Nine Mile Beach’s popularity with four-wheel-drive enthusiasts has again been demonstrated over the Australia Day long weekend.
Authorities recorded a peak of around 800 vehicles on the stretch of sand between Third Creek at Redhead, and Blacksmiths to the south and say visitors have generally been well-behaved.
The Belmont Wetlands State Park Trust issues permits, with annual fees set to double next month.
The funds are used to help manage the beach.
Aerial vision courtesy of Heliservices Newcastle