Lots of great scenery, picnics, swimming, fishing and bushwalks
The local coastline and countryside is absolutely magnificent. Spend weeks touring the rural hinterland, coastal beaches and extensive river systems and never become bored. Here are just a few scenic views to whet your appetite. Make sure to bring your camera when you come to visit. There are plenty of great photographic opportunities.
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For Lunch or dinner enjoy the wide variety of cuisines and facilities close by.
Recreation Club – Chinese Restaurant
Stuarts Point Tavern – Selection of superb Bistro meals
The Point Café – wide selection of takeaways.
Scotts Head Bowling Club – superior Bistro meals
The Star Hotel
The RSL Club
Macksville Chinese Restaurant
Salz Place Bistro & Pizza
Giardino’s Cafe & Pizza
On the Edge Restaurant
Causeway Cafe & Restaurant
Golden Sands Tavern
Ocean Chill Restaurant
Nambucca Heads Leagues Club
Nambucca Heads Bowling Club
Sawasdee Thai Restaurant
Jade Chinese Restaurant
The Star Hotel
South West Rocks
SWR Country Club – extensive buffet or al-carte restaurant
Pizza on the Rocks – pizzas pastas and a variety of Italian cuisine dishes
Geppys – Fine Italian dining
The Riverside Tavern
Practice your swing on the expansive grassed areas at Yarrahapinni Homestead. If you would prefer a serious game there are excellent courses available at:
Nambucca Heads website
South West Rocks
If you want a world-class course on which to try your skills there is Bonville International Golf Club just south of Coffs Harbour. It’s about a 45-minute drive.
Public courts are available at Stuarts Point a short five-minute drive away.
The pool and spa are available to guests at the homestead. If you prefer to try the surf, there is a patrolled beach (summer only) at Grassy Head or excellent conditions at both Stuarts Point beach and Middle beach. A delightfully sheltered swimming area is located in the river estuary just south of the Stuarts Point camping ground.
Ocean & River Beaches
Whether your interest lies in swimming, fishing, surfing or enjoying a stroll along kilometres of unspoilt sandy beaches, the world’s best awaits only a few minutes drive from your door.
Stuarts Point Beach
Continue along Stuarts Point Rd for approximately 5 Km to the Stuarts Point Village. Drive into camping area and park at the picnic ground. Take the walking track across the footbridge and follow the track to beach stretching from Grassy Headland in the north to the mouth of the Macleay River in the south. This beach is available to 4-wheel drives with a permit from Kempsey Council. Access for vehicles is via the Grassy Head camping area. There is a boat-launching ramp adjacent the picnic area.
Grassy Head Beach
Continue along Stuarts Point Rd for approximately 4 Km to Grassy Head Rd at the entrance to Stuarts Point Village. Turn Left and follow Tourist Route 14, drive for approximately 4 Km to Grassy Head, turn right and drive into camping and picnic reserve. Park in the picnic area and follow the beach access signs onto another of our unspoilt beaches. Grassy Head beach is patrolled during school holidays and at weekends during the summer period. Take a picnic or morning tea with you and enjoy to well maintained picnic facilities at this site. A second more secluded access can be found at the northern end of Grassy beach, this is reached by following the main road a further 2 Km to a track on your right. The perfect spot to throw a line.
If you have not already been spoilt by the beauty and seclusion of our previously mentioned beaches then pay a visit to Middle Beach another 2 km past the North Grassy track. Walk to the north end of the beach at low tide and access a small and secluded cove. Be careful to leave before the tide comes in or you may find yourself stranded.
Scotts Head Beach
If you like to be amongst more people with excellent picnic facilities including free gas barbecues, pay a visit to Scotts Head. Continue along tourist Route 14 taking a right hand turn at the end of Grassy Head Road. Beach access is available to launch your boat into calm and protected waters. Walk along the headland and rest a while at the viewing platform. Look out for Dolphins or Whales during their migration seasons. Stop off at the Café for a cappuccino before returning to Yarrahapinni Homestead via Warrell Creek and the Pacific Highway.
Do you feel like stretching the legs and taking in some local scenery, then take a stroll and breathe in some of our fresh and healthy country air.
River Estuary Walk
Drive to Stuarts Point Village, turn left at the Cenotaph, drive to the end of the street, park on the riverbank and follow the track to the north. This is an easy stroll along the riverbank through paper barks, mangroves, banksias and eucalypts. Stop at the occasional clearing to gaze out across the expansive estuary observing a wide variety of bird life. The track continues crossing small creeks and through ferny glades. The walk concludes at the SDA landing where you can sit for a while in the peace and tranquillity of your surroundings before returning to your car. The round trip is approximately 3.5Km and will take around 50 minutes. If you are feeling energetic continue past the landing climbing slightly around a headland at the old pilots station and joining street at Grassy Head. Walk on through the camping area (stopping if you wish for a refreshment at the camp store). Follow the 4-wheel drive access onto the north end of Stuarts Point beach. Stroll along the beach to the Stuarts Point access and then follow the track back across the footbridge finishing at the picnic area. From here it is just a short walk to return to your car. Allow a good two and a half hours if you wish to take in the full round trip.
Drive to Stuarts Point Village, turn right at the tennis courts and drive through Fisherman’s Reach to the end of the unmade road, you can drive on the track from here to the Golden Hole however it is much more enjoyable to stretch the legs and walk, taking time to take in the bushland and river bank scenery that you pass by. The Golden Hole it at the confluence of the Macleay River and the Clybucca Creeks in an area controlled by the National Parks. There is an extensive walking track that continues on from here for several kilometres towards Clybucca and the Pacific highway. The Golden Hole has an excellent reputation for fishing with good catches of bream and flathead frequently reported.
Mount Yarrahapinni Lookout
Yarrahapinni Mountain is the scene facing you from our Mountain patio. It is a “must do ” drive to the lookout near the top of the mountain to take in the expansive rural and seaside views extending from Crescent Head across the Macleay Valley including the river estuary, Smoky Cape and South West Rocks. The lookout is reached by taking the Yarrahapinni Mountain road from Warrell Creek turning right off the Pacific Highway or from Grassy Head Rd at Grassy Head, if you take the latter route you will encounter several creek crossings which are fine in a 4 wheel drive but might be difficult in a sedan if the water is up. Enjoy a pleasant picnic spot at The Pines on the road in from Grassy with gas barbecues. Watch for the large Goannas who like to share your meal with you. The round trip can easily be done within an hour.
Inland from Macksville, the charming village of Bowraville boasts an excellent museum featuring many valuable collections from the region’s history including a section honouring Frank Partridge VC. Frank became well known for his winning achievements on Bob Dyers “Pick a Box” radio and television program. An excellent gallery displaying the works of many of our local artisans is open on Wednesdays through to Sunday. Bowraville is also home to a picturesque country racecourse and is worth a visit for a fun day out on race day.
A little further inland from Macksville you will find Taylors Arm the home of Slim Dusty’s famous “Pub With No Beer“. A beautiful drive through bushland, enjoying lunch at the famous pub. Take a round trip and continue on through Bowraville on the return journey.
National Parks & State Forests
There are many parks and forests nearby. Brochures giving descriptions and locations are displayed on the guest information table in the main lounge area.
South West Rocks, Hat Head, Gladstone and Kempsey
An afternoon trip that takes in the beaches, historic buildings, national parks and unique villages and towns. Explore Trial Bay Jail, Walk the headland at Hat Head, take an afternoon tea break in Gladstone and finish off with some shopping in Kempsey.
Coffs Harbour & Port Macquarie
If you wish to visit the “big smoke” for some serious shopping, an hours drive either north or south will take you to the major cities of the mid north coast. To the north Coffs Harbour, the home of the Wallabies, or to the south Port Macquarie on the banks of the Hastings river.