Macksville is on the banks of the beautiful Nambucca River, a popular waterway for fishing and boating on the mid North Coast of NSW. You can relax in pretty riverside parks or on the verandah of the historic Star Hotel, which opened in 1885, and spot bottlenose dolphins in the sparkling waters.
A bustling river port until 1953, Macksville’s heritage includes the beautifully restored Star Hotel and the inviting Nambucca Hotel, which opened in 1915. The heritage-listed railway station was built in 1919. For vivid insights into pioneering life, visit the Mary Boulton Pioneer Cottage and Museum.
There are scenic drives to attractions nearby. 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.
Magnificent national parks and stunning ocean beaches are close by, too. Explore the Yarriabini National Park just south of Macksville on the Way Way Creek Road, a picture-postcard touring route that winds through tall subtropical rainforest and over babbling creeks lined with Bangalow palms.
Mountain bike trails snake through the wilderness and at the tranquil Pines picnic area are picnic tables, barbecue facilities and a striking Aboriginal mosaic sculpture. A rainforest walking track departs from the Pines. A short drive away is Yarriabini lookout – the coastal views are spectacular.
East of Macksville is Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park. Join Unkya Local Aboriginal Land Council Eco Tours on a walking tour. Adjacent the surfing and fishing beach is Warrell Creek, which meanders from Macksville past picturesque Scotts Head to merge with the river at Nambucca Heads.
Scotts Head is a wonderful vantage point for whale watching. Humpback whales migrate along the NSW coast between May and November. Accommodation options include a beachside holiday park with caravan and camping sites, or stay at the riverside Nambucca River Tourist Park in Macksville.
Inland is the Dunggir National Park, where you’ll discover three types of rainforest and the Kosekai lookout’s great views of the splendid Nambucca Valley. There are 12 threatened or endangered species in the park, including koalas, yellow-bellied gliders, parma wallabies and powerful owls.