is the holiday destination many adults remember from childhood.
The two top activities for the young must be painting a rock on the V Wall at Nambucca River entrance or catching your first fish! Many regular visitors add to their rock each time they are in town and this colourful spectacle provides an interesting walk.
Children are not encouraged to fish from the breakwall; Stuart Island provides a safer alternative. Bellwood Park beach is sited in an inlet of the main river. It is family friendly area – BBQ’s, picnic tables, toilets, showers, playground equipment and safe swimming.
Main Beach is patrolled during the summer holidays and at weekends from October to Easter. Coastal Curves Surf Shop provides board hire, snorkel gear and all surfing requirements.
Boats can be hired from Beachcomber Marine - this is also the place for information regarding the best fishing spots.
Canoe hire is available, please contact us for details.
Although Shelly Beach is an attractive location with shade from the summer heat, it is a boat launch and retrieve area – swimmers and paddlers should keep out of the water at the southern end of the beach. The rock platform linking Shelly Beach and the river entrance is a great place to explore at low tide but always be alert for the incoming tide.
All ages will enjoy the walk from Nambucca Plaza to the V Wall – it is always possible to see shoals of young fish and sometimes a dolphin will swim by. Gordon Park is beside the walking path just around from the RSL Club. It is ideal for a picnic or BBQ by the river. The playground and Gordon Park Rainforest walking trails are close by.
Children will love to discover the many colourful creatures that make up Nambucca’s Mosaic Mural at the front of the Police Station in the main street – always give the octopus a pat!
During school holidays in particular, Nambucca Plaza Cinema presents special children’s programs. The latest releases show in air conditioned comfort throughout the year.
Main Beach is very child friendly and patrolled during summer holidays and at weekends and public holidays from October long weekend until Easter. The gradual slope of the seabed allows even toddlers to play in a protected area at the southern end of the beach and the fine, clean sand builds superb sandcastles.
The uncrowded northern end of the beach is perfect for games of volleyball, cricket or simply throwing a Frisbee.
The playground, on the right as you enter the Caravan Park and Day Recreation Area, is probably the best in the region. It is part shaded in summer and close to the main BBQ & picnic area.
Children will love to climb the steps to the Viewing Platform on the Surf Club Headland. From here and along the path that links to a Lookout, you are often able to look down on dolphins, seabirds and sometimes even whales.
is a good place to break the refrain “Are we there yet?”
Pull into Lion’s Park
(western side of the highway north of the river) for toilets, picnic tables, BBQ’s, boat ramp and children’s playground. Walk off the travelling cramps by crossing the bridge to this charming town.
As you wander the main square you will find a retro café featuring all the old fashioned delights; ice cream parlour; fudge & lolly shop; butchers shops that sell Australia’s best sausages; many art & craft outlets, coffee shops, bakeries and all the general stores.
The kids may like to go fishing while Mum & Dad relax in the park – keep an eye open for dolphins swimming upriver.
The Olympic Pool on the southern side of town is a welcome spot on a summer’s day. The park with a billabong just opposite will interest children and adults alike.
Museums are not normally top of a child’s visiting list but they are sure to enjoy the Folk Museum in Bowraville. Here they can touch exhibits – sit on a ‘side saddle’; wonder at the weird and wonderful appliances Grandma & Grandpa used; or start up the old milking machine and even feel how the inside of the milking cup squeezed the cow’s teats.
Older children will find collections at Frank Partridge VC Military Museum very interesting.
During school holidays children's entertainment is often staged at the heritage Bowraville Theatre.
McKay Park, on the riverbank at the northern end of High Street, has playground equipment and space for families to enjoy a picnic.
At Goldie Park, families can wander along the bank of South Creek or enjoy a picnic in the shade of enormous trees.
The long beaches at Valla are ideal for beach games or exploration walks – there is even a rock overhang cave to check out! The rock pools contain many sea creatures (look but don't touch) - and you can often find interesting driftwood.
Valla Lions Club conduct Valla Fair on the 1st Sunday in January. This is a great day for all the family.
Yarriabini National Park
is the perfect escape when the family is “beached-out”. Only minutes from Scotts Head and about ½ an hour from Nambucca Heads. Kids usually enjoy the creek crossings - will Dad get stuck? - except after heavy rain these are quite safe if you drive carefully.
The Pines Picnic Area at the base of Mt Yarrahapinni is a delightful place to explore and observe nature. A family of goannas have lived here for many years - check the footprints under the picnic tables!
Walk along the trails or paddle in the clear mountain stream - you will probably find some 'pine forest moss' and some colourful fungi.
Enjoy a BBQ lunch or picnic but don’t leave your food unattended, as the resident Goannas are very inquisitive - and remember to take all your rubbish home.
Local Aboriginal artists have completed a mosaic Rock of Art - how many different animals can you see?
As you drive along the bush roads in this southern part of our shire, keep alert for wallabies, echidnas and some interesting lizards.
Cedar Park, in Ngambaa Nature Reserve, is a shady picnic area that takes its name from a large stand of red cedar trees just across the creek from the picnic tables. A short walking track leads into the surrounding forest where you may hear lyrebirds and rainforest pigeons.
Pubs are not the normal place for children but the Pub With No Beer Brewery is different. Here they can learn from photos and artefacts and even see a sample of the giant trees that were logged in the surrounding forests. A playground and sports oval opposite the famous hotel provides plenty of 'run around' space.
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service conduct a program of Discovery Walks, Talks & Tours during school holiday periods. Ask at the Visitor Information Centre for a program.
Just north in Coffs Harbour are some more commercial attractions including - Pet Porpoise Pool, Butterfly House, The Big Banana, Clog Barn.
Enjoy your holiday and have fun!
Nambucca Valley Visitor Information Centre