MACKSVILLE is a delightful riverside town on the Pacific Highway and a great place to experience some real country hospitality! The riverside parks and ‘Lily pond’ parkland at the southern end of the town are popular resting places for travellers heading north. Rich in history, the wide Nambucca River now provides many recreational opportunities – sailing, canoeing, jet ski and waterskiing, as well as fishing and rowing. On the northern riverbank you will find a great spot to stop and picnic or launch a boat. Away from the water, Macksville offers a range of tasty food products, arts and craft; and historic country pubs.
Macksville remains the hub of business in the Nambucca Shire where it was once a busy port. Here you will find the Nambucca ShireCouncil Chambers and a very vibrant industrial area – the location of MacNuts where local Macadamia Nuts are processed and you can purchase some of the local produce, especially their Macadamia Oilwhich is great for all forms of cooking.
Macksville Wharf in River Street – A block west of Pacific Highway, winds a road paved in history. Back in the days when the river WAS the road, countless boats plied this section of the Nambucca River. Check out the wharf that was established in the location of the original Macksville Government Wharf as part of a Centenary of Federation project among a collection of arts and crafts at the Council Chambers in Princess Street is a scale model of the SS Nambucca which was lost while crossing the bar at the entrance of the Nambucca River in May 1934, and the wheel of the illegal immigrant boat ZHOU GAN TOU which caused a stir when it landed at nearby Scotts Head in April 1999. Mary Boulton’s Pioneer Cottage and Museum – Discover how the pioneers lived. This house of rough-sawn timber, typical of those used by the early settlers, is on display together with utensils, transport, and tools of trade. Ph. 6568 1280 or 6568 1377.
Historic hotels – Macksville proudly retains two historic hotels: the Star Hotel on River Street and the Nambucca Hotel on the corner of the Pacific Highway and Wallace Street. Opened in 1885, the Star Hotel is the oldest original hotel on the north coast of NSW. Visitors enjoying a wander around the town can sit on the verandah of the Star and watch for dolphins or admire the antiques, old photos and beautiful cedar staircase on display at the Nambucca Hotel.
Macksville Memorial Aquatic Centre has a 50-metre Olympic Pool, gym and an indoor heated hydrotherapy/lap pool. The outdoor pool has a waterslide for kids but is closed in winter. What better place to spend an hour or two to loosen up a stiff back by relaxing in the indoor heated pool.
In Macksville you will find a number of interesting shops. Nambucca River Antiques– Who could resist a stroll through ‘the shop with beautiful things’! The Department Store is a focal point for people from far and wide catering for women’s and men’s fashion with many known brands and a kitchen department that would please any chef. Finishing Touches of Macksville is another popular store where you will find all those finishing touches that makes a house a home and where you will find a great collection of gifts. If you are looking for that special gift or card for a very special occasion Kind Words is a must. Elwood’s Upholstery and Camping is Macksville’s quaintest shop and its old fashioned interior transports you back to years gone by. The Remnant Basket with its collection of quilting fabrics is also popular. No visit to the Nambucca Shire is complete without a visit to the Macksville Shopping Centre where you will find many shops all with good old fashion country hospitality.
Macksville has many little cafes with quite a few situated opposite the Riverbank. One that will take you back to the 1950’s. Macksville Ex-Servicemens Club and Country Club will welcome you.
The Nambucca River District Agricultural Association manages the Rodeo Drive Showground staging the Nambucca Valley Show & TradeFair each year. The Showground facilities are also popular year round with numerous horse events, horsing being a popular sport. The Rusty Iron Rally is held every Father’s Day weekend at the Showground. Macksville has numerous sporting facilities and is the home of the Macksville Gift, the second oldest running race after the Stawell Gift. Macksville – a great place to work, live and play.