If you’re reading this, you’ve probably watched our latest show and now you’re champing at the bit to explore the Macleay Valley Coast in New South Wales.
The area is a paradise for Creek–to–Coasters! At your fingertips –boating, camping, fishing, four-wheel driving, surfing and epic coastal walks … just to name a few!
From Brisbane, it’s a 5 hour drive down the east coast and from Sydney it’s 4 and a half hours north. The region stretches from Grassy Head in the north to Crescent Head in the south.
Traveling by car is one of the best ways to experience the area and the good news is that there are plenty of places to stay along the way. So, hop in your fourbie, hook up the van and grab your fishing rods because we’re heading on a road trip!
Grassy Head Holiday Park:
If you’re traveling from Brisbane, your first stop will most likely be Grassy Head Holiday Park. Here, there are no fancy frills, just back-to-basics camping in an incredible location! (Honestly, wait ‘til you see this place!)
This is where lush green meets the big blue. One of the many perks when you stay here is direct beach access, so you can forget about loading up the car with all your beach gear. Just drag your body boards down to the beach with a coldie in hand, of course. There are comfortable cabins and bungalows to stay in or set yourself up at one of the caravan or camping sites.
Stuarts Point Holiday Park:
Stuarts Point Holiday Park is just a short drive from Grassy Head. It sits right on the banks of the Macleay River, making it the ideal spot for relaxing by the water. However, if sitting still is not your style, a paddle is just an arm–stretch away. Kayaks are available from reception and here’s a tip – keep an eye out for the resident dolphins because they’re known to pop up and say hello!
Horseshoe Bay Holiday Park:
Horseshoe Bay Holiday Park is right in the heart of South West Rocks and when it comes to beachfront holiday parks, it doesn’t get much better than this!
If you love getting out on the water then make sure you pay SWR SUP a visit. They’ll set you up with a paddleboard so you can explore Back Creek which you can practically see from your van’s front door.
The town itself is a great place to explore. It has a rich history and there are a couple of attractions we recommend you visit.
The remains of Trial Bay Gaol stand out on a rocky headland, just a few minutes from town. The gaol is more than 130 years old and is an incredible place to explore. It was built as a public works prison which meant the inmates were put to labour building a breakwater, making Trial Bay a safe harbour between Sydney and Brisbane. The gaol is open to the public from 9 AM to 4:30 PM daily and there is a small entry fee.
Smoky Cape Lighthouse is an iconic landmark in town. The lighthouse was designed by James Barnet, who also designed the Cape Byron Lighthouse. It’s a steep, but short walk to get to the top and we assure you, the views will be well worth the huffing and puffing!
There’s even a slice of history to be discovered at the local pizzeria. Pilot Station Pizza was named after the State Heritage listed Pilot Station which still stands today. Their pizzas are to die for so definitely don’t leave town without trying one (or five)!
Hat Head Holiday Park:
This is what camping dreams are made of! Hat Head Holiday Park really has it all going on – crystal clear creek, open beach around the corner and incredible coastal walks. There are comfortable cabins to sleep in, as well as caravan and camping sites available.
If you love offroad adventures, make sure you check out the Hat Head to Crescent Head beach drive. You’ll need to organise a beach permit before you hit the sand. Access to the track can be found just near Hungry Gate Campground which is only 10 minutes from the Holiday Park.
Crescent Head Holiday Park:
We’re guessing that if you’re a keen surfer, you’ve probably already heard of Crescent Head. The point break is known to have some of the longest Malibu waves around so be sure to pack your longboard! For those who would like to learn a thing or two from the longboard masters, sign up for a lesson with Crescent Head Learn to Surf School.
If you’re looking for front row seats to the sets rolling in, Crescent Head Holiday Park is a must! It’s in the most incredible location, with cafes, the creek and the Crescent Head Country Club Golf Course all within walking distance.
If you’re a self-sufficient traveler, there are caravan and camping sites available. But if you’d prefer not to lift a finger… the newly built Superior Villas are perfect! There are 2 and 3 bedroom Villas available – complete with all the creature comforts including a dishwasher, aircon, Smart TV and an outdoor barbeque.
So, what are you waiting for?
To book a stay at any one of the Macleay Valley Coast Holiday Parks, click here. Happy holidaying!