Positioned on a headland at the mouth of the Nambucca River, Nambucca Heads is a charming coastal town overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Meaning “entrance to waters” in the Indigenous tongue, Nambucca Heads offers an array of spectacular beaches and tranquil rivers that provide exciting outdoor activities.
Things to do in Nambucca Heads
Nambucca Heads’s beautiful year-round weather is complemented by alfresco cafes and restaurants lining the riverfront. Explore the V-Wall Outdoor Gallery, a break wall where you’re encouraged to leave a personal mark.
Want to play a round of golf surrounded by water? Head to the Island Golf Club, positioned on Stuart Island in the river estuary. It offers 18 challenging holes and the opportunity to spot sea eagles, osprey and Brahminy kites that regularly soar overhead.
Visit Gaagal Wanggaan National Park to go kayaking, fishing or swimming along its stunning coastline. Explore one of the beach trails that lead over the national park’s coastal dunes and into the littoral rainforest and wildlife-filled estuarine mangroves.
Spend an afternoon hiking among the soaring eucalypts of Dunggir National Park, which lies inland from Nambucca Heads. Soak up the views over the Nambucca Valley from the Kosekai lookout while keeping an eye out for wompoo fruit doves, yellow-bellied gliders and koalas.
Getting around Nambucca Heads
Nambucca Heads is around 30 minutes’ drive south of Coffs Harbour or around 5.5 hours’ drive north of Sydney. Nambucca Heads Station connects the town to destinations both north and south, but having your own vehicle offers greater flexibility.