The coastal town of Scotts Head is one of a string along NSW's Mid North Coast that offers a great location for holidaying families each summer. You will find it about halfway between Sydney and Brisbane.
The town doesn't have extensive facilities but it does have many of the basic features offered by most coastal destinations, like the caravan park by the water, rental properties, and a Main Beach patrolled by lifeguards during busy periods.
Other features of the town include some great views from Surf Club Headland over the surrounding beaches and markets over the summer school holidays. If you would like to dine out, there are two options, while a small local supermarket will help you keep your own cupboard stocked.
The view of Little Beach from the lookout
One element that helps distinguish Scotts Head from other nearby destinations (like Crescent Head) is the calm water at the end of Main Beach, near the caravan park. So sheltered is it that there's barely a ripple on the water at times (it was the most calm early in the morning during my stay).
This lack of swell means this place is ideal for giving paddleboarding a try, and boards can be hired for $20 an hour. It's also good for little kids, while there's more swell further up the beach if you prefer the waves. Multiple entrances means you don't have to walk far to reach whatever kind of water you choose.
Little Beach, on the other side of Surf Club Headland, is a small beach that can also be good for surfing, though it has no patrols. Further along is Wakki beach, which is suited to experienced surfers only.
You can also choose to explore the rest of Forster Beach by car, with beach driving permitted for almost all of its 11.2 kilometres.
At the other end of Forster Beach is Nambucca Heads, which makes a good day trip if you're staying at Scotts Head. The painted rocks of V-Wall in particular are worth a visit, however Nambucca River prevents you from getting to them along the beach.
Another must-do activity is heading to Mount Yarrahapinini in Yarriabini National Park, where you will get amazing views over the Macleay Valley Coast.
Where: Mid North Coast of NSW
When: Summer is best if you want enjoy the beach but it will be busier