Stockton Tank Traps

Hi all,
I'm wanting to photograph the tank traps on Stockton beach for a project I am undertaking. So several questions:
1) Has anyone seen them lately and can comment on how covered/uncovered they may be?
2) I've taken the co-ordinates from this page ( ) and put them into Google Earth. They appear further north along the beach than indicated by the user-submitted pictures on Google earth are. I think I'm transferring the co-ordinates correctly. Can anyone verify correct location - you'll see why next!

3) Although my wife's car is a RAV4 I'm not experienced at sand-driving and probably will not take it onto the sand (for not wanting to get her car bogged and lose my time shooting pictures.) So I'm thinking of parking the car as close as I can on a manageable road/track and walking the rest. Does this sound feasible and where would you recommend I park and start the walk from? There appears to be an industrial site at the end of Lavis Lane, or there is something called Mac's Track further south.

Lastly, there is a photo on google earth at co-ordinates 151.8846588,-32.8276367 showing a white crucifix in the dunes. Can anyone verify this exists and it's position?

Thanks heaps for any information to help me,

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Reply By: Member - Christopher P (NSW) - Saturday, Aug 07, 2010 at 21:35

Saturday, Aug 07, 2010 at 21:35
Mate if you want to see the tank traps, you can go to Anna bay. If you want a guide and assitant, give me MM and i can come with you. there not far. you do need a permit to drive on the beach.
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Follow Up By: Member - Christopher P (NSW) - Saturday, Aug 07, 2010 at 21:38

Saturday, Aug 07, 2010 at 21:38
Oops the Rav4 will get you there and you wont get bogged. And it's not far from anna bay.
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Reply By: Member - Wayne B (NSW) - Saturday, Aug 07, 2010 at 21:45

Saturday, Aug 07, 2010 at 21:45
The Rav4 should not be a problem. I have a X-Trail and it outperformed both of its heavier brothers in the sand.

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The easiest place to enter is at the northern end. Lavis Lane is a little more difficult particularly if the sand is very dry.

Cant help with the location of the Tank Traps. I have been there but dont know Lat Long.
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Reply By: Batt's - Saturday, Aug 07, 2010 at 22:49

Saturday, Aug 07, 2010 at 22:49
Hi I was born in Newie lived their for 33yrs till 1999 I moved to Mackay I use to surf at Stockton beach a lot a mate of mine and I found a tank trap in the water one day my mate hit it with his hand paddling for a wave we had a look to our surprise yes it was a tank trap still with the hook on top it was out from the little park in Stockton with the pine trees in it we were going to tell someone but never did it was lined up with a tree so we could avoid it when we surfed their probably still their Just thought I'd share that
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Reply By: Member - Tony V (NSW) - Saturday, Aug 07, 2010 at 23:44

Saturday, Aug 07, 2010 at 23:44
All Please remember that Lavis Lane is Closed for 6 weeks.

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service on behalf of the Worimi Conservation
Lands (WCL) Board of Management, will be carrying out a major upgrade
of the four wheel drive and quad bike access tracks off Lavis Lane at

During the construction period from 26 July 2010 - 19 September 2010:
• the Lavis Lane access road will be closed. Four wheel drive access to
Stockton Beach during this time will only be available via the northern entrance
off Gan Gan Road at Anna Bay.
• there will be no access for conditionally registered vehicles to the WCL.
• the Stockton Bight Recreational Vehicle Area will be CLOSED to all noncommercial,
conditionally registered recreational vehicles (quad bikes,
trikes and motor bikes).

Nelson Bay. Telephone 02 4984 8200 during office hours for further details.
For further details contact NPWS Hunter Region.
Telephone 02 4984 8200.
Temporary closure of Lavis Lane access track & Stockton Bight
Recreational Vehicle Area (26 July - 19 September 2010).
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Reply By: Batt's - Sunday, Aug 08, 2010 at 11:24

Sunday, Aug 08, 2010 at 11:24
Just anotherone I think their called ammo shelters when you drive down Cox's lane on the left their good to look at I havn't been their for over 10yrs .and closer to the beach their was tank traps near the army base. tracks are probably all blocked off now
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Reply By: sharperstill - Monday, Aug 09, 2010 at 14:42

Monday, Aug 09, 2010 at 14:42
Thanks for your comments everyone.

Christopher: very kind of you to offer to be my guide and assistant but I expect to be out there most of the day (or two), starting very early. I suspect you'd be bored very quickly. Not sure what MM means.

I've found pics on google earth of the tank traps up near Anna Bay. They look more accessible however I'm still keen to find ones with less vegetation/other stuff around as it appears the ones are that are east of Lavis Lane. So if anyone has good co-ords I'd appreciate them.

Wayne and Christopher: I'm sure the RAV would do quite well in the hands of someone with some knowledge and experience. I would have access to a Hilux as well but as mentioned will be flying solo and don't have recovery gear, so I think it's best I don't take the car onto soft sand.

Batt: I had a close look along Cox's Lane in google earth and couldn't sight anything resembling ammo shelters. Any more precise info on the location? And is Cox's Lane open and what's it like to drive on?

I'll give NPWS a ring regarding Lavis Lane.

Also, I'm very interested in the white crucifix at co-ordinates 151.8846588,-32.8276367. See attached image. Has anybody seen this? Location? On google earth it's in the wide sand area east of Lavis Lane, but google earth pics seem notoriously out of place in my experience (great research tool though)

Thanks again, I'm aiming for mid-September.

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