Nambucca Valley & towns
Nambucca Valley, North Coast NSW is a central location on the Pacific Highway halfway between Sydney and Brisbane. The Nambucca Valley is the southern gateway to Sub Tropical Australia. As well as being part of the Pacific Coast Touring Route the Nambucca Valley is the Southern coastal end of the scenic Waterfall Way.
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NAMBUCCA HEADS – (pop 10,000) fabulous beaches only a few minutes off the Pacific Highway. Nambucca Heads is well worth a detour – in fact it has become even more popular since the highway bypassed the main street! An important coastal port with ship building and timber mills as the main industries in the 1800’s and early 1900”s, this is now a major tourist destination for discerning visitors.
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MACKSVILLE – (pop. 6000) a peaceful riverside town on the Pacific Highway; a pleasant place to relax. The riverside parks and the attractive ‘Lily pond’ parkland at the southern entrance to the town are popular resting places for travellers. Rich in history; the wide river provides many recreational opportunities –sailing, canoeing, jet ski & waterskiing, fishing and rowing; tasty food products; art & craft; historic country pubs.
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SCOTTS HEAD – ( pop. 1000) the ‘undiscovered gem’ of the east coast, this seaside village is very popular with visitors and locals alike. In April 1999 a tug carrying Chinese boatpeople landed on the main surf beach. To date this is the most southern landing of the boatpeople.
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BOWRAVILLE – (pop. 1000). A Heritage Town in the centre of the Nambucca Shire. Known as “The Verandah Post Town” as many of the shops in High Street have overhanging verandas. Originally called “Bowra”, the name was changed to avoid confusion with Nowra & Bowral. Arts, crafts, history, culture, horse racing, characters, attractive farmland, mountain rainforests.
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VALLA – Unspoilt beaches, rich rural land and state forests accommodating some mighty giants. Valla Beach is the place for those seeking solitude. Miles of clean sand, shells, driftwood and interesting landforms, including a cave. Valla Smokehouse Priory Parade. Bookings essential 65 69 5534. Discover traditionally smoked products. Macadamia Nut Plantations now cover the hills which were once the home of red cedar. Visits to a Macadamia Plantation can be arranged through Nambucca Macnuts 02 65 68 4210.
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TAYLORS ARM - drive through productive rural land brings you to Australia’s most memorable pub –The Pub with No Beer. Ever since Slim Dusty sang about this place in the 1950’s, people have been visiting to enjoy country hospitality, barbecue lunch and a cold beer! A must visit!!
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– a highway village which might be missed if not for the speed sign! Sutton’s Fruit and Vegie Stall, Pacific Highway. The most southerly stall selling home grown bananas! Bunches of bananas in stock for photos. Great range of local product.Mount Yarrahapinni Lookout
. Turn from highway at Warrell Creek. Unsealed road. Spectacular 360 degree views.
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CONGARINNI – Place of Fog
Rural/ Residential area just west of Macksville along Taylors Arm Road.
Congarinni South Road runs off Taylors Arm Road to the left. Congarinni North Road runs off Talarm Road on the right.
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