|Macleay Valley RSL Club
|Kempsey Town Centre
|South West Rocks
Towns Near By
|South West Rocks
13 Lachlan St
Kempsey, NSW 2440 [map]
Phone: 02 6562 4294
Reason To Stay
|All rooms are non smoking
|Air-conditioned with pedestal fan and opening windows
|30 channels Foxtel in Deluxe Queen and Twin
|Secure onsite parking
Kempsey Local Area
Explore the Attractions around Greater Port Macquarie
Away from the beach, there are plenty of activities to cater for people of all interests and ages. Tackle the action and adventure of a high speed boat or 4WD tour, relax on a scenic river cruise, or take the family to one of our many attractions designed to excite and enthuse both kids and adults alike. Shopping and art enthusiasts will delight in our boutique shops, galleries, art and crafts centres, while history buffs will love exploring our sign-posted heritage walking trail and museums. Whatever your pace, you'll be able to come out of your shell and find plenty to enjoy in Greater Port Macquarie.
Just 19kms south east of Kempsey and 440 kms north of Sydney, you'll find the seaside village of Crescent Head. Crescent Head offers magnificent water views, as the village fronts Killick Creek and the ocean, and is surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of Hat Head National Park.
Crescent Head Beaches
Crescent Head has the best swimming and fishing on the Mid North Coast at Killick Creek and Crescent Head main beach. The surfing beaches at Crescent Head include Main Beach, Back Beach, Goolawah Reserve Beach Big Hill, Delicate Nobby and Racecourse Beach.
Crescent Head really is famous for its fantastic surfing beaches, and many visitors come to Crescent Head especially for the surfing. You can also enjoy some really great spots for rock, beach, creek and deep sea fishing here at Crescent Head.
Crescent Head offers so much for the holiday tourist staying a while or the day tripper. You can play a round of golf at the Crescent Head Country Club, on one of the most picturesque golf courses on the Mid North Coast, right on the ocean.
Crescent Head is also a well-respected surfing destination which offers good fishing both from the beach and the rocks, and perhaps you would like to kick start your day by enjoying a freshly squeezed fruit juice at the Crescent Head Fruit Shop in Rankine Street.
Gladstone and Smithtown
Smithtown and Gladstone are twin towns separated by the Macleay River. Located on the left bank, Smithtown was known for some time as West Gladstone. When the member for Hastings-Macleay, Robert Burdett Smith, secured a Post Office for the township it was a tribute to him that the name Smithtown was gazetted in 1877.
The land on which the township was settled was once part of Seven Oaks Station leased in 1840 by Major Henry Oakes, the first Commissioner for Crown Land on the Macleay.
Amongst early families associated with land ownership at Smithtown are the names Croad, Hoy and Christian.
Hat Head National Park, near Kempsey, is a place of exceptional beauty. The beaches, sand dunes, rainforest and wetlands offer an ideal backdrop for bushwalking, camping or a quiet picnic.
Smoky Cape lighthouse with its stunning coastal views, be sure to take a guided tour.
There are lots of walking tracks to choose from, excellent fishing and whale watching. Birdwatchers can look for black swans and spoonbills in the park’s wetlands, hawks and eagles soaring above beach cliffs and shorebirds like curlews and plovers around the beach
Jerseyville was named in 1891 after the Earl of Jersey, Governor of New South Wales 1891-1893. Prior to this it had been known as Robinson’s Wharf, Spencer’s Creek and Pelican Island.
In 1869 George Robinson had acquired land where Jerseyville now stands. He subdivided part of his land in 1886 to form a township. Robinson and his brother started a river-boat service between his farm wharf and Kempsey hence the name Robinson’s Wharf. The wharf was the first important stop for steamers after entering the Macleay River. The wharf became a public wharf and it was here that passengers disembarked for South West Rocks.
South West Rocks
At the entrance of the Macleay River and only a 35km scenic drive north of Kempsey, South West Rocks is situated approximately half way between Sydney and Brisbane.
South West Rocks is a perfect tourist destination with a great variety of accommodation, beautiful foreshores, beaches and shopping.
South West Rocks offers a great variety of magnificent beaches with breathtaking coastal scenery in the Macleay Valley Coast and is situated at the entrance to the Macleay River.
Beaches include: Horseshoe Bay, Main Beach, Trial Bay, South West Rocks Back Beach and Lighthouse Beach, Little Bay, Gap Beach and North Smoky Beach.
For water lovers South West Rocks offers: Swimming ~ Fishing ~ Boat Hire ~ Charter Deep Sea Fishing ~ River Fishing River Cruises ~ Catamaran Hire ~ Sailboard Hire ~ Surfing ~ Sailing Scuba Diving ~ Snorkelling
South West Rocks is surrounded by National Parks where you will find fantastic bush walks, some of which hug the South West Rocks coastline. Hat Head National Park is 6445 hectares large with camping facilities at Smoky Cape and Hungry Head and is a bird watching haven with good bushwalking areas. Arakoon State Recreation Area covers an area of 175 hectares and is 4km east of South West Rocks.
Stuarts Point was once the first port of call for vessels which entered the river beside Grassy Head the old entrance to the Macleay River.
It was named after John Stuart, a shipbuilder who built ships near the old entrance in the days of the cedar trade on the river.
During the latter part of the 19th Century Stuarts Point was a busy place with schooners, ketches and small steamers of shallow draught putting in to the settlement. The Government wharf was the scene of much activity as vessels loaded and unloaded.
Adjacent to the wharf was Hennessy’s sawmill to which hardwood logs were brought by bullock teams from the forests of Eungai, Yarrahapinni and Barranganyatti. Others were conveyed to the mill by log punts from the then navigable Clybucca Creek.
The activity at Stuarts Point began to decline in the 20th Century with the opening of the river new entrance at South West Rocks.
SCOTTS HEAD– (population 1500) can be seen across the mouth of the river at Nambucca Heads but to get there by car, it’s 10 kilometres off the Pacific Highway and about a 15-minute drive south of Macksville.
Scott’s Head is a must-surf destination! Mastering the waves there has seen a number of locals do well on the professional circuit. Softboards can be hired or lessons booked at Scotts Head Surf School. Excellent surf conditions can be found at three beaches. Main Beach – There could be no more suitable beach for all ages. It offers ideal surf conditions, safe swimming (patrolled during summer school holidays and weekends from October to Easter), miles of squeaky-clean beach for walking, shower and toilet blocks, barbecues, picnic facilities and a children’s playground. Main (Forster) Beach is particularly suitable for children and those with less experience in the surf. The fine sand builds superb sandcastles, creates a comfortable bed for those who just want to catch some rays, and stretches for miles northwards.
Swimming is not recommended at Little or Wakki Beaches where the surf is steeper and more powerful.
From May to October, the Surf Club Headland and Elephant Head are great spots to watch dolphins and migrating humpback whales – sometimes you can even hear whale songs. Steps lead from the beach car park to a viewing platform, sealed pathway and a lookout.
Rocky promontories make Scott’s Head an ideal rock and beach fishing area. Boat ramps are located at the southern end of Main Beach and at Weir Reserve, Warrell Creek. The creek runs parallel to the coast from Nambucca Heads before turning west around the foothills of Mt Yarrahapinni, and provides 30 km of accessible river for boating, canoeing and kayaking. Fish, birdlife and native animals are in abundance.
You don’t need to bring provisions or a picnic lunch – the bakery, butcher, supermarket, takeaway, coffee shop, club bistro and even a local ‘fisho’ will ensure you don’t starve. Other retail facilities include a post office (complete with arts, crafts and gifts for sale!), newsagent, movie hire, liquor outlet and hairdresser.
Heading out of town, Mt Yarrahapinni (the big one with antennas on top), Yarriabini National Park and Way Way State Forest are only minutes from Scotts Head, sandwiched between the coast and the Pacific Highway. The picturesque rainforest setting provides an ideal location for families to enjoy some more challenging pursuits – bring your mountain bike, hiking shoes and artistic talents for a COOL holiday to remember!
Macksville is a coastal holiday town with a perfect subtropical climate, and is just 498 km north of Sydney. With a population of around 3000, tourists are invited to share the beauty that is Macksville. Macksville CBD is situated on the Pacific Highway, and is renowned for its beautiful river systems, climate and rural towns, including Taylors Arm & Bowraville.
Enjoy some Fishing in the Nambucca River, or a great meal at the Nambucca Hotel. Take a drive through the river valley along Taylors Arm Road, and enjoy a drink at The Pub With No Beer. See the Way Way State Forest, in Macksville.
Bowraville has an early settler history, which has some lovely historical buildings and a great atmosphere in the shopping area of Bowraville.
Nambucca Heads is a coastal holiday town with a perfect subtropical climate, and is just a 512 km drive north of Sydney. With a permanent population of around 7000, tourists are invited to share the beauty that is Nambucca Heads.
Nambucca Heads is situated on land at the mouth of the Nambucca River, which runs into the Pacific Ocean, and is renowned for its beautiful climate and stunning beaches.
Popular activities in Nambucca Heads are fishing, boating, swimming, surfing on the many local beaches. The word 'Nambucca' derives from an aboriginal word from the local Gumbaynggir tribes, and means 'entrance to the waters' or 'crooked river'.
Nambucca Heads is a well established town and was given village status in 1885 and a local council was established in 1915. Nambucca Heads has several beaches to enjoy, which are Main Beach (via Ocean Street), Beilbys Beach (via Ulrick Drive), and Shelley Beach is (via Shelley Beach Road).
Other attractions in Nambucca Heads is the Vee Wall a graffiti gallery, various riverfront and headland walks - the Nambucca Tourist Information Centre has plenty of brochures about these walks, which is located on the Pacific Highway (near the Bellwood Road intersection).
If you are into lookouts, Nambucca Heads has some beauties - Rotary Lookout, Captain Cook Lookout, and the Lions Lookout. Nambucca Heads has the most magnificent waterways which can be seen by diving or in canoes, kayaks and run-abouts which can be hired.