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Beach Driving

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We are privileged to have access to amazing beaches throughout the Mid North Coast region, and many different ways to explore and enjoy them.

Our community have the opportunity to enjoy driving along nominated beaches in our region, but a beach driving permit is required. Beach drivers share the shore with other beach visitors, including children and pets. Before you purchase a permit, make sure to read and understand the rules that ensure your own safety, the safety of others, and the preservation of our environments.

Purchasing a permit

Beach driving permits can be purchased through the PayStay app. Annual Permits are valid for a year from the date of purchase, and can be purchased at anytime, anywhere!

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Download the PayStay app:

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To register:

  1. Download the PayStay app via the App Store or Google Play Store.
  2. Once downloaded, open the app and register by entering your details.
  3. Add your payment information.
  4. Add a top up amount (this will be deducted from the permit fee).
  5. Confirm your SMS security code.

To purchase a permit:

  1. On the 'Pay' page, enter the zone code that corresponds with the permit you'd like to purchase (see below).
  2. Once you've checked that all details are correct, click 'Next' and acknowledge the beach driving conditions.
  3. Review the summary, and if everything is correct, click 'Start parking' to purchase your permit.

The following permits are available for purchase:

  • 365 day permit (Zone code - 24440365): $68.00  per annum
  • 30 Day Visitors (Zone code - 24440030): $34.00 for permit period
  • Pensioner Permits:* $34.00  per annum

*Pensioner permits are valid for 365 days. Please contact our customer service on (02) 6581 8111 to organise the concession rate.

If you require assistance to purchase a permit, contact PayStay customer service on 1300 322 111, or email customerservice@paystay.com.au.


Permits can also be purchased in our area at the following locations:

Council offices

  • Port Macquarie - Cnr Lord & Burrawan Streets 
  • Laurieton - 9 Laurie Street
  • Wauchope - High Street


  • Visitor Information Centre at the Glasshouse - Cnr Clarence & Hay Streets, Port Macquarie 
  • Midcoast 4WD Centre - 25 Acacia Avenue, Port Macquarie
  • North Haven Take Away & General Store - 73 The Parade, North Haven
  • Laurieton General Store, Pawn Broker, Antiques & Collectibles - 40 Bold Street, Laurieton

Permit Conditions


Port Macquarie-Hastings, Kempsey Shire and Nambucca Valley Councils are united in our aim to preserve our beaches and provide safe enjoyment for all. Your beach driving permit is valid at nominated 4WD beaches within the Port Macquarie-Hastings, Kempsey and Nambucca Council areas.

View the map of beach entry points here.

Beaches are changing environments. Access may be restricted at times due to safety, conservation, severe weather or environmental changes. Beach driving permit holders must comply with the beach driving rules at all times. Check signage at the beach, and check weather conditions and tides before heading out. Be aware that access to beaches is at your own risk.


Beach driving permit holders must comply with the beach driving rules at all times. 

  • Stay between the low and high tide marks (where the sand is firmer) except when entering or exiting the beach.
  • Enter or exit via designated, signposted access points only. Access to beaches is subject to change due to the dynamic nature of the area. Access is prohibited outside of the areas displayed in this brochure.
  • Maximum speed limit 50km/h. Limit is 25km/h when within 100m of other vehicles or people.
  • People have right of way at all times. Vehicles must remain 15m away from people at all times.
  • Vehicles are not permitted to drive through surf patrol areas. Activities involving towing of people are prohibited.
  • NSW road rules apply. Vehicles must be registered, drivers licensed and seatbelts must be secured.
  • Keep our beaches clean and take your rubbish with you when you leave. Glass is prohibited at all times.
  • Be a licenced driver and hold a current certificate of registration for the vehicle.
  • Disabled drivers may apply for a special licence under RMS unregistered vehicles provision.
  • Display or produce the temporary permit through the PayStay app if requested by a Ranger or the Police.
  • Only the vehicle nominated on the permit can access and drive on the beach.
  • Operating a vehicle on the vegetated dune of any beach.
  • Driving on any beach (except at boat launching sites) without a current beach driving permit.
  • Driving in restricted or prohibited areas.

All beach driving rules and regulations are enforced, as per the Local Government Act 1993. The penalty for offences is a $110 on the spot fine with a maximum penalty of up to $1100.

Port Macquarie Hastings Council reserves the right to withdraw the beach driving permit from vehicles found in breach of the Act or Policy. 


This page was last updated on: 06 July 2021