Nambucca Heads is a relaxed beachside town on the Coffs Coast of Australia, and the town is popular for its waterways and peaceful ambience. This village is placed at the mouth of Nambucca River and is an idyllic place to go fishing, kayaking and explore the river benches. Suiting enough, the name of this village derives from the Aboriginal meaning “Entrance to water”.

Nambucca Heads is where the lush, green rainforest meets sparkling blue waters.
The Kosekai lookout in the Dunggir National park offers an amazing view over the Nambucca Valley to the coast. The national park has some of the best birdwatching opportunities in the region, and there is lots of other wildlife to spot.

Here are some things to do, places to eat & where to shop while you’re staying in the coastal town of Nambucca Heads.

For Breakfast & Lunch (or Brunch!)
Nambucca Heads has several options for breakfast & brunch. Simply go for a walk around this coastal town, and you’ll find people dining outside and sipping on freshly brewed coffee. Here are some tips about our favourite go-to’s:

  • Nambucca Boatshed & Cafe – Apart from the fact that this cafe provides breakfast/lunch views over the beautiful river, this boatshed is also where you can hire your river equipment! Drop-in and get your boat, kayak or stand up paddleboard for a session on the river.
  • Wharf Street Cafe – A beautiful cafe overlooking the tranquil waters of Nambucca Heads. Check them out for your coffee and breakfast, and even for their cake supplies!
  • Good Time Charlie’s – Are you craving delicious toasties, rolls & wraps packed with nutritious goods for breakfast? Or how about a slice of cakes to serve the sweet tooth? This place has it all, including ready-to-go, frozen, takeaway meals so that you can get all your meals sorted in one spot.
  • Wild Terra Bakery – For all your baked goods, fresh bread and pies, make sure to pop by this bakery.
  • The Beach House Providore: Valla beach – This local, family-owned cafe caters for all diets, serving healthy, wholesome food.

For Dinner & Drinks 

We highly recommend making a booking, even on slower nights. Our favourite spots include:

  • New River Edge Indian Cuisine – Bring your family and friends while you indulge in Indian flavour.
  • V-Wall Tavern – The perfect place to lounge back on their waterfront, sun-soaked deck and enjoy a great meal and a refreshing drink.
  • Nambucca Heads RSL Club – Situated on the picturesque river, you can get there and have agreat pub feed. Check out their website to see the list of weekly events.
  • Nourish Cafe & Grocer: Valla Beach – This place serves breakfast all day & lunch from midday together with all your mouthwatering cold drinks & cocktails!
  • Golden Sands Tavern – This vibrant coastal pub is known among the locals as ‘The Sands’ and the heart and soul of the community. The Sands servesquality pub meals for lunch & dinner and live entertainment

Shopping 

  • Galleria Shop Eat Relax – Does shopping make you want to get a face massage, followed by a large cuppa and some lunch? This is your one-stop-shop located on Bowra street.

Things To Do

Adventure-lovers can have a full schedule (if they want!) while visiting the region. Check out the Coffs Harbour page for a full list of regional tours & activities.

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Strap on your battlesuit vest & phaser before you head into the battleground where you zap your enemies while looking out for the interactive hidden targets around the field. This activity will get you on your toes and is sure to bring out the ninja within you.

Have you ever tried a 4D Ride Simulator? The XD Theater at the park has some great 4D ride films, and offers a multi-sensory and immersive experience letting you truly live the film.

Put on your swimmers and be ready to get splashed! This water park features 4 thrilling slides in the world class where you can reach speeds of up to 60km/h. These slides are definitely not for the faint-hearted, but the adrenaline junkie will be sliding again and again and again…

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This Family Entertainment Centre features an amazing range of ticket redemption gaming machines. All the games within the Fun Zone are based on skills, which means you can collect more tickets if you’re really good at them! The tickets can then be redeemed at the Prize Hub or the Gift Shop.

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The ice rink is the perfect place to cool down on those hot summer days, or you can bring some hot chocolate and bring “Christmas in July” to the next level!

Ah, the famous toboggan ride of Coffs Harbour! The track is over half a kilometer long, and offers a great view from the top. Let your excitement excel as you rush down the track- but don’t forget to hold on when you are cutting the corners!

Get the history behind the bananas on the Coffs Coast from the discovery of them and through to today. This new theatre experience lets you sit back and watch while the projector presents images and film onto a scrim screen with an object stage background. Following the film screening is a short plantation walk where the visitors are allowed into the re-established packing shed to watch a short film of the banana plantation.

Banana Plantation In Coffs Harbour

Gather your mates and head to the mini-golf course for a friendly round of mini-golf! The Big Banana Fun Park has a total of 36 holes, which will leave you entertained for days.

For some more educational entertainment, make sure to step into the world of pythons, venomous snakes, turtles, lizards. You can even meet a saltwater crocodile in this part of the Big Banana!

Saltwater Crocodile In Coffs Harbour

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When at the Big Banana, why not indulge in all banana-themed sweets? Choose between banana split, banana smoothie, banana pancakes or just a simple chocolate coated banana. The Cafe & Ice Creamery will also have plenty of ice creams and coffee that you can pair it with- it’s a winner for sure! 

With candy making demonstrations daily, The Candy Kitchen welcomes you into a magical world of colours, flavours & smells. After a visit here, you’ll be leaving the park on a sugar high!

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