On the Sand Dunes
A Coastal Desert Wilderness
• Worimi Conservation Lands (Stockton Bight Sand Dunes) covers an area of 4,200 hectares at Stockton Bight. While the park landscape is most well known for the 32 kilometre long beach and mobile sand dunes which climb up to 40 metres high, it also includes over 1800 hectares of forest. Beyond the beach front, the swale areas are dotted with ephemeral wetland areas.
• Located only 10 minutes from the centre of Nelson Bay, it is the largest sand dune system in Australia. Explore in modern, comfortable off-road vehicles into the Sand Dunes. Bookings can be made by clicking here.
• While the Worimi Conservation Lands are a popular spot with locals and visitors, it is so much more than just a beach, brilliant white sand stretches to the shipwreck of the Sygna, home to ‘Tin City’ a collection of fishing shacks and a number of World War II relics including 3,000 concrete pyramid tank traps. There is a whole lot more to these lands than first meets the eye. The lands are part of an important cultural landscape with special significance for the Worimi people—the Aboriginal cultural connections to these lands has always been strong and continues today. The lands also provide habitat for a variety of plants and animals, while showcasing the remnants of a rich historic past.
Stockton Bight has a special cultural significance to the Worimi people because it contains a large amount of cultural history. The land and waters have been used for many thousands of years for living, the gathering of foods and the continuation of cultural activities. The area remains important for the Worimi people and traditional sites provide important information about their relationship and special connection with the lands. The landscape includes an extraordinary number of Aboriginal cultural sites that pre-date the arrival of non-Aboriginal people to the area. Traditional occupation sites recorded at Stockton Bight include burials, campsites and middens. Aboriginal cultural connections with these lands have always been strong and continue today.
• Entry to the dunes is best from Anna Bay or Williamtown and you can explore by foot, 4WD, quad bike, horse or camel.
You will require a Worimi Conservation Lands Beach Vehicle Permit to drive in the sand dunes. All vehicles must be registered and please read this important information. Download a map of the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes.