An aerial view of Nambucca River

5 Things To Do in Nambucca Heads

27 May 2022
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Destination NSW
An aerial view of Nambucca River

Just a half hour’s drive south of Coffs Harbour lies the relaxed seaside town of Nambucca Heads. 

Combining natural beauty with a laid back vibe synonymous with coastal towns, Nambucca Heads is perfect for anyone seeking some breezy R&R.

Once an important port for the ship-building and timber industries, Nambucca today is a favoured destination among Central Coast locals and interstate travellers. Recent investment by the local council has even seen the boardwalk upgraded and colourful storyboards erected along the waterfront, turning the historic town into a wholesome holiday location.

With plenty of affordable and family-friendly activities, Nambucca Heads could be your next weekend or holiday escape!

Here are our top 5 things to do in Nambucca Heads:

Walk along the V-Wall

A couple enjoying a walk along the V-Wall / Credit: Seen Australia

The Nambucca Heads V-Wall is a living, visual history of the thousands of visitors who have stopped by and made their mark. Filled with everything from inspirational quotes to holiday messages (and the occasional declaration of love), these rocks are an ever-evolving monument to the people of Nambucca Heads.

As a creative space, the V-Wall makes for a charming attraction and a nice piece of visual storytelling. Walk along the boardwalk from the Visitor Information Centre near Giinagay Way and meander your way along the riverside past Bellwood Park to find the V-Wall at the mouth of the river. 


Captain Cook’s Lookout

Aerial view of Nambucca River, Nambucca Heads / Credit: Destination NSW

Another favourite attraction, Captain Cook’s lookout offers unparalleled views of the coast over the Nambucca River and toward the beach at Scotts Head. Easy to get to (there are no hills or steps to climb) and ample parking, it’s well worth a stop. Whales and dolphins are also a common sight between May and November each year.

Shelly Beach

Family enjoying a day at Shelley Beach, Nambucca Heads./ Credit: Seen Australia

Just below Captain Cook’s Lookout is Shelly Beach, a perfect spot for a family-friendly day out. With amenities like picnic tables, shaded areas, and public toilets and showers around, Shelly Beach is a great beach to spend a day on with the family. The area is protected from strong winds, which makes it an ideal swimming spot and there are shallow rock pools for little ones to enjoy. 

Nyambagga Walking Trail

A great interpretive walking trail that takes you to the actual head of Nambucca Heads. Respectfully designed to suit its natural surroundings, the Nyambagga Walking Trail provides informative signage along the track that showcases the intrinsic value of the area. Learn about the area’s biocultural history and the heritage of the local Baga-Baga Clan (ocean people) of the Southern Gumbaynggir Indigenous language group. 

Tee-off at Nambucca Heads Island Golf Club

Credit: Tyson Mayr

An errant tee-shot here could be the excitement you’re looking for! Touted as one of Australia’s most unique and scenic golf courses, Nambucca Heads Island Golf Club is on Stuart Island and surrounded on all sides by the Nambucca River. A challenge for experienced golfers but still enjoyable for beginners, we can’t think of another course where you can play 18-holes while watching dolphins swim by! Book now.

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