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

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

Christmas School Holidays - Saturday 21 December 2019 to Monday 27 January 2020 inclusive of Australia Day

During the Christmas School Holidays, Council has engaged Surf Life Saving Servies Pty Ltd (trading as the Australian Lifeguard Service) to provide surf life saving services for the period commencing Saturday 21 December 2019 to Monday 27 January 2020 inclusive of Australia Day.

Location Lifeguards Days Time
Nambucca Heads (Main Beach) 2 Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Scotts Head (Forster Beach) 2 Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Valla Beach South 2 7 9.00am - 5.00pm

Surf Life Saving Australia


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

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)    

Beach Wheelchair

Please click here for further information.

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
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 locations.

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:

Where can I purchase a Beach Permit?

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. 

Until further notice, a Beach Driving Permit is only available for purchase from Council's Administration Centre at 44 Princess Street Macksville, Monday - Friday 8.30am to 4.00pm.

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