Two weeks ago I landed in Sydney and begun my fourth big adventure down under. Over the past 3 years I have covered the East Coast of Australia in a variety of ways and have pretty much covered all the typical touristy spots.
So this time round, I decided I would dedicate my adventure time to exploring places I haven’t seen yet in order to deliver you guys some fresh content and more inspiration for your adventures over here in Australia.
Now, one of the ‘big’ bucket list adventures on the East Coast of Australia is Fraser Island. But what I want to share with you today is a pretty great alternative for those that cannot afford one of the Fraser trips or maybe don’t have the time to venture that far up the coast…
Stockton sand dunes…
P.s. If you are wandering what on earth goes on on Fraser Island, you can check out my blog post here.
Anyway back to todays adventure, you’re going to love this one…
This week, after exploring the Hunter Valley for a day, I decided to extend my adventures up the coast in NSW and explore the Newcastle / Port Stephens area. We got our hands on some incredible beaches, waters, views and a 4WD beach experience.
Here’s how to plan your adventure…
- Shoal Beach
- Mount Tomaree mini hike and lookout
- Beach lunch and ocean dips
- Stockton beach drive and Stockton sand dunes adventure
Make your way up to Newcastle…
If you can grab a car, arriving to Newcastle will require a 176km roadtrip from Sydney. On a clear day, this will take you just 2 hours. Otherwise, you can indeed catch a train from Sydney Central Station up to Newcastle for around $8 or land into Newcastle airport. But to do the adventure in this blog post, you will still need access to a car when you arrive.
Conclusion – get yourself a car! It’s kinda not the same without one.
Start the day at Shoal Beach…
Next up is the Mount Tomaree mini hike and lookout…
En route to the beach (Anna Bay bound) now you will NEED to pick up a permit to grant yourself permission to drive on the beach. It’s only $10 for a 3 day pass and that money goes to the maintenance of the dunes.
You also need to stop off at a petrol station and partially deflate your tyres in preparation for sand driving.
Beach lunch and ocean dip…
Before you begin the beach drive, head to Crest Birubi Beach where you can grab a coffee or some food over looking the beach you are about to explore. Tip: The chips here are so great.
Address for your sat nav… 73 James Paterson St, Anna Bay NSW 2316, Australia
After refreshments you can even opt for a dip in the ocean or enhance your sand experience with a camel ride in the dunes with Oakfield Ranch Camel Rides.
Stockton beach drive and Stockton sand dunes adventure…
To drive on the Worimi Conservation Land (where Stockton sand dunes are located), as mentioned previously, you will need a permit. Permits are super cheap and essential.
Once you have picked one up from the many locations in which they are available, you can freely roam the beach and drive alongside the ocean with views both out to sea and over the Stockton sand dunes. Take a picnic with you and park up along the way to enjoy it. Make sure you leave time wander into the dunes.
The Stockton beach drive stretches 19km and will allow you to drive from Anna Bay all the way down to Williamstown or vice versa.
Tip: If you’re heading back to Sydney, Anna Bay down to Williamstown is definitely the way your should do it. That way you’re heading south and in the right direction to continue back to the city!
There are of course some rules to follow and advice you should definitely take when driving on the beach, some of which include:
- a 40km speed limit
- sticking to the beach and not driving into the dunes
- deflating your tyres for beach driving
- wearing a seatbelt
Remember YOU MUST reinflate your tyres again ready for the road driving!! Particularly important if you are road tripping back down 2 hours to Sydney!
Why not extend your trip?
Book an overnight stay in Newcastle / Port Stephens and then spend the following day exploring one of Australias’ most famous wine regions – Hunter Valley.
Top tip: Book something cheap and unique on AirBnb. Get £25 off your first stay here.
Have you been to the Stockton Sand dunes?
What did you think? Do you have any tips? I’d love to know! 🙂
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Australia posts on my blog that may help you plan your next adventure:
- Planning a day trip from Sydney to the Blue Mountains
- A complete guide to budgeting for backpacking Australia
- 10 places you cannot miss on the east coast of Australia
- The ultimate guide to Byron Bay, Australia
- How to spend 3 days in Sydney, Australia
- My favourite health cafes in Australia
- Whitehaven Beach, The Whitsundays
- A guide to Noosa, Sunshine Coast
- A beginners guide to hostels, your questions answered…
- 10 reasons I prefer hostels to hotels…
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