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, but you can find incredible sand surfing locations all over the continent, including both desert and coastal dunes.

Sandboarding in Anna Bay NSW
Sandboarding in Port Stephens, NSW. Photo courtesy of REVOLT.

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. This is one of the best and most popular sandboarding spots in Australia, with plenty of massive sands dunes. Some of them 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

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 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 sandboaring.

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.


Western Australia

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 o Perth.

Sandboarding Tours in Lancelin


Queensland

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


South Australia

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


Victoria

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.


Tasmania

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.