How To Get Here

The Macleay Valley Coast is located 422km north of Sydney and 502km south of Brisbane, just off the Pacific Highway (exits at South Kempsey and Frederickton)

Please note: all distances and travel times are from Kempsey

Getting here by car

From the South

The Macleay Valley Coast is approximately 4.5 hours drive from Sydney CBD, travelling north on the Pacific Highway. Newcastle is 280km (about 3 hours drive) south on the Pacific Highway and Port Macquarie is 49km (45 minutes) to the south.

From the West

From Tamworth it is 308km (under 4 hours) to the Macleay Valley Coast via the Oxley Highway.

From Armidale the Macleay Valley Coast can be accessed via Waterfall Way (via Dorrigo & Bellingen) the trip being about 254km on sealed roads, approximately 3.25 hours driving time.

From Armidale the Macleay Valley Coast can also be accessed via Armidale Road which is 179km, approximately 3 hours driving time.

Note: Armidale Road west of Bellbrook is not suitable for caravans and large vehicles. The road is unsealed north west of Bellbrook to Joegla and is single lane. Please give way to vehicles travelling down Armidale Road.

From the North

From Brisbane it is 502km (approximately 6 hours drive) on the Pacific Highway, 426km (5 hours) from the Gold Coast and 111km (1 1/2 hours) from Coffs Harbour.


Getting here by train

Two services daily from Sydney stopping at Kempsey travelling to Brisbane and one service which terminates at Grafton.

Two services leave Brisbane daily stopping at Kempsey on the way to Sydney and one service from Grafton daily.

Train Services


Getting here by coach

Premier Motors and Greyhound services run from Sydney to Brisbane along the Pacific Highway. Kempsey has five coach services travelling to Brisbane or Byron Bay and five services travelling south to Sydney daily.

New England Coaches services run from Tamworth to Port Macquarie stopping at Kempsey and Clybucca two days a week (Monday and Friday), connecting the New England area to the North Coast.

Busways offers three services each way from Kempsey to Port Macquarie on weekdays and two services on weekdays during the school holidays.

Busways Services


Getting here by plane

Coffs Harbour & Port Macquarie Airports are the closest Airports to the Macleay Valley Coast. Other airports within three hours drive are Armidale, Taree, Newcastle and Grafton.

Private planes and helicopters may fly into the Kempsey Airport.

There is a bus service from the Port Macquarie Airport and Kempsey with Busways Airport Service and a shuttle service is available through Hastings Shuttle Service.


Getting to South West Rocks by boat

If you are arriving by boat and needing a mooring, South West Rocks is the place to go. Contact the South West Rocks Boat Shed on 02 6566 6618 or 0421 791 989 for fees and availability.


Getting around the Macleay Valley Coast

There are two bus companies which have local bus services throughout the Macleay Valley Coast and one hire car company has vehicles to hire from Kempsey.  Hertz Car Hire