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Nambucca Heads

510 km north of Sydney. Turn off Pacific Highway at Riverside Drive (southern entrance) or Link Road (northern entrance).
Main Beach Nambucca Heads – Patrolled Summer Holidays & weekends – October to Easter
Turn East into Ridge St at PO then into Liston St – follow to end.

  • Access ramps from parking area to beach
  • Nambucca Heads Surf Life Saving Club
  • Public toilets and showers
  • Dolphins and whales sometimes close in shore(Spring best for humpback whales)
  • Caravan Park on headland; Apartments, units and holiday houses close to beach
  • Additional parking, lookouts, restaurant, public toilets and museum on headland
  • Surfing, swimming, wind surfing, Para sailing, boogie boarding, sea kayaking– take lessons with Trent Munro Surf Academy
  • Beach walks north and south
  • Bus service from town centre

Shelly Beach, Nambucca Heads – NOT Patrolled
End of Parkes St – turn east into Ridge St at PO then right into Parkes Street

  • A ‘paddling ‘ rather then swimming beach – users must be aware of boats using ramp at southern end
  • Very pretty beach – popular with artists and photographers
  • Ramp access from car park
  • Shade under Casuarinas trees most of day
  • Rock platform – Wellington Rock – at southern end of beach (rock pools and shells)
  • Boat ramp, BBQ and picnic tables
  • Beach fishing and facilities for cleaning your catch
  • Public toilets and showers
  • Captain Cook Lookout above is great for whale and bird watching – in season
  • Sheltered from southerly winds
  • Walking tracks to river entrance and Beilbys Beach
  • Windsurfing and board riding– take lessons with Trent Munro Surf Academy
  • Car park – inc. disabled van and trailer parking

Beilby’s Beach, Nambucca Heads – NOT Patrolled
At Main Beach headland turn into Newry Street and then into Ulrick Drive – follow to end

  • Secluded beach just south of Main Beach
  • Car parking
  • Wide sandy stretches ideal for games and sandcastles
  • Walking track
  • Beach fishing
  • Lookout and picnic facilities of headland above
  • Conditions for surfing, wind surfing and Para sailing– take lessons with Trent Munro Surf Academy
  • Quiet and Uncrowded
  • B&B and s/c accommodation close by
  • Steps and path down from Pilot Street

The Glen, Nambucca Heads –NOT Patrolled 
This is a river beach close to the entrance of Nambucca River at the end of Wellington Drive.
Swimming on the out-going tide at the river entrance V Wall area is extremely dangerous and should not be contemplated.

  • Picturesque pocket of river beach protected by retaining wall
  • Shade trees
  • Estuary fishing
  • Picnic facilities, public toilets, Tavern, Restaurant and Take Away nearby
  • Regular bus service on weekdays
  • Dolphin watching
  • Swimming
  • Wind surfing, board riding and jet ski for experienced persons– take lessons with Trent Munro Surf Academy
  • Paint a Rock on the retaining wall to celebrate your visit
  • Bicycle/Walking path
  • Caravan Park, Cabin and Unit accommodation

Bellwood Park, Nambucca Heads 1km off highway on Riverside Drive -1st street on Left (road to Island Golf Club) this riverside beach has been popular with families for many years.

  • Family safe
  • Shady picnic and BBQ areas, Playground
  • Public toilets and showers
  • Estuary fishing
  • Pontoon
  • Take Away and general store, Caravan Park and motel accommodation close
  • Golf Club & Boat Ramp across causeway
  • Windsurfing – excellent place for beginners– take lessons with Trent Munro Surf Academy
  • Bicycle/Walking path

South Beach, Nambucca Heads
10km north of Main Beach Scotts Head – access only by boat, beach walk or 4WD from Scotts Head (Driving Permit required). This is the beach at the southern mouth of Nambucca River.

  • Remote, no facilities
  • Beach fishing from spit and beach
  • Estuary fishing in Warrell Creek
  • Surfing for experienced board riders

Valla Beach

10 km north of Nambucca Heads turn into Valla Beach Road.
Both beaches are quiet and uncrowded, perfect for beach walks either to Nambucca Heads or Hungry Head. Excellent conditions for fishing, experienced board riders, Para sailing , sail boarding ,sea kayaks, etc. BBQ & picnic areas. Holiday accommodation.

South Valla Beach- Patrolled only during Summer School Holidays.


Follow Valla Beach Road to the end


  • Public toilets and showers
  • Parking- including Disabled
  • Shaded and sheltered areas
  • Short bushwalks
  • Interesting rock formations and beach caves
  • Wide sandy beach – beach games.
 North Valla Beach - NOT Patrolled

From Valla Beach turn left into Henderson St.- park Jones Park, or Left into Buchanan St.-short walk through public reserve to beach.

  • Pristine ‘’horseshoe’’ beach stretching north to Hungry Head
  • Short bushwalk into Jagun Nature Reserve
  • Boarders Nature Reserve
  • Lookouts – whale and dolphin watching in season

 Scotts Head

500km north of Sydney, Turn into Scotts Head 3km south of Macksville or take Tourist Drive from Eungai through Stuarts Point and Grassy Head .This award winning beach is 12km off the highway .

Main(Forster)Beach, Scotts Head –Patrolled summer weekends and holidays.


This ‘north facing’, crescent shaped beach is possibly the best “family beach” on the North Coast – the gradual slope of the seabed allows even tiny tots to play in the surf.
  • Ramp access to beach
  • The sand is ‘squeaky’ clean – perfect for building sandcastles.
  • World champion surfers have learnt to ride the waves here – take lessons with Trent Munro Surf Academy
  • The point is a favourite spot for the malibu’s, wave-skiers and beginners. Conditions are best in the winter months but still popular in summer.
  • Viewing platform and lookout on surf club Headland is ideal spot to view dolphins, whales and sea birds.
  • Caravan park & recreation reserve provides excellent facilities for both long term and day visitors. 
  • Covered, free gas BBQ and picnic facilities; well equipped children’s playground; interesting mosaic art.
  • Parking in Recreation Reserve and near surf club-inc disabled and boat/van parking
  • Beach, rock and estuary fishing (Warrell Creek) and boat ramp for deep sea fishing trips.
  • Bowling and recreation club and tennis, basketball and netball courts
  • Range of holiday accommodation
  • Supermarket, cafes and specialty stores close by
  • Surf ski, wind surfing and jet boating
  • Walking tracks over headlands and along beach
  • The energetic or those seeking solitude should walk northwards along the beach
  • Scotts head is the most southerly East Coast landing of the boat people
  • Yarriabini National Park and Yarrahapinni Mountain Lookout only a short drive away.

Little Beach, Scotts Head – NOT Patrolled

Path from the surf clubhouse or park in Ocean st (opposite PO)
  • All facilities of Recreation Reserves are available
  • Swimming not recommended
  • Ideal place for a picnic or beach games
  • Good waves when the swell is big-steep and powerful, making it a dangerous break for inexperienced surfers.– take lessons with Trent Munro Surf Academy
  • Perfect place to watch the sun rise
  • superb Ocean views from Elephant Head
  • Motel, unit and holiday homes overlook this beach
  • Beach and rock fishing
Wacki Beach, Scotts Head is the most southern beach &suitable only for experienced surfers.






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