Nambucca Heads

Graffiti rocks, Explore Australia Publishing

Population 5874

Located at the mouth of the Nambucca River, this is a beautiful coastal holiday town. The stunning long white beaches offer perfect conditions for fishing, swimming, boating and surfing, and the broad, sheltered river is an ideal venue for waterskiing, kayaking and tranquil cruising.

Visitor Information

Riverside Dr, Nambucca Heads; (02) 6568 6954 or 1800 646 587

Nearby national parks

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  • Guy Fawkes River National Park

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Nearby towns

  • Macksville

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  • Urunga

    Urunga is a sleepy, attractive town at the junction of the Bellinger and Kalang rivers and is regarded by locals as one of the best fishing...more

  • Bellingen

    Bellingen is an attractive tree-lined town on the banks of the Bellinger River, surrounded by rich pasturelands. Traditionally serving dairy...more

In Town

V-Wall Breakwater Also known as the Graffiti Gallery, this rock wall gives visitors the opportunity to paint their own postcards on a rock. Mementos from all over the world are on display, including cartoons, paintings and poetry. Wellington Dr.

Headland Historical Museum: photographic history of the town and its residents, historic documents, antique farming implements and household tools; Headland Reserve.

Model Train Display: miniature display models, including the Ghan and the Indian Pacific; Pelican Cres.

Stringer Art Gallery: showcases local art and craft; Ridge St.

Valley Community Art: cooperative of local artists and crafters with work for sale; Bowra St.

Mosaic sculpture: the history of the town portrayed in a mosaic wrapped around a corner of the police station; Bowra St.

Gordon Park Rainforest: unique walking trails through rainforest in the middle of urban development; between town centre and Inner Harbour.

Foreshore Walk: 5 km pathway from Pacific Hwy to V-Wall with storyboards on shipbuilding yards and mills.


Valla Beach Apart from secluded beaches and rainforest surrounds, Valla Beach is a hive of activity. Attractions include an art and craft gallery, the Valla Smokehouse (specialising in smoked products), the Australiana Workshop and the Gallery of Hidden Treasures. The Valla Beach Fair is held each Jan; 10 km N.

Swiss Toymaker: visitors can view wooden toys being crafted; closed Sun; 5 km N.

Fishing spots near town

South-West Rocks 25 km

When it comes to popularity, there are two types of fishing destinations: those that are hot all the time and those that wax and wane depending on the season. South West Rocks is in the first category. For as long as I... Find out more

Coffs Harbour - Fishing Sub-region 40 km

My introduction to fishing north of Sydney was at Coffs Harbour, an area with a diverse range of options. The first time I fished here I was into land-based game and spent most of my time on the ledges of Mutton Bird... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Bush-tucker tasting - Macksville 11 km

Sample some Australian bushfoods at Valley of the Mist near Macksville, a farm dedicated to sustainable methods. You will taste bush fruits, nuts, herbs and condiments and have a tour of the farm. You can also take a... Find out more

Cycling around Armidale and Coffs Harbour 40 km

A 5-kilometre bicycle track leads from Harris Park in Armidale to the University of New England. Bikes can be hired from Armidale Bicycle Centre or the University’s Sports Union. The 26-kilometre-return ride from... Find out more

Houseboating on the Macleay River 51 km

Although large chugging houseboats can be an environmental no-no, Macleay River Houseboats at Kempsey are small – designed for just two people – use relatively clean four-stroke petrol motors, have... Find out more

Sea Acres Nature Reserve 88 km

This cool coastal forest, 5 kilometres south of Port Macquarie, is great for a stop and a gentle stroll, with lush rainforest extending right down to the beach. There is a 1.5-kilometre wheelchair-accessible boardwalk,... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Bonville Golf Resort 31 km

Bonville is Australia’s most beautiful inland course. Carved from 250 hectares of flooded gums and blackbutt forest, with small pockets of subtropical rainforest, Bonville is often described as Australia’s... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town


Matilda’s is an unpretentious local favourite overlooking the Nambucca River, serving excellent food in the tropical setting of neighbouring rainforest. The freshest seafood and most succulent local steaks are... Find out more

Nearby breweries

The Little Brewing Company 91 km

Australia’s new breed of brewer can arrive at the craft by sometimes circuitous routes. For Warwick Little, that included 20 years as an ambulance officer, home brewing, a wine science course and a pair of... Find out more

Campsites around town

Trial Bay Gaol camping area 27 km

This is a spectacular camping area on a sheltered surf beach, accessed via Cardwell St in South West Rocks. It’s well appointed, with coin-operated showers, powered and unpowered sites, electric BBQs, a kiosk and... Find out more

Smoky Cape camping area 32 km

To reach this small campground nestled in the rainforest at Smoky Cape, turn on to Arakoon Rd from South West Rocks Rd and head for Smoky Cape Lighthouse. Bring your own firewood and drinking water. There are plenty of... Find out more

Sawtell Beach Holiday Park 32 km

This well-appointed caravan park is on Lyons Rd, about 8 km south of Coffs Harbour. You’ve got easy access to the beach and a wide range of accommodation options, including powered and unpowered sites, villas and... Find out more

Bindarri camping areas (walk-in and bush camping) 40 km

Walk-in bush camping is possible throughout the park – facilities such as toilets, picnic tables and wood fireplaces are only available at Bindarray and Bangalore picnic areas, so you’ll need to be... Find out more

Bush camping areas 47 km

Self-sufficient campers armed with detailed, up-to-date topographic maps can access a number of good spots throughout the forest, either on foot, horseback or mountain-bike.... Find out more

Hungry Gate camping area 49 km

Tucked in behind sand dunes and ringed with heath and woodland, Hungry Gate is an attractive camping area just a hop, skip and jump from the ocean. It’s 5 km south of Hat Head village – follow Hungry Rd off... Find out more

Platypus Flat camping area 59 km

Perched on the banks of the Nymboida River, just off Moonpar Forest Dr, Platypus Flat provides tent sites in a grassy clearing beneath blue gums and river oaks, a short walk from your car. There are fabulous swimming... Find out more

Thungutti Rest Area camping area 62 km

The campground at Thungutti is set amid towering eucalypts and snow gums. Cars have to be parked a short distance from the campsites. There are 18 sites; booking is not essential but fees apply. Firewood is supplied, and... Find out more

Park Entrance Rest Area camping area 63 km

For those with caravans, there’s a basic camping site at Styx River, about 2 km outside the park entrance along Point Lookout Rd. Bush camping is also permitted; you must camp at least 500 m from park facilities.... Find out more

Cod Hole picnic and camping area 64 km

This is a popular spot for picnickers and whitewater rafters, located at the end of Cod Hole Rd via Moses Rock Rd, off Moonpar Forest Dr. Take a relaxing dip in the river, launch your kayak or stop in for a picnic midway... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

White Albatross Holiday Centre 1 km

This is a quality park in a prime position next to a lagoon and near the mouth of the Nambucca River. It boasts a very good restaurant as well as a range of other features. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Nambucca River Tourist Park 9 km

About 6 km north of Macksville just off the Pacific Highway, this neat, family-owned park is adjacent to the Nambucca River. It is ideal for an overnight stop or a couple of days. Bookings are required in peak periods,... Find out more

Urunga Heads Holiday Park 16 km

On the river estuary at Urunga, this park is an excellent overnight stop. It is far enough off the highway to be quiet and has an excellent outlook, with a shopping centre nearby. The park is busy in peak periods and... Find out more

Stuarts Point Holiday Park 20 km

This is a nicely located beachside park that is very popular during the holidays. It is a lovely quiet spot out of the peak periods. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas... Find out more

BIG4 Trial Bay Eco Tourist Park 28 km

This is a very pleasant park located close to the historic Trial Bay Gaol. The owner operators are keen to please and offer a range of quality facilities. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay... Find out more

Sawtell Beach Holiday Park 31 km

This large, spacious park has a wonderful outlook over the ocean and is just a short walk from Sawtell shopping centre. A pool is just across the road. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay... Find out more

Park Beach Holiday Park 41 km

This is a large beachfront council park 4 km from the centre of town and close to the popular jetty precinct. The park boasts a wide range of facilities, including cabins, amenities blocks, a water park and an inground... Find out more

Sapphire Beach Holiday Park 48 km

A lovely, shady beachside park south of Moonee Beach, 9 km north of Coffs Harbour. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas and Easter. Pets are only allowed in the off-peak... Find out more

Moonee Beach Holiday Park 50 km

This popular beachfront caravan park has basic facilities, but does have a tennis court and open grassy sites with views out to sea. Swimming is good, as are the nature walks around the reserve. Bookings are required in... Find out more

Big4 Emerald Beach Holiday Park 55 km

This is a quality park with comprehensive facilities and excellent amenities. It is located in a picturesque beachside location, with good access to the Pacific Highway. Swimming, surfing and fishing are all popular... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

White Albatross Holiday Centre

For a casual, carefree family holiday, the White Albatross Holiday Centre has something for everyone. The four-star absolute waterfront accommodation at Nambucca Heads offers a huge variety of options for visitors,... Find out more

Sacred Mountain Retreat

This lofty, romantic mountain retreat overlooks the ocean, valley and Great Dividing Range. There are three private, architecturally designed, self-contained cottages, each with 270-degree views, tucked away on more than... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Lily Pily Country House, Bellingen 23 km

The owners of this stylish B&B have spent seven years revegetating and securing wildlife corridors along the riparian zone here, planting some 4000 trees and 2000 reeds, resulting in an increase in bandicoots,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Gumma Reserve camping area 7 km

T/O at Macksville

Large campground located 7km (partly unsealed) east of the highway via Partridge St, Wills St and Gumma Rd.

Macksville park area 11 km

At Macksville

Just off the highway on the north side of the river.

Paddys rest area 23 km

39km N of Kempsey (L) or 45km S of Urunga (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Bloodwood Ridge rest area 61 km

111km N of Taree (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Woolgoolga rest area 61 km

At Woolgoolga

Just off the highway in the middle of town.

Kundabung rest area 65 km

15km S of Kempsey (L)

Just off the highway. For southbound only.

Halfway Creek rest area 79 km

26km N of Woolgoolga (R) or 34km S of Grafton (L)

Large grassed area just off the highway behind the roadhouse.

Motorway Park Area 93 km

73 km N of Taree (R) or 47 km S of Kempsey (L)

Highway Service Centre.

Glenugie Creek rest area 95 km

45km N of Woolgoolga (L) or 15km S of Grafton (R)

Just off the highway behind a few trees.

What's on around town

Market: Nambucca Plaza; 2nd Sun each month.

Country Music Jamboree: Easter.

Breakfast by the River: Apr.

VW Spectacular: biannually in even-numbered years, July–Aug.

Show 'n' Shine Hot Rod Exhibition: Oct. 

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