A drive through the Nambucca Valley will take you to miles of unspoilt beaches, seaside towns, heritage and rural villages, through productive farmland and rainforests to the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. This area rich in natural beauty, history and culture is well worth a visit so detour off the highway and discover the magic that is Nambucca Valley.
Valla Beach is just a couple of minutes off the Pacific Highway and is the perfect hideaway – long sweeping beaches and picture postcard views will ensure you make a return visit. West of the highway is highly productive Valla Rural. Here the tasty Macadamia Nut has replaced the Red Cedar of yesteryear.
Nambucca Heads is a town with something for everyone. The beaches and river lure anglers, surfers, swimmers and boaties. Restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, clubs and taverns have taste delights and views to die for. The history of early settlement is shown in photographs and artefacts at the Headland Museum. Galleries and public art show the many local talents and visitors are invited to leave their art as a postcard on the massive boulders that make up the V Wall. If you want to get physical there’s golf, bowls and tennis plus a gym and indoor sports centre – or miles of walking tracks along the river, through the Gordon Park Rainforest and Nambucca State Forest.
You must take time to visit the heritage town of Bowraville. The wide streets were built for bullock teams and many buildings survive in renovated splendour from the early 1900’s. The Folk Museum is recognised as one of the best in Australia and Frank Partridge VC Military Museum displays the history of Australian Armed Forces. Cafes, galleries, antiques, collectables, a choclatique, plus locals who enjoy a chat will make this a place to remember.
The village of Taylors Arm is the location of the famous Pub With No Beer. Regardless of the words of the song, cool beer is on tap along with other drinks, meals and accommodation. In fact they have their own brewery so sample some very good craft beers! Soak up the picturesque countryside from the wide verandahs and learn about the early timber and farming industries from the many photographs and artefacts decorating the walls.
Macksville is the perfect place for motorists to break their journey – just turn off the highway to relax in the parks on either side of the river or around the billabong at the southern end of town. Better still; drive a few kilometres to the peaceful riverside picnic spots at Gumma or Talarm. Macksville is renown for it’s food – delicious macadamia nut products, award winning sausages, hamburgers too big to get your mouth around, handmade chocolates and creamy fudge. It is also a crafty town - see the finished products or purchase the makings for patchwork & quilting, doll making, beading, scrapbooking, stained glass and much more. The heritage of the area is evident in the Pioneer Cottage and two turn-of-the-century hotels.
Scotts Head has been a popular destination for families and surfers for many years. Main Beach could possibly be Australia’s best – safe for all ages, good waves to ride, clean sandy stretches and accessible headlands. The Caravan Park is also a day recreation area with children’s playground, picnic tables and gas bar-b-cues. Yarriabini National Park with The Pines Picnic Area and Mt Yarrahapinni Lookout are only minutes from Scotts Head, providing welcome relief when you are beached-out
The tiny villages of Eungai Rail & Eungai Creek mark the Nambucca Shire southern boundary. Timber was a prominent industry in earlier days and a drive through the forest and Ngambaa Nature Reserve will provide spectacular views and probable encounters with fauna including wallabies, echidnas, goannas and other reptiles.
Enjoy your stay in the Nambucca Valley!