Ok first thing to note about this beach is that it has a legal “clothing optional” status or a nude beach if you prefer. This means that you will encounter naked people on this beach. On the positive side this won’t cause you or you family any permanent injury.
Ok that said camping on the beach is legal at the Northern end and while the tops of the dunes may well provide great views you are exposed to storms and strong winds which may turn up in the middle of the night, not a great night’s sleep when this happens. Most of those who camp at this location are there because of its status as clothing optional and are mostly couples and families. Kim and I have stayed at this location a number of times with the camper and have found we “blend in” with the regulars just fine.
Beach Camping on Samurai comes with the following facilities, sand and salt water that’s it. You’ll need to take everything else with you that means showers, toilets (or shovel), cooking equipment, fresh water, well you get the picture. The only exception to this is that on Samurai there may be a bore shower installed during the summer months, but don’t count on it. There is no fee payable to access or camp on Samurai Beach and the camping is unregulated so it’s a first come first served basis.
If beach camping isn’t your style, let’s face sand does tend to get in everywhere, then we’d suggest Middle Rock Caravan Park next to the beach access road. You can walk to Samurai Beach from there, assuming you’ve the energy, and they have a range of accommodations and good facilities.
Given that the dunes on Samurai are “off limits” to vehicles and the beach is much shorter than its more famous neighbour, Stockton, there is considerably less traffic to contend with making it far more child friendly, though as with any beach that allows vehicles on it you will get idiots that think it’s their own private drag strip so you will still need to keep an eye out.
While at less than 3 Kilometres in length the beach itself makes for a very easy drive however the access track can be a little soft in places so having a bit of momentum to carry you through is a good idea.
Driving on the dunes at Samurai is not allowed and we’d strongly suggest that you stay off them, if you really want to run up and down sand hills then Stockton Beach would be a better option as there have been attempts to restrict vehicle access to this beach by the NPWS. These changes were heavily opposed by a lot of regular beach users however we don’t need to give NPWS reasons to review this position.
We tend to think of Samurai Beach as a family beach that you can take a car to. This is a plus as it makes getting eskys, chairs, shades and other necessities for a day at the beach on the sand with a minimum of fuss. As with any beach don’t forget to lower your tire pressures.