Australia loves sandboarding! The most popular dune sledding spots in OZ are Stockton Beach (Anna Bay) in New South Wales and the Lancelin sand dunes in Western Australia.
You can find incredible sand surfing locations all over the continent, from Tasmania to Queensland, including both desert and coastal dunes, and you can even slide the Cronulla Sand Dunes near Sydney.
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New South Wales
Stockton Beach – Port Stephens
Stockton Beach is a huge sand area stretching from the north of Newcastle all the way to Anna Bay. It is one of the best and most popular sandboarding spots in Australia, with plenty of massive sands dunes.
Some of these are reachable on foot from the beach, but it’s worth to hop on a sand duning tour to reach the taller and larger dunes that are only reachable by 4wd.
Sandboarding Tours in Port Stephens
Cronulla Sand Dunes
The Cronulla Sand Dunes are the nearest sandboarding spot to Sydney, about half a hour drive south from the center of the city. These dunes are not very big but offer spectacular views to the city and ocean.
Pebbly Beach – Murramarang National Park
Pebbly Beach is on the Central Coast, NSW, Australia and is north of Soldiers Beach and south of Norah Head. Pebbly beach pretty much just consists of one very steep, very high sand dune.
This is a popular sandboarding spot, mostly with people who have homemade sandboards, bodyboards, cardboards and even “for sales” signs and similar!
If you’re looking to do some sand tobogganing then this is the perfect dune; only problem is that the sand is soft, so it’s a hard walk back up, once you’ve made it to the bottom. There also isn’t a whole heap of variety if you’re looking at doing standup sandboarding.
North Entrance Beach – The Entrance
North Entrance is on the Central Coast, NSW, Australia and is across the bridge the Entrance of Lake Tuggerah, approximately halfway between Sydney and Newcastle.
The dunes are all fairly small but have a good variety in them, so there are the real steep ones, the nice curvy ones and of course plenty of jumps. Also being small means you don’t have to walk to far to get back up to the top of the dune. The northern dunes area is fairly deserted which means you generally have the whole place to yourself.
Lancelin Dunes – Lancelin
The Lancelin Sand Dunes make for one of Australia’s hottest sand surfing destinations. Here, you can glide down the tallest peaks in Western Australia.
Lancelin is located approximately 1.5 hours by car from the city of Perth. You can rent a sandboard online in advance and pick it up in Lancelin.
Sandboarding Tours in Lancelin
Moore River Sand Dunes – Guilderton
There are few places in the world where you can sandboard next to a river, and Guilderton is one of them.
The sand dunes surrounding Moore River are so big locals called the area “the Desert”, reachable by boat or by swimming across the river from the Stephen’s Crescent Trail Walk. Sand boards can be purchased from the Visitor Centre in Guilderton.
Nanarup Beach – Albany
Nanarup Beach is located about 20km east of Albany and easily reachable by car. The car park is located just behind the dunes, but you can also drive on the beach with an off-road 4WD vehicle.
You can rent a sandboard or boogie board online and have it delivered to your accommodation anywhere in the Albany City Area.
Hassell Beach – Albany
Located just north of Cheyne Beach, in a rural location known as Green Range, Hassell Beach has large steep coastal dunes not too far from Albany. You can rent a sandboard or boogie board online and have it delivered to your accommodation anywhere in the Albany City Area.
Coral Bay Beach – Coral Bay
Beach near the small town of Coral Bay in the Pilbara region. You can walk or drive a few kilometers away from the beach to find sand dunes for boarding and sledding.
Tangalooma Desert – Moreton Island
The stunning sand island of Moreton is a flourishing Australian sandboarding destination near Brisbane in Queensland.
The island is home to Tangalooma Desert, simply known as “The Desert”, a truly unique place with dunes entirely surrounded by vegetation, where you can hop on a “desert safari tour” which includes sandboarding.
Sandboarding Tours in Moreton Island
Carlo Sand Blow – Rainbow Beach, Gympie Area
Rainbow Beach is a tiny village and subtropical surfer’s paradise on the Great Beach Drive in Gympie Area.
The nearby Carlo Sand Blow is a huge sand park with cliffside views and large dunes where you can have fun with your sandboard and toboggans. Fraser Island is also easily reachable from Rainbow Beach.
Kirrar Sand Blow – Fraser Island
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fraser Island is one of Queensland’s most popular attractions for beach lovers and it’s no surprise that this incredible location – which is also the largest sand island in the entire world – is also a hotspot for sandboarding and dune sports.
The best spot is known as Kirrar Sand Blow but it can be difficult to locate, so make sure to ask around.
Big Red – Birdsville, Diamantine Area
Famous dunes around 40 metres tall located 35 km outside of Birdsville and the door to Australia’s Simpson Desert. You will most likely need a 4×4 to reach the Big Red dune, make sure to bring your own sandboarding equipment, or join an adventure tour to get the most out of your desert experience.
Little Sahara – Kangaroo Island
Little Sahara is a dune system in the Australian state of South Australia located on Kangaroo Island in the gazetted locality of Vivonne Bay. It is a naturally occurring sand dune system roughly covering two square kilometres.
Sandboarding and sand tobogganing are the two main attractions of the park and a must if you visit the island!
Sandboarding Tours in Kangaroo Island
Yanerbie Sandhill – Streaky Bay
Lincoln National Park – Eyre Peninsula
Coffin Bay National Park – Eyre Peninsula
Fowlers Bay Conservation Park – Fowlers Bay
Big Drift – Wilsons Promontory National Park
The Big Drift is a system of massive inland sand dunes located at Wilsons Promontory National Park, just a couple of hours drive south of Melbourne.
Sandboarding and sand sledding with boogie boards can be practiced at the site and the dunes are quite steep, plus the view from top is breath-taking. The spot is not well-known and a true hidden gem near Melbourne.
Thurra Sand Dunes – Croajingolong National Park
The Thurra Sand Dunes, located near Mallacoota, Victoria, in the UNESCO World Heritage Biosphere Reserve of Croajingolong National Park, contain some of the highest sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere.
Located along the shore of the Thurra River, one of the sandhills is over 100 meters high and very steep, making it ideal for sandboarding.
Spew Hill – Phillip Island
Little known dune known as “Spew Hill” located on Phillip Island (official name: “Norman Hill”). To get there, drive towards the Cape Woolamai car park. Walk away from the beach and back up the access road for 50 meters till you notice a tiny clearing on your right for a track heading towards “Cleeland Bight”.
Follow this path for another 400 meters until you reach the water’s edge.The sand dunes can’t be missed if you walk straight across the sand for 20 meters.
Henty Dunes – Strahan
Near Strahan you can slide down sand dunes on your sandboard or toboggan. A chain of giant dunes extends several kilometres inland and 15 kilometres along the coast in the west of the island, forming a wide expanse of sand.
The Henty Sand Dunes are a desert nestled among the rainforests of Tasmania’s west coast, rising to a height of around 30 metres.
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