We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches on the Macleay Valley Coast. From crystal- clear creeks to uncrowded surf beaches, here are our picks for enjoying this spectacular coastline.
1. Point Plomer, Crescent Head
Point Plomer is a popular surfing, swimming and fishing beach that attracts hordes of campers during holiday season. Located near Crescent Head, the beach offers a fantastic right-hand point break for surfers and clean, calm swimming conditions that make it ideal for families and children. Take a walk to the top of the headland to spot Plomer’s resident playful pod of dolphins surfing or enjoy a long stroll to the end of the beach.
Better still, book a night or five in the beachside campground and wake up to the sound of gentle waves almost lapping on your doorstep.
2. tHE point & Killick Creek, Crescent Head
It’s a summertime tradition for many families to pack up the inflatable floaties and make the pilgrimage to Crescent Head for lazy days spent floating in the creek (the lucky ones chance upon a king tide and fly down the creek at record speeds!). The creek runs out to the ocean, joining the Crescent Head Surfing Reserve – a world-famous surfing location with a phenomenal right-hand wave.
3. DELICATE NOBBY, Crescent Head
Escape the crowds in Crescent Head and drive to Delicate Nobby Beach, where you’ll find your own rock pools to play and snorkel in. Delicate is also one of the few beaches that allow dogs off-leash.
4. Hat Head and Korogoro Creek
A hot spot for families and fishermen, the turquoise Korogoro Creek is a sight to behold at high tide. Pack your snorkels and fishing gear and set up on the sand beside the creek for a day in the great outdoors. In summer, snorkelers will spot tropical fish that won’t be seen any further south than Hat Head. The beach itself is also safe for kids and patrolled during the holidays.
5. Horseshoe Bay, South West Rocks
Location, location, location! The picturesque Horseshoe Bay is a stone’s throw from the centre of town, making it a delightful spot to dine on fish and chips whilst watching the waves. The safe little cove is patrolled on weekends and during school holidays and is a wonderful place for a refreshing dip.
6. Main Beach, South West Rocks
Main Beach is a gloriously long stretch of sand that runs for 3.5 kilometres to Trial Bay, allowing you to find your own patch of perfectly white sand. This beach is patrolled during summer and school holidays.
7. Trial Bay, South West Rocks
Trial Bay is protected from the swell by a purpose-built break wall, making it almost always calm and great for kids. This beach is also one of the few places on the east coast where it’s possible to watch the sun set over the water.
8. Grassy Head
This little-known treasure has a secret fan base of holiday-makers who spend Christmas in the Grassy Head Holiday Park playing cricket and swimming at the beautiful beach just over the dunes. Walk around the headland to find your own rock pools or enjoy an uncrowded surf on the southern side of Grassy Head.
9. Racecourse Beach, Crescent Head
Quiet, expansive, beautiful and often windswept – this is the second beach you’ll come to on Point Plomer Road and the perfect place to escape to if you want a solitary walk or surf.
10. Gap Beach, South West Rocks
An adventurer’s paradise, Gap Beach can only be accessed by 4WD or by hiking the Smoky Cape Trail. Just be aware that the beach is not patrolled.