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We have many unpatrolled beaches that allow four wheel driving as long as you have a valid beach driving permit.
Annual (365 days) or 30 day permits are purchased using the PayStay App or website, and pensioner permits can be purchased by visiting one of our customer service centres or the Glasshouse Visitor Information Centre. All permits are valid from the date of purchase on nominated 4WD beaches within Port Macquarie-Hastings, Kempsey and Nambucca Council areas.
Download from Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
Once downloaded, open the app and register by entering your details. Add your payment information and add a top up amount. This will be deducted from the permit fee.
Confirm your SMS security code.
On the 'Pay' page, enter the zone code that corresponds with the permit you'd like to purchase:
Check all details are correct, click 'Next' and acknowledge the beach driving conditions. Review the summary and click 'Start Parking' to purchase your permit.
If you require assistance to purchase a permit, contact PayStay customer service on 1300 322 111, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can only purchase pensioner permits at one of our customer service centres, or at the Glasshouse. For 30 day or annual permits, please use the PayStay app or visit their website.
Glasshouse visitor information centre
All beach permits can be purchased at the following locations:
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.
Note: Pensioner permits are not available via the PayStay app. Please visit or contact our customer service team to organise the concession rate.
There are eight access points across five beaches in our area.
View the beach access map(PDF, 969KB) to check where these are.
As beaches are changing environments, access may be restricted at times due to safety, conservation, severe weather or environmental changes.