The Nambucca Valley is centrally located on the Pacific Highway halfway between Sydney and Brisbane. Set on the NSW Mid North Coast, the Valley forms the southern gateway to subtropical Australia and features as a jewel destination on the Legendary Pacific Coast.
The Nambucca Valley is more than pristine beaches and water activities. As well as swimming, surfing and canoeing its hinterland offers a kaleidoscope of historic towns and villages, bush tucker, colourful markets and tranquil rainforests making it an ideal holiday destination. Other towns of Coffs Harbour, Dorrigo, Bellingen, South West Rocks and Kempsey are less than an hour’s drive away – Port Macquarie is just a little further afield.
‘Unspoilt’, ‘unpretentious’, ‘natural’ and ‘friendly’ are words most often used to describe the Nambucca Valley. It is a place you remember visiting when you were a child – and it remains just as memorable.
The eastern boundary of the Valley stretches from Scotts Head in the south to Valla Beach in the north – 23 kilometres of picturesque coastline broken only by the Nambucca River joining the ocean at Nambucca Heads. The western boundary stretches to the mountain rainforests of the Great Dividing Range.
While the original industries of timber and dairy farming are still important to the Nambucca Valley economy, these days they are supplemented by other ventures such as the production of beef cattle, bananas, macadamia nuts and oyster farming. Herbs, bush tucker and cut flowers are growing industries making a name for the region. Macksville and Nambucca Heads also support a range of service industries and manufacturing.
In recent years the Nambucca Valley has become a popular retirement destination for those seeking a ‘seachange’ – service, cultural and recreational amenities have flourished accordingly. Two very active arts councils sponsor a range of artistic pursuits. Activities range from bridge to belly dancing and bowls to Broadway. The area even has a whole river island devoted to a world-class golf course.
A big part of the Nambucca Valley’s appeal is that it enjoys a subtropical climate without extreme weather conditions. Temperatures range from an average of 19 degrees Celsius in winter to 27 degrees in summer. Hinterland areas experience a few frosty winter mornings but by midmorning it’s just another perfect day in paradise. Unlike some neighbouring regions, the Nambucca Valley is not a flood-prone area – local roads may be closed for short periods at times but flooding of houses/shops is extremely rare.
Something about the Nambucca Valley makes you want to return – postcards painted on the rocks at the famous V-Wall chronicle family holidays going back more than 40 years. ‘I came here with my grandparents, now I’m bringing my grandkids’ is a story often told. Whatever your pleasure, the picture-perfect Nambucca River is sure to cast an unforgettable spell on you for years to come.
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