is a wonderful natural resource. The beach and the dunes behind the beach are always changing due to the forces of nature. The sand dunes are an important part of the beach ecosystem. The dunes and the vegetation they support are effected by waves, wind and easily damaged by human activity. Access to the beach has been improved and a well-defined trail has been developed. Please only use the two access routes to the beach and do not make or use any other tracks to ensure no more damage is done to the vegetation and dunes. Fines apply under the permit system if found driving along these tracks. Please always consider the protection of plants and animals and the safety of other beach users. Ensure the safe use of the beach by yourself and other recreational users.