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Make the most of winter on the Macleay Valley Coast

Make the most of winter on the Macleay Valley Coast

In partnership with Kempsey Shire Council

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 top five picks for enjoying this spectacular coastline.

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 creek runs out to the ocean, joining the Crescent Head Surfing Reserve – a world-famous surfing location with a phenomenal right-hand wave.

Korogoro Creek, Hat Head

A hotspot 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, snorkellers will spot tropical fish that won’t be seen any further south than Hat Head.

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 while watching the waves. The safe little cove is a wonderful place for a refreshing dip.

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.

Grassy Head

This little-known treasure has a secret fan base of holiday-makers who spend Christmas 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.

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