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Boasting a variety of beachfront accommodation options for luxury travellers and backpackers alike, Nambucca Heads is a destination that caters to water lovers on all budgets. The town is situated approximately 5 hours from Sydney on the northern coast of New South Wales. In addition to the lovely sandy beaches, this holiday destination is set right at the mouth of the scenic Nambucca River. In fact, the waterway options in the area lead to the name of the town; Nambucca is derived from the aboriginal word that roughly translates to "entrance to the waters." Throughout the year, the region is blessed with many sunny days and a comfortable climate that sees average temperatures of approximately 27 C in the summer and 18 C in the winter.
There are three beaches to choose from while staying in Nambucca Heads: Main Beach, Shelley Beach and Beilby's Beach. Because of the town's low year-round population (under 7,000 residents), the beaches are never too crowded and provide plenty of space for holidaymakers to enjoy themselves both on the shore and in the water. Beachside strolls are a popular option in Nambucca Heads, as the golden sands provide a beautiful walkway against the stunning blue water. All of the beaches in town have a rather slow and steady surf, which means that swimmers are safe to explore. This being said, beginning surfers are thrilled with the low waves that crash into the shoreline. For safety, main beach is patrolled during the summer months.
For travellers that prefer freshwater exploration, the Nambucca River is a great alternative to the ocean. Here, fishing, swimming and boating are all popular options. The wide waterway provides the perfect platform for houseboat cruises. With their popularity, holidaymakers even have the option to stay on one of the houseboats. Another swimming option, and a great place to try out canoeing and kayaking, is the estuary. The calm and steady flow of the water makes a safe haven. Around the inland water options is some of the best camping in the region. Tent campers and caravan park patrons enjoy looking over beautiful scenic views and experiencing the best of natural Nambucca Heads.
In and around the Nambucca Heads region, there are a number of national parks from which to observe nature at its finest. Dunggir National Park is one of the most expansive and popular parks in the region, and because dunggir means koala, visitors can expect to see a high population of these cuddly creatures in the trees. With a total of approximately 12 threatened animal species and over 400 native plants, there is plenty to see in the park. There are three different types of rainforest in Dunggir and several lookout points, including Kosekai Lookout, from which to see it all. Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park is another popular stop of holidaymakers, with its pristine coastal scenery, mangroves, dunes, rainforest and more. This park is also ideal for camping in and includes many trails, fishing holes and boat launch points.
While this is a smaller town, Nambucca Heads is not lacking interesting sites. Outdoor art galleries add a quirky touch to this holiday destination and allow visitors to get a better look at the culture of the area. The V-wall is a long grouping of rock on the town's breakaway wall. Many of the rocks are painted with messages and unique motifs, and visitors are invited to bring their own art supplies along to customize some pieces of their own. The V-wall is ever changing and evolving. The ocean-inspired mosaic in town is another must-see art piece in Nambucca Heads. Covered in colourful tiles, glass and even organic material, the long stretch of art is easy to spot and a popular stop of holidaymakers. A war memorial and plenty of charming little shops are other stops that give a better glimpse inside Nambucca Heads.
Whether you are a backpacker just passing through or a beach bum looking to catch some waves, Nambucca Heads is the perfect place for a laid-back holiday. With an environment that revolves around the splendour of nature, the town is truly a breath of fresh air.