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Wollongong City Council

Dunes

Dunes are the backbones of our beaches. They help to stabilise the sand and protect beachfront areas from coastal storms. Dunes are also home to many native animals.

Like the rest of our coast, dunes change over time and can be affected by things like weather, ocean conditions and erosion.

We have a Dune Management Strategy to help us look after dunes. This strategy focuses on the dunes at our 17 patrolled beaches. It includes a list of actions we’re taking to keep our dunes and beaches in good condition.

Some of the key parts of our dune strategy include:

  • Keeping sight lines clear so lifeguards and lifesavers have a better view of swimmers
  • Clearing dune walkways so people can access beaches more easily
  • Removing unsuitable plants and weeds, and adding more appropriate native plants
  • Monitoring changes in dunes to help plan future works.

You can read more in the strategy documents below.

Dune Management Strategy
Type Name File Size
PDF File Wollongong-Dune-Management-Strategy-Implementation-Plan-August-2013.pdf 1.3 MB
PDF File Wollongong-Dune-Management-Strategy-Implementation-Plan-Overwiew-Table-Updated-2016.pdf 15.4 KB
PDF File Wollongong-Dune-Management-Strategy.pdf 16.2 MB

We will be carrying out vegetation management and dune re-shaping works at Bellambi Beach this spring. If we get good weather, it's expected the work will be wrapped up within two weeks.

The works will be carried out over a 200m stretch of the dunes in front of the Bellambi Beach lifeguard tower. Here the taller vegetation on the seaward edge of the dune will be removed and higher elevation areas of the dune will be re-shaped. Once this work is finished, low-growing vegetation will then be planted to help stabilise the sand.

The aim of this work is to improve beach safety and the project is listed as an outcome in Council's Wollongong Dune Management Strategy for the Patrolled Swimming Areas of 17 Beaches. The changes will give Council lifeguards and surf life savers' better sight of beach users, and make it easier to get life saving and rescue equipment on, and off, the beach. We've planned the project keeping the area's biodiversity values in mind and have consulted with the Office of Environment and Heritage.

While the work is underway areas of the beach will be fenced off – as is shown on the map – to ensure the safety of beach users. The open sections of the beach will be able to be reached using access tracks to the north of the work area.

If you'd like to know more, please give us a call on (02) 4227 7111.

We will be carrying out vegetation management and dune re-shaping works at Bellambi Beach this spring. If we get good weather, it's expected the work will be wrapped up within two weeks.

The works will be carried out over a 200m stretch of the dunes in front of the Bellambi Beach lifeguard tower. Here the taller vegetation on the seaward edge of the dune will be removed and higher elevation areas of the dune will be re-shaped. Once this work is finished low-growing vegetation will then be planted to help in the stabilisation of the sand.

The aim of this work is to improve beach safety and the project is listed as an outcome in our Wollongong Dune Management Strategy for the Patrolled Swimming Areas of 17 Beaches. The changes will give Council lifeguards and surf lifesavers' better sight of beach users and make it easier to get lifesaving and rescue equipment on, and off, the beach. We've planned the project keeping the area's biodiversity values in mind and have consulted with the Office of Environment and Heritage.

While the work is underway areas of the beach will be fenced off – as is shown on the map JPG, 148.41 KB – to ensure the safety of beach users. The open sections of the beach will be able to be reached using access tracks to the north of the work area.

If you'd like to know more, please give us a call on (02) 4227 7111.

Use the list below to find out more about what we’re doing to care for dunes at our beaches.

Dune site plans
Type Name File Size
PDF File Bellambi-beach-dune-vegetation-site-plan.pdf 506.6 KB
PDF File Bulli-beach-dune-vegetation-site-plan.pdf 439.2 KB
PDF File Corrimal-beach-dune-vegetation-site-plan.pdf 390.1 KB
PDF File Fairy-Meadow-beach-dune-vegetation-site-plan.pdf 387.1 KB
PDF File Stanwell-Park-beach-dune-vegetation-site-plan.pdf 293.0 KB
PDF File Towradgi-beach-dune-vegetation-site-plan.pdf 508.2 KB
PDF File Wollongong-City-beach-dune-vegetation-site-plan.pdf 478.4 KB
PDF File Woonona-beach-dune-vegetation-site-plan.pdf 508.0 KB

You can volunteer to look after Wollongong’s dunes by joining our Dunecare program.

Even if you can’t volunteer, you can help by staying off planted dune areas and taking any rubbish with you when you leave the beach.