Macksville (population 6000) is a peaceful riverside town on the Pacific Highway and a great place to experience some real country hospitality! The riverside parks and ‘Lily pond’ parkland at the southern end of the town are popular resting places for travellers. Rich in history, the wide Nambucca River now provides many recreational opportunities – sailing, canoeing, jet ski and waterskiing, as well as fishing and rowing. Away from the water, Macksville offers a range of tasty food products, arts and craft; and historic country pubs.
The Lily Pond in Rotary Park (between the Pacific Highway and Princess Street) is an ideal spot to relax, walk around the lake, enjoy a picnic or simply sit and admire the birdlife.
Nambucca Shire Council Chambers– Among a collection of interesting things, the chambers on Princess Street display a variety of art and craft works such as paintings, woodcraft and woven tapestries. Also of interest is a scale model of the SS Nambucca which was lost while crossing the bar at the entrance of the Nambucca River in May 1934, and the wheel of the illegal immigrant boat ZHOU GAN TOU which caused a stir when it landed at nearby Scotts Head in April 1999.
Macksville Wharf in River Street– A block west of Pacific Highway, winds a road paved in history. Back in the days when the river WAS the road, countless boats plied this section of the Nambucca River. Check out the wharf that was established in the location of the original Macksville Government Wharf as part of a Centenary of Federation project .
Mary Boulton’s Pioneer Cottage – Discover how the pioneers lived. This house of rough-sawn timber, typical of those used by the early settlers, is on display together with utensils, transport, and tools of trade. Ph. 6568 1280 or 6568 1377.
Historic hotels – Macksville proudly retains two historic hotels: the Star Hotel on River Street and the Nambucca Hotel on the corner of the Pacific Highway and Wallace Street. Opened in 1885, the Star Hotel is the oldest original hotel on the north coast of NSW. Visitors enjoying a wander around the town can sit on the verandah of the Star and watch for dolphins or admire the antiques, old photos and beautiful cedar staircase on display at the Nambucca.
Nambucca River Antiques – Who could resist a stroll through ‘the shop with beautiful things’! Check out the great ‘rose gold’ jewellery among a host of antiques and collectables. Ph. 6568 4844.
Bridge Café – You won’t walk out hungry from this 50s style café serving unreal Aussie burgers, chocolates and cakes.
Remnant Basket – Also on River Street, this store is a treasure trove for patchworkers and quilters with displays, materials and even classes on offer. Ph. 6568 1829.
Macksville Memorial Aquatic Centre has a 50-metre Olympic Pool, gym and an indoor heated hydrotherapy/lap pool. The outdoor pool has a waterslide for kids but is closed in winter.
Nambucca Regional Cuisine
Foodies are in for a treat (or tow!) when they visit Dangerous Dan’s Butchery for prize-winning sausages and meat products, bush tucker dressings, jams and sauces.
Nambucca MacNuts – Delicious locally-produced macadamia nuts are for sale at this processing plant at 77 Yarrawonga Street, Macksville Industrial Centre. See this local product processed – raw, roasted and salted, honey roasted nuts and oils are available for purchase.
Local fresh fruit, vegetables and oysters are available at the roadside stalls 4 km north of Macksville.
Oyster farming is a growing industry in the stretch of the Nambucca River between Macksville and Nambucca Heads. Nambucca oysters fetch top prices at the Sydney markets and are exported.
At Easter time the Council Chambers and Macksville Library come alive with the annual Easter Quilt Show. If you’re lucky to be in Macksville then, check out the colourful displays of quilts, patchwork, needlecraft, dolls, teddy bears and more.
Another attraction that puts Macksville on the map is the running of the annual Macksville Gift. Conducted in November, the renowned footrace is the second oldest professional sprint in Australia and draws competitors from all parts of the country.
All in all, Macksville is a fantastic place with facilities to make your day-trip, overnight stay or extended holiday a real pleasure.
- Coffee shop, eateries and retail shops
- Fresh food grocers and supermarkets
- River bank picnic areas, BBQ and playground
- River walk and jetty
- Easy access boat ramp
- Rest areas with toilets and disabled access
- Indoor/outdoor/children’s swimming pools and gym
- Wide range of accommodation
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