Beaches

Nambucca Shire has many stunning beaches to explore and enjoy. A variety of services such as access ramps, life saving, caravan parks, boat ramps, barbecues, public amenity blocks etc are also available nearby.  

Life saving services are provided by Surf Life Saving NSW on the following beaches for the 2017/18 summer season:

Beach Number of Lifeguards Service Times Period Commencing
South Valla Beach
Valla Beach
2 7 Days
0930 - 1530 daily
Wednesday 20 December 2017 and finishing 3.30pm on Sunday 29 January 2018
Main Beach
Nambucca Heads
2 5 Days
Monday - Friday
0930 - 1530 daily
Wednesday 20 December 2017 and finishing 3.30pm on Friday 27 January 2018
Forster Beach
Scotts Head
2 5 Days
Monday - Friday
0930 - 1530 daily
Wednesday 20 December 2017 and finishing 3.30pm on Friday 27 January 2018

NB: During the summer season, weekend life saving at Nambucca Heads and Scotts Head is provided by the respective Surf Life Saving Clubs

Barbecue Facilities

Nambucca Heads Scotts Head Valla Beach
Gordon Park (Electric) Scotts Head (Electric) Valla Reserve (Electric)
Anzac Park (Electric)    
Bellwood Park (Electric)    
Stuart Island (Electric)    
V-Wall area (Electric)    

Vehicular Access To Beaches Committee

This Committee was established to review the provision of vehicular access and control measures on the public beaches in the Nambucca Valley.  At the time of the formation of the Committee, membership was sought from the public and now comprises a cross section of commercial and recreational users of the beaches along with interested persons in maintaining the natural environment.

Terms of Reference for the Vehicular Access To Beaches Committee

Volunteer Honorary Beach Rangers

Our Volunteer Honorary Beach Rangers, on behalf of Nambucca Shire Council, provide a wonderful service to all beach users by enforcing Beach Permit conditions.  If you are a regular beach user and would like to become a Volunteer Honorary Beach Ranger, please complete an Application for Volunteer Work and forward it to Council for consideration.

Volunteer Beach Ranger Rules - under review
Volunteer Work Application

Beach Permits for 4WD Access

Access onto beaches is permitted at the following 3 locations in the Nambucca Valley:

Please click here 4WD Beach Access Map 2011 (1.5Mb) to view a map of the access loations.

Private and/or Amateur Fishermen, as well as Professional Fishermen need a Beach Driving Permit to be authorised to access the beaches in the Nambucca Valley.  It is a finable offence not to have a permit.  Please click here for an application form:

Under arrangement between the Nambucca Shire, Kempsey Shire and Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, applicants will be required to obtain a beach access permit from the Council serving the area in which they reside.  The Beach Driving Permit is available for purchase from the following locations:

MACKSVILLE Council Administration Centre
44 Princess Street Macksville
6568 2555
NAMBUCCA HEADS Visitor Information Centre
(Nambucca ValleyTourism Association)
Riverside Drive Nambucca Heads
6568 6954
SCOTTS HEAD Scotts Head Holiday Park
1 Short Street Scotts Head
6569 8122
VALLA BEACH Valla Beach Tourist Park
1 Regatta Drive Valla Beach
6569 5555

 It is important to display the Beach Driving Permit as required and obey all conditions.

Surf Life Saving Australia

Beachsafe

Please click on Beachsafe to find all the information you need to keep informed and stay safe while visiting any of the  beaches in the Nambucca Valley Local Government area or the 11726 beaches on the Australian coast.

New Standard for Beach Safety Flags on NSW Beaches

Beachgoers this summer will notice two changes to beach safety flags on beaches in NSW beaches, as  result of the recently released new Australian Standard.  Please click on New Standard for Beach Safety Flags in NSW for more information.