Scotts Head (population 1500) can be seen across the mouth of the river at Nambucca Heads but to get there by car, it’s 10 kilometres off the Pacific Highway and about a 15-minute drive south of Macksville.
Scotts Head is a must-surf destination! Mastering the waves there has seen a number of locals do well on the professional circuit. Softboards can be hired or lessons booked at Scotts Head Surf School. Excellent surf conditions can be found at three beaches.
Main Beach – There could be no more suitable beach for all ages. It offers ideal surf conditions, safe swimming (patrolled during summer school holidays and weekends from October to Easter), miles of squeaky-clean beach for walking, shower and toilet blocks, barbecues, picnic facilities and a children’s playground.
Main (Forster) Beach is particularly suitable for children and those with less experience in the surf. The fine sand builds superb sandcastles, creates a comfortable bed for those who just want to catch some rays, and stretches for miles northwards.
Swimming is not recommended at Little or Wakki Beaches where the surf is steeper and more powerful.
From May to October, the Surf Club Headland and Elephant Head are great spots to watch dolphins and migrating humpback whales – sometimes you can even hear whale songs. Steps lead from the beach carpark to a viewing platform, sealed pathway and a lookout.
Rocky promontories make Scotts Head an ideal rock and beach fishing area. Boat ramps are located at the southern end of Main Beach and at Weir Reserve, Warrell Creek. The creek runs parallel to the coast from Nambucca Heads before turning west around the foothills of Mt Yarrahapinni, and provides 30 km of accessible river for boating, canoeing and kayaking. Fish, birdlife and native animals are in abundance.
Scotts Head Recreation Reserve & Caravan Park provides excellent facilities for both holiday visitors as well as day-trippers. Gas BBQs, picnic tables and food preparation areas are under cover and next door to a children’s playground. Sporting fields, the Scotts Head Bowling & Recreation Club, tennis, basketball and netball courts are available for the energetic while the beach is ideal for beach cricket or volleyball.
You don’t need to bring provisions or a picnic lunch – the bakery, supermarket, takeaway, coffee shop, club bistro and even a local ‘fisho’ will ensure you don’t starve.
Scotts Head offers a range of accommodation options: caravan park with cabins, powered and unpowered sites, a dormitory-style youth centre, motel, B&Bs, units, apartments, holiday houses and luxury villas are all available.
Heading out of town, Mt Yarrahapinni (the big one with antennas on top), Yarriabini National Park and Way Way State Forest are only minutes from Scotts Head, sandwiched between the coast and the Pacific Highway. The picturesque rainforest setting provides an ideal location for families to enjoy some more challenging pursuits – bring your mountain bike, hiking shoes and artistic talents for a COOL holiday to remember!
The gravel road to the summit of Mt Yarrahapinni is accessible in most weather conditions and the superb 360-degree views make the journey worthwhile. The tranquil rainforests with marked walking trails, pebbled creeks, clear waterholes and BBQ/picnic facilities come complete with soaring timbers, ferns, palms wildflowers and interesting wildlife – don’t leave your lunch unattended or the resident goannas will move in!
Take time to discover Scotts Head – you’ll be glad that you did and may even visit the real estate agents to buy your own piece of paradise!