Worimi National Park

Overview

Worimi National Park is a special Aboriginal place near Newcastle. Enjoy whale watching, fishing and beach driving on the Worimi Conservation Lands. 

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Worimi Conservation Lands includes Worimi National Park along with Worimi State Conservation Area and Worimi Regional Park

Located near Newcastle, the Worimi Conservation Lands are owned and co-managed by the local Worimi Aboriginal community in partnership with NSW National Parks. The Stockton Bight landscape is home to an extraordinary number of ancient cultural sites.

If you’re visiting for the day, you’ll find there is heaps to do; fishing, birdwatching or the ever-popular pastime of beach driving. Take a guided tour and check out traditional Aboriginal sites of the Worimi People, take a sand dune safari or go horse riding along the beach. And don’t miss the gigantic Stockton dunes, the largest moving coastal sand dunes in the southern hemisphere.

With so much to do, you might need to extend your stay. Find out more about camping in the Worimi Conservation Lands. A range of accommodation options are available within a short distance of the park - contact the Port Stephens Visitor Information Centre for more details.

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/worimi-national-park/local-alerts

Contact

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Worimi National Park.

Getting there and parking

The park can be accessed by the 4WD beach entrances of Gan Gan Road at Anna Bay or off Lavis Lane at Williamtown.

By bike

Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

Best times to visit

Autumn

With a greater chance of cloud cover during autumn, it's a great time of year to take some fantastic photographs of the historic sites of Stockton Beach.

Summer

With temperatures averaging in the high twenties and a campground right near the beach, sleep in the comfort of your tent accompanied by the sounds of nearby crashing waves.

Winter

A cooler temperature and more turbulent ocean, it makes Stockton a quieter time to take a stroll down the beach.

Maps and downloads

Fees and passes

NSW National Parks annual passes are not valid for entry to Worimi Conservation Lands.

Visitors to Worimi Conservation Lands need to buy a Beach Vehicle Permit before visiting. Also find out where you can drive your vehicle in Worimi Conservation Lands.

Worimi National Park, Worimi State Conservation Area, and Worimi Regional Park, form part of the Worimi Conservation Lands. Located near Newcastle, the Worimi Conservation Lands are owned and co-managed by the local Worimi Aboriginal community in partnership with NSW National Parks. 

 

Annual passes and entry fees (https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/passes-and-fees)

Safety messages

However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Prohibited

Pets

  • Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted in Worimi National Park.
  • Dogs are allowed in some sections of Worimi Regional Park. Find out more on the Worimi Conservation Lands website.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Nearby towns

Nelson Bay (10 km)

Nelson Bay is a major holiday playground and the main resort area of Port Stephens. It's located on the southern shores of Port Stephens.

Newcastle (28 km)

Newcastle is a harbour city surrounded by amazing surf beaches that are linked by a great coastal walk, the Bathers Way. The walk from Nobbys Beach to Merewether Beach takes about three hours and is a great way to explore the city.

www.visitnsw.com

Cessnock (55 km)

Some of the finest wines in the world are created in the Hunter Valley and its towns, gourmet food is acclaimed and luxury, boutique accommodations are matched by the most beautiful natural scenery.

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Learn more

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.

Environments in this park

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What we're doing

Worimi National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:

Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats

Pests and weeds have a significant impact to the ecosystems within Worimi National Park. NPWS carries out risk assesments for new and emerging weeds as well as wild dog control to protect biodiversity in this park.

Conservation program

Regional pest management strategies

Weeds and pest animals cause substantial damage to agriculture and our environment, so it’s essential we manage them in NSW national parks and reserves. Our regional pest management strategies aim to minimise the impact of pests on biodiversity in NSW.  We work hard to protect our parks and neighbours from pests and weeds, ensuring measurable results.

Managing fire

NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world as a result of our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.

Conservation program

Planning for fire

Bushfires are inevitable across fire-prone vegetation types within NSW national parks. NPWS prepares for wildfires by working with other fire agencies, reserve neighbours and the community to ensure protection of life, property and biodiversity. Every park has its own fire management strategy, devised in consultation with partner fire authorities and the community to plan and prioritise fire management.

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