Sand Boarding Adventures With the Kids At Stockton Sand Dunes

  • Preschoolers
    Mums & Bubs

On a recent weekend away to Shoal Bay we discovered an amazing family activity: Sand Boarding! The Stockton Sand Dunes in the Worimi Conservation Lands are 10 minutes from Port Stephens and at 32km are the longest moving sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere. They are a truly spectacular site and well worth exploring!

Exciting Activities For All

There are a variety of activities you can do to explore the amazing Stockton Sand Dunes including:

  • 4WD Tours
  • Camels Tours
  • Quad Biking
  • Sand Boarding

We chose the sand boarding and it was one of those rare activities that is fun for everyone from our 20-month-old to parents and even our friends.

We drove down to the large car park where there are a variety of operators running sandboarding tours. We didn’t book but I imagine in the middle of summer it might be a good idea.

Stockton Sand Dunes
Our family adventure at the Stockton Sand Dunes.

Stockton Sand Dunes: Easy To Do And Fun!

I took the kids to say hello to the camels (yes, camels!) while my husband found the best tour operator. We hopped on a big 4WD bus and drove over the sand dunes to a secluded dune which had a large hill that graduated in inclination from a soft hill to become almost vertical!

After a quick lesson on how to sit on the boards we were off! It was easy and incredibly fun riding down the sand dunes on our boards. The kids sat between our legs and the 4 year old and 20-month-old had an absolute ball riding down the dunes and playing in the sand. We got a bit of a work out climbing back up the top of the sand dunes to ride down again (especially when carrying Mr 20 month old!) but it was totally worth it for the glees and giggles from everyone!

Stockton Sand Dunes
Even our 20-month-old had a blast on the Stockton Sand Dunes!

What You Need To Know About Visiting Stockton Sand Dunes

You can stay as long as you like on the dunes. We were there for about an hour before the rain set in and we came back. I would recommend taking a jacket as it can be very windy in the dunes. I would also recommend a change of clothes in the car as we were covered head to toe in sand! A truly fantastic and unusual activity that we have not stopped talking about.

WHEREStockton Sand Dunes, Port Stephens
WHEN:  regular sessions every Saturday and Sunday
COSTfrom $35 for adults, $30 for kids
TO BOOK: see the website
COVID-19 UPDATE:  Sandboarding is limited to 9 people per session. Bookings essential. 

More Weekender Family Fun

What To Do In Newcastle With Kids
Secret Spots On The Central Coast
Dangar Island Is A Hidden Family Gem 

Have you signed up to our newsletter? Join ellaslist to get the best family and kid-friendly events, venues, classes and things to do NEAR YOU!