Stockton Beach Area

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 14:59
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We are heading up that way late Feb for a week and has anyone any up to date info? We have not been there before but have had plenty of sand and beach driving experience as well as all our own recovery gear. We will probably stay at Anna Bay but am open for better suggestions. Is Bush camping available? I have printed out the trip notes from this site and they are pretty good but a little extra info is always handy.

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Reply By: Member - Mozza (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 16:14

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 16:14
madcow.. what exactly do you want to know?
permits? access points to beach? etc...
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Follow Up By: madcow - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 07:35

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 07:35
Just things to see as well as access points. We will be on our own but half the fun is meeting and exploring with others in the same boat.

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Follow Up By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 07:44

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 07:44
madcow

If you are on your own at Stockton - make darn sure that you have some decent range on your UHF..... venturing on to the dunes at the back of the beach by yourself is, well, .... just have your radio ready. :)

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Follow Up By: Member - Mozza (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 07:58

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 07:58
For easy access use Anna Bay entry/exit. it's well signposted. and has good open areas top inflate/deflate tyres. tyre pressure is vital... should be bout 16psi and you'll be fine all day. although you can get on and off without letting your tyres down. what kind of vehicle you have? if your are on your own.. take your UHF! and/or a shovel! Definately go to Tin City & the Signa!
I was up there on Aus Day.. lots of people.. steer away from Lovis Lane on a busy day (most sunday arvo's).. too many people get bogged.. can take hours to get off the beach!.. and that's no joke!..
you'll have heaps of fun.. good swimming beach up to the northern end (Birubi). if you have kids, throw the boogie boards in for use in sliding down the dunes! good fun!! let me know if you need any more info.
in regards to accomodation... anna bay caravan park is normally VERY busy around holidays/long weekends... also try One Mile Beach caravan Park.. and there is also a camping ground near there.. can't quite remember the name.. could be Meleluca Camping grounds/.. looks good.. will be checking it out next time i'm up there.!
but if you wanted to go into apartment style accomodation... there are literally 1000's of places to stay at in and around the Bay>!
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Reply By: DrewT - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 17:09

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 17:09
see post 19751 where i got some good feedback about accn in Port Stephens area.

(i'm heading up for the week after Easter so am also interested on what feed back you get to this post)
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Reply By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 18:52

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 18:52
Madcaw (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy)

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Our club was up at Stockton just a couple of weekends ago. It's been dry... and the sand is soft. If you've never been on Stockton sand before (even if you are experienced sand drivers) then let your pressure down even further than normal. I was running 14psi front and rear and still that was too high (245/75-16 Cooper ST's). Stockton sand - especially on the dunes is waayyyyy softer than, say, most of Fraser (I said MOST).

If you're looking for "bush" camping, well, there really is none - in the "bush" sense that is. You might be lucky and get a spot along the access route from the Lavis Lane entrance down to the beach. There is a spot around half way (about 2 kays) in from the "roller coaster" entrance road. There are a couple of bushes there - with hot sand all around. Not really all that hospitable. I'd stay at Anna Bay caravan park (they have camping out the back) - but that's me.
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Follow Up By: madcow - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 12:13

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 12:13
I'm in the Albury Wodonga Club. initially I wont be pulling the camper onto the beach. We will have a look around first and make up ouor minds from there.

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Reply By: Member - Ivan (ACT) - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 19:08

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 19:08
From one of my previous posts to Ang

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Ang, I've asked the Ranger's on the beach before now - camping is 'tolerated' - which can be read as, if you are doing the right thing, they'll leave you alone - if you're not (well, there's no need to go there, is there ;-)

I love the entry from the servo at Lavis Lane

Some "Must See's"

Lavis Lane entry S32°49.680' E151°52.722'
Wreck of the Sygna S32°51.463' E151°50.651'
Tank Traps S32°48.863' E151°55.880'
Silver City S32°48.567' E151°57.609'
"IVAN's big Hill" S32°49.338' E151°54.604' (may not be so big! - the dunes move and change shape

Also just to the WNW of the Sygna is another big dune we used to drive up - a big mother ;-) I don't have the coords, but is about 400m away and somewhere near S32°51.426' E151°50.495'

Have a good one !!!

Also, make sure you get right off the beach and get up some of the big dunes - the back side of them are often near vertical, and you'll think they're a bit much - give them a go!!!! Of course, need a buddy, and snatch strap - I think most of the sand dudes are on ch 25
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Follow Up By: madcow - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 12:16

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 12:16
Cheers thanks mate
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Reply By: Kimbo - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 20:20

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 20:20
Hi as a local all I can say is make sure tyre pressures are low enuff so as not to get bogged on the entrance track at Lavis lane as the locals are becoming very annoyed with the know it alls who are getting bogged on the entrance track and blocking access to all while they let there tyres down

Regards
Kimbo
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Follow Up By: Kimbo - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 20:28

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 20:28
and I forgot to add also the police have been very active over the last few weekends also with a no TOLERANCE attitude with regards to permits also.
bike riders pulling up with bikes on trailers in car park police asking to see permits (no permit) BOOKED no questions asked.
Do the right thing there will be no problems

Kimbo
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Reply By: Paul - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 21:00

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 21:00
Permits can be obtained at the Servo's at Anna Bay and Lavis Lane $5 per day,
not sure if there is a week one though?

We were going to go to the Anna Bay caravan park at Easter........booked out.

Paul
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Reply By: hoyks - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 21:45

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 21:45
We have had a fair bit of rain up here lately and the sand is the firmest I have seen it in ages. If you are new to beach driving the Anna Bay access is the easiest, the Lavis Lane track can be a bit daughting for a first timer.
Get a permit ($5 for a weekend)( note to self, almost time for a new annual permit) and 16 PSI should see you through with no problems. Don't try going too fast either as drop offs can be very difficult to see when the sun is overhead, as the re-shaped bullbar on my vehicle will testify.
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Follow Up By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 22:16

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 22:16
Hoyks

When did it rain there last? I was up there just two weekends ago, so it must have been the last few days....

Ditto on the overhead sun - it "flattens out" the dune edges so you can't see the drop-offs. Just like skiing in a blizzard.... it all looks nice and even and then WHOA!!!!!! - six feet down in half a second.
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Follow Up By: hoyks - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 20:45

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 20:45
I was out there last weekend with some mates that camped on the beach. It had rained every 2 or 3 days for a week before we went out.
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Reply By: stitch - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 01:53

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 01:53
I ventured up 3 days ago and the sand was very soft. I entered in the lavis lane entrance, started with 20 psi and couldnt get up the first dune. After lowering to 15psi, I spent the rest of the day ok. I suggest that if you have a GPS, take it and use it. I would have been lost without one. Have fun, it is truly an amazing place.
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Reply By: madcow - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 07:51

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 07:51
Thanks to one and all. We are driving a Silver GU 4.2tdi towing a southern cross camper with a 4wd club sticker on the rear window. If you see us say gidday! Anna Bay sounds like a good spot. We are intending to drop through the Blue Mountains on the way home back to Wodonga.

cheers Dave
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Reply By: tessa_51 - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 08:02

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 08:02
madcow
don't even attempt the Lavis Lane entry while towing a camper! The Anna Bay entry will be fine for you. Head south and set up camp behind the beachside dune. Then you can start exploring. Tyre pressure is the most important thing, as everyone else has stated. A high flag on the vehicle won't go astray in the dunes either.

Tessa
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Reply By: Shep - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 19:30

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 19:30
Madcow,
All the above have given you good advice, However I must stress don't get carried away on the dunes,suss out your area you want play, at times dune looks can be decieving and you can find yourself down a 20-30mtr drop into the bushes.
For camping also best to camp over the 1st dune from the water and ensure your site is visible so no dope flys over into your camp.
Regards
Shep
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