Paradise awaits on the Macleay Valley Coast
Set on one of the most pristine stretches of coastline in Australia and boasting an abundance of untouched national parks and sparkling beaches, the Macleay Valley Coast is a slice of paradise on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales and what better way to explore this region than setting up base at one of the beachside Macleay Valley Coast Holiday Parks.
No matter what area you want to discover while visiting, the Macleay Valley Coast Holiday Parks are the perfect place to set up camp, unhitch the caravan or spend the night in a cabin. Offering five beachside locations along the coast between Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour including Crescent Head Holiday Park, Stuarts Point Holiday Park, Grassy Head Holiday Park, Horseshoe Bay Holiday Park and Hat Head Holiday Park, you’ll always find a serene spot to soak up the small town charm year-round.
Horseshoe Bay Holiday Park at South West Rocks
Known as an angler’s paradise, surfer’s delight, bushwalker’s haven and a wildlife enthusiast’s dream, each of these areas are filled with outdoor activities, plenty of sunshine and historic attractions simply waiting to be enjoyed.
If chasing an endless summer of riding waves is your ideal holiday, the 80kms of coastline featuring hidden beaches, uncrowded breaks, long rides and a National Surfing Reserve at Crescent Head will make the Macleay Valley Coast a must stop location on your next surfing pilgrimage. The township of Crescent Head is a mecca for both long boarders and short boarders, with the point beach serving up a right-hand break which is known to run for 400 meters plus in the right conditions.
The coast is the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature with a seemingly endless number of lush bushlands and national parks waiting to be explored, flowing rivers allowing you to kayak for hours and breathtaking coastal walking trails offering views as far as the eye can see. Start your journey with a scenic drive down to the coast by turning off the highway at Kempsey and cruising through the Hat Head National Park before taking in the cool coastal forests of the Limeburners Creek Nature Reserve, Goolawah Reserve and the Arakoon State Forest.
For those who prefer to cast a line you’re also in luck with offshore, river and estuary options available, all providing a plentiful supply of bream, whiting, flat head, mud crabs and more. The locals tip is to head to Stuarts Point, which is set on the banks of the Macleay River and almost always guarantees you’ll be leaving with dinner. Offshore, the many reefs draw anglers from all over the East Coast to chase marlin through the summer months.
Home to a unique and intriguing history, the region is also bursting with significant landmarks from educational museums to towering lighthouses and hauntingly beautiful gaols. Two of the most iconic of these are the incredible ruins of the Trial Bay Gaol, which in August transforms into an art gallery for the annual Sculpture in the Gaol festival, and the Smoky Cape Lighthouse, which has been guiding ships off the coast since 1891.
So what are you waiting for? Dive in, book a stay and escape to the Macleay Valley Coast for your next getaway.