There are many short bushwalks and longer trails to enjoy in the Nambucca Valley. Some easier walking paths have been included to enable everyone – even those in wheelchairs, to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Nambucca Shire Council has placed garden seats at various locations so that you can sit and enjoy the natural beauty.
KYEEWA Bushwalkers conduct regular day walks and campouts – contact Nick Kirkwood 6569 5627.
Nambucca Valley Birdwatchers conduct walks every month – contact Neville 6568 9920
Some simple safety measures will ensure your enjoyment.
- Solo walking can be dangerous so try to arrange a party of at least 4 people if possible – particularly on longer walks. In the case of an accident, two can go for help while someone remains with the patient.
- Stick to used tracks and paths whenever possible.
- Dress for the conditions – practical footwear is essential.
- Know where you are going – take a map; and tell someone your plans.
- Take some rations, a water bottle and a jacket – add a compass for more isolated areas.
- If you become lost, keep calm. Sit down and plan logically – use your map and recollections of the country already traversed to plan the best route to safety.
- Don’t rely on your mobile phone – reception is sporadic, but you can be surprised sometimes!
Some ‘nasties’ to be aware of include
- Ticks – most common during the drier late winter and spring months, these parasites are found in thick scrub and grassland. Wearing long sleeves, long trousers and a hat is recommended.
- Leeches are common in shady, damp locations – they are generally harmless and should be pulled off as soon as they are noticed. Bleeding and itching will occur – a dab of Tea Tree Oil is recommended.
- Stinging Trees – found in rainforests, often laden with staghorns, elkhorns and orchids. The large circular leaves are covered with fine, stinging hairs. Recognise this plant and steer clear as contact can be very painful.
- Snakes – the chances of being bitten are remote since most only strike when threatened. If you see a snake, stay well clear and take care when climbing over logs or rocks.
Some very important Bush Ethics
- Leave the area undisturbed. Remove all rubbish and bury human waste well away from water supplies.
- Take note of any fire regulations. Camp fires must be completely extinguished before leaving.
- Do not pollute streams with soaps or detergents.
- Always request permission in advance to cross private property, an
- Do leave gates as you find them, if found closed, shut them after use, if they were open, leave them open.
- Leave only footprints, take only photographs.
Some Suggested Walks
- Nambucca Heads – Pacific Highway to V Wall -- About 3 kilometers, suitable for wheelchairs
A sealed pathway commences from the front of Nambucca Plaza Shopping Centre: North beside the highway and under the bridge, past the Nambucca Valley Visitor Information Centre, a boardwalk from the Visitor Centre on the river connects to Bellwood Park and the Golf Club then beside Riverside Drive until Anzac Park. The pathway & boardwalks then follow the river to the rivermouth. Over the years the boulders making up the breakwall have become ‘rock postcards’ where visitors paint messages
- The Rainforest walk on Wellington Drive, Nambucca Heads
- Picnic facilities & walking tract at Cedar Park in Ngambaa Nature Reserve
- Kosekai Lookout in Dunggir National Park
- Mt Killiekrankie in New England National Park
- Leagues Scrub, a rainforest patch along Horseshoe Road in New England National Park