Beach & Park Permits
Mid Coast Council Beach access permits.
Hawks Nest Newsagency is the only store in town where you can pick up your permit which will allow you to drive on Bennett’s Beach.
Mid Coast Council operates a permit system covering Bennett’s Beach north of the Hawks Nest Surf Life Saving club house up to the border with Myall Lakes National Park which is marked as the 4WD beach access known as Lemon Tree.
MCC permit has an annual cost of $60 which covers the period from July to June each year regardless when it is purchased. A 30 day permit is also available for $40. Visitors wishing to drive on Jimmy’s Beach are reminded that this is a restricted access beach and as such a Restricted Access (RA) permit is required. These can be obtained from the Mid Coast Council office next to the visitor information centre on Myall Street Tea Gardens.
The MCC permit also allows access to selected beaches in the Mid Coast council area’s.
National Parks Permits
All NSW National Parks permits are available from the Hawks Nest Newsagency.
A single park day pass will allow you to access the Myall Lakes National Park for only $8. This day pass allows you 24 hour access from time of purchase.
An annual single park pass will cost $22 and is valid for a full year from the date of issue.
Other passes are also available:
Country Park Pass $45
This allows you access into all country parks excluding Kosciusko National Park
Multi Park Pass $65
This pass allows access to all NSW National parks excluding Kosciusko National Park
All Park Pass $190
This allows access to all national parks in New South Wales
From time to time Mother Nature has her way and makes the beaches unsafe for driving so please ensure you adhere to any signs which may have been erected by either Mid Coast Council or NSW National Parks. These have been erected for a reason. As telephone reception on some parts of the beach is very poor one needs to understand the dangers. Finally the NRMA does not pull you off the beach if you get bogged.
Please avoid driving over the dunes as this is an area often used as a breeding area for unique and endangered birdlife.