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Worimi National Park is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

Dynamic dunes

Worimi National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Set your sights on the southern hemisphere's largest mobile coastal sand mass at Stockton Bight. The landscape's creation began well over 100,000 years ago, and believe it or not, these enormous dunes are 'alive' and forever changing. Stockton itself at 32km is the state's longest beach, and its dunes offer endless appeal. Their shape, slope and stability vary with the weather. This unpredictability, potential for damage to Aboriginal cultural sites, and possible impacts to plants and animals are important reasons why we ask you not to drive over the dunes.

  • Sand Dune Adventures quad bike tour Tackle Worimi sand dunes with a 4WD quad bike. Not far from Newcastle, it's the most thrilling way to see these spectacular coastal dunes. Perfect for beginners and advanced riders.

Beach activities

Worimi National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Surfing, fishing, whale watching, bird watching, dog walking, horse riding, quad biking, beach walking; the list continues. Stockton Beach is an absolute treasure trove for sun-lovers. Enjoy a unique driving experience on a 4WD tour. It's a beach holiday you'll remember long after you've shaken the sand from your shoes.

An ancient heritage

Worimi Conservation Lands. Photo: John Spencer

When you visit Worimi Conservation Lands, you'll step into a place abundant in Aboriginal cultural history. There are an extraordinary number of Aboriginal cultural sites that pre-date European settlement, scattered throughout the dunes. These include middens, campsites and burials, all of which reflect the cultural use of the land and have special cultural significance to the Worimi people.

  • Sand Dune Adventures quad bike tour Tackle Worimi sand dunes with a 4WD quad bike. Not far from Newcastle, it's the most thrilling way to see these spectacular coastal dunes. Perfect for beginners and advanced riders.

A forest beyond the dunes

Oyster catches birds on the beach, Worimi Conservation Lands. Photo: John Spencer

Worimi National Park comprises sandy stretches of beach and mobile sand dunes  in fact, at Stockton Bight, you’ll find the largest mobile coastal sand mass in the southern hemisphere. If you venture beyond the dunes, you can find forest thriving with coastal sand apple blackbutt and swamp mahogany paperbark trees. The area is part of Worimi Conservation Lands, including over 1,800ha of forest.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • White-bellied sea eagle. Photo: John Turbill

    White-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

    White-bellied sea eagles can be easily identified by their white tail and dark grey wings. These raptors are often spotted cruising the coastal breezes throughout Australia, and make for some scenic bird watching. Powerful Australian birds of prey, they are known to mate for life, and return each year to the same nest to breed.

Plants

  • Old man banksia, Moreton National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

    Old man banksia (Banksia serrata)

    Hardy Australian native plants, old man banksias can be found along the coast, and in the dry sclerophyll forests and sandstone mountain ranges of NSW. With roughened bark and gnarled limbs, they produce a distinctive cylindrical yellow-green banksia flower which blossoms from summer to early autumn.

  • Smooth-barked apple. Photo: Jaime Plaza

    Smooth-barked apple (Angophora costata)

    Smooth-barked apple gums, also known as Sydney red gum or rusty gum trees, are Australian native plants found along the NSW coast, and in the Sydney basin and parts of Queensland. Growing to heights of 15-30m, the russet-coloured angophoras shed their bark in spring to reveal spectacular new salmon-coloured bark.

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Smooth-barked apple

Angophora costata

Smooth-barked apple. Photo: Jaime Plaza

Smooth-barked apple gums, also known as Sydney red gum or rusty gum trees, are Australian native plants found along the NSW coast, and in the Sydney basin and parts of Queensland. Growing to heights of 15-30m, the russet-coloured angophoras shed their bark in spring to reveal spectacular new salmon-coloured bark.

Environments in this park

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Sunset at the Worimi Conservation Lands. Photo:John Spencer Copyright:John Spencer Photography