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 20/12/2019.
hOW TO APPLY
To apply for a BWSP Permit online right now please download, complete the Beach Permit Application Form and submit it via email to email@example.com
Alternatively you can post your completed form to;
Belmont Wetlands State Park.
Redhead New South Wales 2290
Please allow 7 days for your beach permit to be mailed.
Beach Permits are also currently available over the counter at the outlets listed below. A current drivers licence and vehicle registration is required for purchase.
new permit application
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, Speed Cameras May Be In Use at the Park
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.
Park visitor guidelines
AnnualAs at 20/12/2019
BEACH DRIVING PERMITS
You should keep your copy of these ‘Guidelines’ in your vehicle.
pENALTIES & FINES
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 & BEACH PRESERVATION
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 & THE BEACH
If camping, please bring your own firewood
(NO pallets) and fire-pit. We suggest you bring a portable toilet. Be sure that you dispose of your waste in an approved waste facility. Dumping of any kind of waste at the Park is damaging to the environment & unhealthy for visitors like you. We take dumping very seriously at B.W.S.P. Be warned that SEVERE penalties can be issued on the spot.
• 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 on a leash or tethered when in the Park, horses too must be kept under control & please and clean up after them. Horses also require pre-registration (see website: www.belmontwetlands.com.au).
As stated above, the dumping of any kind of waste (animal, human or rubbish) at the Park is damaging to the environment & unhealthy for visitors like you. We do take dumping very seriously and SEVERE penalties can be issued on the spot for failing to comply with Park Rules and Regulations.
• 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.