Closure of Hat Head 4WD beach access

Media statement - 5 April 2018

The impact of the recent heavy rainfall and storms has resulted in severe coastal erosion to the beach access ramp at Hat Head known as ‘the breakout’.

After monitoring and assessing the sand dunes, Kempsey Shire Council has had no choice but to close off the access for the safety of locals and visitors.

“The storm caused severe erosion and has resulted in a 1.2 metre drop off the dune at the 4WD access point,” Council’s Acting Manager of Engineering Works, Tony Green, said.

“At this stage it isn’t known when the access can be reopened as the sand dunes are very unstable.

“Additional warning signs will be erected at Hat Head and Smoky Cape to help notify people that access is not available to or from Hat Head itself.”

Alternate access for 4WDs remains available to and from the beach from the northern end near Smoky Cape. No vehicles are permitted to drive through the main beach swimming area at Hat Head, accessed from the boat ramp.

Mr Green said Council will continue to monitor the situation and will restore the access when the beach conditions allow.

“It is unfortunate that this access issue has coincided with Easter and the upcoming school holidays, but we have to put public safety first.”