Laidback, low-key and affordable, Nambucca Heads in New South Wales is an authentic beach destination you should definitely explore. Quiet beaches, meandering rivers, inviting climate and incredible island golf course, we say it has everything to make your holiday perfect and worthwhile.


Here, we share all other reasons why we think Nambucca Heads deserves to be on your list of must-visit places.


1. Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park


Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National ParkA perfect day at Gaagal Wanggaan National Park, NSW. Photo:


A unique marine playground, Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) Naational Park offers a variety of fun water activities perfect for adventurers. Have an amazing time kayaking, swimming, boating, fishing, camping, birdwatching, bushwalking – the activities are endless!


2. Nambucca Heads Main Beach


Nambucca Heads Main BeachPristine shores of Nambucca Head's Main Beach. Photo:


Visit Nambucca Head’s gorgeous and most popular beach, with summer surf life-saving patrols and a Surf Club located only meters from the breaking waves. Feel free to take a stroll along the pristine shore, admire the beautiful panorama or simply enjoy the day swimming, surfing and relaxing along the golden sands of the beach. 


3. Nambucca V Wall


Nambucca V WallColourful rockss at V Wall in Nambucca Heads, NSW. Photo: gusha


As you stroll along the waterfront at Nambucca Heads, see the decorated rocks of the breakwater which holidaymakers and residents have decorated for decades. There are notes to lovers, families and others. Visitors are also encouraged to paint their own messages.


4. Dunggir National Park


Dunggir National ParkStunning views from Kosekai Lookout at Dunggir National Park. Photo:


Enjoy scenic driving routes, a stellar lookout, quiet picnic spots and bushwalking for serious hiking at Dunggir National Park. Take a scenic drive to the top of Bowra Sugarloaf Mountain and from Kosekai Lookout, enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding forests and all the way to the coast.


5. Valla Beach


Valla BeachRock feature at Valla Beach, NSW. Photo:


Enjoy the quiet and uncrowded beaches of both South and Valla Beach. Besides the pristine shores and golden sands, they offer amazing beach activities such as parasailing, surfing, fishing, sea kayaking and sail boarding.


6. Headland Historical Museum


Headland Historical MuseumMemorabilias from the town's past. Photo:


Whether you're into history or nostalgia, a visit to the Headland Historical Museum will pique your curiosity and fascinate you. It has a collection of local history exhibits including a collection of more than 1,000 photos.


7. Yarriabini National Park


Yarriabini National ParkStunning views from Mt Yarriabini, NSW. Photo:


Yarriabini National Park invites visitors to relax and enjoy the dramatic and magnificent coastal views to the Macleay River estuary and Trial Bay from the summit of Mt Yarriabini. Go on a scenic drive,take a rainforest walk and watch the amazing birdlife in this lush and spectacular rainforest-filled park.


8. Captain Cook’s Lookout


Captain Cook’s LookoutBeautiful coastal views from Captain Cook's Lookout. Photo:


Located beneath the Smoky Cape Lighthouse, Captain Cook’s Lookout offers a magnificent view of the Pacific ocean and is a perfect viewpoint for spotting whales during the migration season.


9. Nambucca River Tourist Park


Nambucca River Tourist ParkFamily kayaking at Nambucca River Tourist Park. Photo:


Nambucca River Tourist Park is a one-stop holiday park with caravan and camping sites, self-contained cabins and luxury villas. Experience the park’s amenities such as a giant jumping pillow, putt-putt golf and private fishing jetty and boat ramp. Other facilities include a giant outdoor chess, games room, lawn bowls, golf driving range, kayaks and pedal bikes.


10. Shelly Beach


Shelly BeachA perfect sunny day at Shelly Beach, NSW. Photo:


Listed as one of Australia’s top beaches, the pretty Shelly Beach is a great place to relax and unwind. It might be a small beach (only measuring 500 metres!) but its beauty has been popular with artists and photographers.


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