A guide to Scotts Head

Hidden away off the Pacific Highway, the tiny surf town of Scotts Head, on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, largely remains a secret, even to Aussies. But with a top right-hand point break that sees long, mellow waves wash towards the shore, it’s a favourite spot for longboard riders. Scotts, as regulars call it, is also family friendly and for generations sun-kissed children have donned rashies and charged into the whitewash, eager to learn how to surf.

A trio of guys, young and old, head into the surf at Scotts Head, NSW. Credit: Jennifer Ennion.

Although it’s relatively unknown, it doesn’t feel that way when you arrive during school holidays. At Easter and Christmas, Scotts is packed, mostly with residents from nearby towns such as Macksville (20 minutes’ drive north-west) and Nambucca Heads (30 minutes’ north). Thrown into the mix are always a few troupes of adventurers, who turn off the highway to discover an awesome community – and never look back.

A Mal rider heads out for a dusk session at Scotts Head, New South Wales. Credit: Jennifer Ennion

The main appeal is, of course, the ocean, but the relaxed Australian vibe entices, too. Mornings are spent surfing and swimming; daytime reading on the beach or napping in your caravan in North Coast Holiday Park, behind the dunes. In the afternoons, you’ll likely fit in another surf, or perhaps a beach jog or spot of fishing off the rocks. In between all of that, there are always a couple of trips to the corner store for a smoothie or ice cream.

Sunset at Scotts Head, NSW. Credit: Jennifer Ennion.

When you want a night off camp cooking, stroll to the local bowling club, behind the holiday park, for a typical pub dinner of surf and turf (seafood and steak, for non-Aussies). You can also play a game of lawn bowls, when the waves aren’t working, of course.

But let’s talk about when they are. If you’re keen to master your goofy stance or introduce the kids to surfing you can join a lesson ($35 per person) with Scotts Head Surf School. If you already know what you’re doing, consider timing your visit with the annual Logger Heads Malibu Classic, held between July 21-23, 2017. Or, better yet, sign up. The comp has been running for more than three decades and competitors travel to Scotts from across NSW, Queensland and Victoria. It’s one sure-fire way to really get to know the locals and see Scotts at its best.


The view of Scotts Head, from the lookout. Credit: Jennifer Ennion




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