Best Beaches on the Macleay Valley Coast


We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches on the Macleay Valley Coast. From crystal- clear creeks to uncrowded surf beaches, we give you our tips for enjoying our spectacular coastline.



  1. Trial Bay, South West Rocks


This long stretch of white sand beach is popular with locals and holiday-makers. Like Byron Bay’s main beach, the waters of Trial Bay are predominantly calm and perennially inviting. Find a secluded corner under a tree and relax while you watch the kids play in the shallows or grab your paddle board – if you time it right you might see a whale breaching or moving down the coast with its calf.


  1. Killick Creek, Crescent Head


Killick Creek is famous among visitors who make the annual pilgrimage to the Crescent Head Holiday Park. A favourite pastime among holiday-makers and locals is to float in doughnuts at high-tide. The creek runs out to the famous Crescent Head Point Surfing Reserve, a near-perfect right hander that is perfect for surfers of all abilities.


  1. Hat Head


It doesn’t get much more picturesque than Hat Head, a small town whose lush creek runs out to a calm beach, framed by a forested headland. Hat Head has that coveted holiday vibe year-round – a place to relax, go fishing or explore the headland. Not to be missed by beach lovers!


  1. Horseshoe Bay, South West Rocks


This tiny beach is located right in the heart of South West Rocks, watched over by the spectacularly located Horseshoe Bay Holiday Park. This beach has friendly waves that are great for board riding or body surfing. Best of all, it’s close to the shops so you can enjoy fish and chips on the hill overlooking Horseshoe before jumping in for another dip.


  1. Grassy Head


This little-known gem has a secret fan base of holiday-makers who spend Christmas in the Grassy Head Holiday Park playing cricket and swimming in the beautiful beach, located a stone’s throw from the park. Walk around the headland to find your own rock pools or enjoy an uncrowded surf at the back beach. Grassy Head is a truly untouched paradise.


  1. Point Plomer


If you’re willing to endure a bumpy ride, Point Plomer is well worth it. Located about 15 minutes from Crescent Head along Point Plomer Road, this is a beautiful beach popular with fisherman and campers. Pack your tent or swag and stay right by the water’s edge, waking up to one of the most spectacular sunrises on the coast.