Macleay Valley on track for $4.8 million coastal views

Published on 06 December 2022

Mayor Leo Hauville walking the Crescent Head foreshore with Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey and Oxley candidate Michael Kemp

An epic walk and kayaking adventure hugging the gorgeous Macleay Valley coastline from Point Plomer to Grassy Head is in the works with funding secured for a unique coastal experience.

Kempsey Shire Council and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service have secured $3,355,000 from the NSW Government’s Regional Tourism Activation Fund to deliver the Five Headlands Coastal Experience. Council and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will also fund the project contributing $850,000 and $574,500, respectively.

The Five Headlands Coastal Experience will connect four of the Macleay Valley Coast’s most spectacular national parks and link five breathtaking headlands showcasing the region's natural beauty and outstanding scenery.

The funding dedicated to Stage One of the project will see existing walking trails along the coastline linked up. Council will look to secure further funding for the next stage that will develop the kayaking adventure into the coastal experience.

Leo Hauville, Mayor of Kempsey Shire Council says gaining funding for the project is a wonderful way to show off the shire’s magnificent coast.

“The Five Headlands Coastal Experience will enhance the enjoyment of our magnificent coastline for both tourists and locals”, said Cr Hauville.

“With the state supporting this project, the Macleay Valley Coast will become a world-class attraction for outdoor enthusiasts, from families who enjoy a gentle stroll to those ready to tackle a more rigorous hike.”  

Melinda Pavey, Member for Oxley, says the Five Headlands Coastal Experience is one of three exciting projects coming for the mid north coast.

"It's a great investment for tourism but it's also a great investment for locals to be able to go and explore one of the most incredible coastlines on the planet," said Ms Pavey.

“It will be an amazing walking trip whether it be trekking the full track over multiple days, one day, or just bits at a time.”

Russell Madeley, Director of NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service North Coast, says linking walking tracks and camping grounds with Council managed headlands offers visitors a unique nature-based experience.

“The experience will connect attractions in the Arakoon, Hat Head, Goolawah and Limeburners Creek National Parks as well as coastal headlands, offering visitors a combination of adventure-based activities,” said Mr Madeley.

“Not only will visitors be able to walk the coastline, but they will also be able to stay in campgrounds to explore and take in the beauty of the local national parks.”

The Five Headlands Coastal Experience is listed as a key project in the Horizon 2030: Macleay Valley Economic Development and Tourism Strategy and Macleay Valley Coast Destination Management Plan 2019-2029.