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Caravanning Tips

Whether you are towing a caravan or in a slide on camper, camping along the Macleay Valley Coast is an unforgettable experience, offering stunning scenery, pristine beaches, and charming towns along the way. Here are some tips to make the most of your caravan adventure while in our region:

1. Plan your route:

Research and plan your route in advance. Consider stops at popular attractions, coastal and hinterland towns, and national parks along the Macleay Valley Coast. Take note of caravan parks or campsites for overnight stays and keep an eye out for peek seasons/holidays as campsites tend to book out. While you’re researching, check if you require a powered site and the availability.

2. Check road conditions:

Before setting off, check road conditions along your planned route. Some of our roads become dirt to reach National Park Campgrounds, and while this is an exciting adventure, we wouldn’t want you to be caught out.

3. pack essentials:

Ensure you have all the essentials for your trip, including water, camping gear, first aid kit, tools, and spare parts for your caravan. Don’t forget to bring insect repellent, sunscreen, and hats for outdoor activities. We also highly recommend stocking your fridge and pantry as some campsites are a little distance from local shops.

4. hiking/ national park walks:

Be sure to check out the walking tracks. They will take you on the most picturesque headland walks with 360 views. A truly unforgettable experience, be
sure to pack your camera.

5. look out for nature:

The Macleay Valley Coast is known for its natural beauty and diverse ecosystems. Respect the environment by disposing of waste properly, following designated trails, and avoiding damage to flora and fauna.

6. embrace local culture:

Take the time to explore the local culture and history of the towns along the coast. Visit museums, art galleries, and heritage sites to learn about the region’s rich heritage. Stopping into the Slim Dusty Centre (just off the highway, south of Kempsey) if you’re arriving from the south, will provide you with a wealth of knowledge of the region as it is the home of our Visitor Information Centre. The Slim Dusty Centre is also an art gallery, showcasing local and Australian Artists.

7. enjoy outdoor activities:

The Macleay Valley Coast offers a range of outdoor activities such as fishing, snorkeling, supping, surfing, hiking, and birdwatching. Take advantage of these opportunities to immerse yourself in nature and enjoy the scenic beauty of the area. 

8. do a day trip:

The Macleay Valey has so much to offer. No matter where you decide to camp, close by towns with quaint boutiques, delicious fresh food and stunning scenery is a great way to get to know the area. Some of our favourites include Gladstone, Smithtown, Bellbrook and Frederickton. These towns also offer beautiful parks to enjoy, if you have a packed lunch or want to stop for a cuppa. 

9. Avoid the crowds:

If you like your own space, you will always be able to find your own little swimming hole. Take a drive up the Macleay River and you will be delighted with freshwater swimming spots all to yourself. Pack swimmers, a book and your ring floatie. If you keep going, you will reach Bellbrook, head to the Bellbrook Hotel for lunch and check out the town, you won’t be disappointed.

10. leave no trace:

Practice Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the environment. Dispose all your rubbish correctly, avoid unnecessary disturbance to wildlife, and leave the places you visit as you found them for future generations to enjoy.

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