There’s something old-school about the Macleay Valley and its coastline – in a very good way. Here you’ll pass through beachside hamlets that remain distinctly undeveloped, and largely undiscovered, along with spots of sublime natural beauty (that’s you, Hat Head National Park). Then, when you’ve picnicked at secret coves and surfed world-famous Crescent Head, explore the hinterland’s heritage towns, roadside stalls and the tranquil Macleay River.
The Macleay Valley Coast is around a 4.5-hour drive from Sydney and 5.5 hours from Brisbane. You can also catch a train direct from Sydney to Kempsey and the journey takes just over seven hours. There are also daily flights with Qantas and Rex into Port Macquarie Airport, where you can hire a car to explore the region.
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