On the banks of the beautiful Nambucca River, Macksville offers the perfect holiday spot for fishing and boating on sparkling waterways and enjoying wonderful natural attractions. Relax in the riverside parks or on the verandah of the historic Star Hotel and spot bottlenose dolphins in the sparkling waters.

A runabout on the calm Nambucca River, Macksville

Heritage in Macksville

A bustling river port until 1953, Macksville’s heritage also includes the inviting Nambucca Hotel, which opened in 1915 and the heritage-listed railway station, built in 1919. For vivid insights into pioneering life, visit the Mary Boulton Pioneer Cottage and Museum.

Just west in Taylors Arm is the Pub with No Beer, made famous by country music singer Slim Dusty's hit song with the same name. Just north in Bowraville is more heritage, from the verandahs on the main street to the Frank Partridge VC Military Museum.

A sunrise peeks through clouds, Yarriabini lookout, NSW, Australia

Outdoor adventures

Explore the Yarriabini National Park on the Way Way Creek Road, a touring route that winds through tall subtropical rainforest. Mountain bike trails also wind through the wilderness. Relax at the tranquil Pines picnic area, near the rainforest walking track. A short drive away is spectacular Yarriabini lookout.

East of Macksville is Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park. Join Unkya Local Aboriginal Land Council Cultural Eco Tours on a walking tour. The surfing and fishing beach is Warrell Creek, which meanders from Macksville past picturesque Scotts Head to merge with the river at Nambucca Heads.

Tourists learning the local knowledge of the Gumbaynggirr people on an Unkya Cultural Eco Tour at Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park, Scotts Head

Whale watching and wildlife

Scotts Head is a wonderful vantage point for whale watching between May and November. Inland is the Dunggir National Park and the Kosekai lookout’s great views of the splendid Nambucca Valley, with many endangered species including koalas, yellow-bellied gliders and parma wallabies.

Getting there and where to stay

Macksville is an easy 40min drive south from Coffs Harbour and just over an hour’s drive north of Port Macquarie. There are daily flights to Coffs Harbour Airport and also a train from Sydney. Accommodation options include a beachside holiday park or the riverside Nambucca River Tourist Parkin Macksville.


Coffs Harbour Airport

Fly into Coffs Harbour Airport

Coffs Harbour Airport is 4km from Coffs Harbour’s town centre. Use the shuttle bus and taxi services at the front of the terminal, or riding-sharing Uber, to make the short trip into the city. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

QantasLink, Virgin and Rex operate direct flights between Sydney and Coffs Harbour. QantasLink and Link Airways operate direct flights between Brisbane and Coffs Harbour. QantasLink and Virgin operate direct flights between Melbourne and Coffs Harbour.

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