When you live in Victoria, I think it is a great idea to head to a warmer climate even if only for a week or three! The last few years we have made the trek to Scotts Head in Northern NSW. Scotts Head is just south of Coffs Harbour and camping ground is part of the North Coast Holiday Park chain.

Why Scotts head? Well there are a few good reasons:

  •  A group of families we have become associated with have been making the migration north for over 20 years, so why not join them. All of their kids have grown up going there and now young Will is the next generation. For us it is perfect, the most relaxing holiday ever. He spends his time going from one camp to the next, making friends, being watched and choosing the best foods to eat. On the list includes coco pops, fish and chips and cheery cheer, soft drink that seems to be unique to the region. We get to enjoy the beach, generally relax and socialise with a group of people we don’t get to see often.
  • The campground is in the sun pretty much all day, an important consideration when you are heading for warmer weather. Just don’t make the mistake we made, make sure you camp on the side furtherest away form the beach to get most of the sun.
  • It is a very short walk to the beach, only a hop, skip and a jump over the small sand dune. The beach is stunning, a wide expanse of clean white sand. Great for swimming, fishing, stand up paddle boarding and generally chilling while the kids play.  As one of the only true point breaks in the region. Scotts Head produces a long right hander and when sanded up, it is regarded as one of the best waves along this bit of coastline. With a permit you can also take your 4wd on a large section of the beach. Although for safety there is a section where vehicles  are not permitted.
  • It is a dog friendly camp ground, this year we didn’t take our dogs but opted for a house sitter. The beach north of the site is also dog friendly so you can give your pooch plenty of exercise if needed.
  • Facilities at the campground are clean and well maintained. The toilet shower block has recently been ungraded and is kept spotlessly clean. You even get to enjoy piped music while taking a hot shower. The camp kitchen has a fridge, kettle, microwave,toaster and cooking facilities. Over the winter a gas heater is also available for use, as it does get cool in the evenings.

Scotts Head is one of many stunning, small, coastal towns on the NSW coast, it has a neat little coffee shop and the small general store has also been recently upgraded and has some beautiful fresh produce. 

a little bit of family fun scotts head camping ground

Make sure you head up to the lookout with a glass of champagne and some nibbles to watch the sun sink over the horizon, you may also get to enjoy some dolphins frolicking in the waves just below the lookout.

Scotts Head Local Services

Tasty Bites Bakery – 6569 7512
OPEN, Mon – Sat: 7.30am to 4pm, Sun 7.30am to 2pm.
Extended hours over holiday periods

Scotts Head Butcher – 6569 8085
OPEN, Mon – Fri: 7am to 5pm, Sat: 7a, to 12pm, Closed Sundays

Tippanys Gift Store – 6569 7244
Open Wed to Fri: 10am to 5pm, Sat & Sun: 10am to 2pm, closed Mon/Tue
Expect during school holidays – open every day

Scotts Head Pharmacy – 6569 7788
Mon to Fri 9am to 5.30pm, Sat 9am to 12pm, Closed Sundays

Friendly Grocer Supermarket – 6569 8325 (OPEN 7 DAYS)
Winter Hours – 7am to 6pm, all other times 7am to 7pm

Local Liquor Bottle Shop – 6569 8377
Mon 11.30am to 7pm, Tue to Fri 10.30am to 7pm,
Sat/Sun 10am to 7pm

Café Cruz – N/A
Opening hours vary depending on time of year please see café for times

Taverna Six Restaurant – 6569 7191
Open every day for Breakfast (8.30am – 1pm), see notice board for
Dinner opening day & hours. Holiday Period 7 days

Club scotts (Bowling Club) – 6569 8163
Bistro Open 7 Days a week in Holiday & Summer season, all other times
Tue to Sun. Lunch 12pm – 2pm, Dinner 5.30pm- 8pm


Other Services

Scotts Head Surf School – Contact Surf Shop
Scotts Head Real Estate – 6569 7140
Tennis Courts – Hired through the Bottle Shop
Beagles Thai Takeaway – 6569 8059

Local Markets

Day of Month


2nd & 4th Saturday

  • Bowraville Country Markets, 8am – 12.30pm, Community Centre.
  • Macksville Riverside Markets

1st Saturday

Bi-Monthly, Even Months

  • Valla Beach Community Markets.

1st Saturday

  • Dorrigo Showground 8am – 1pm
  • Kempsey Showground
  • Coffs Harbour Showground
  • Glenreagh Country Markets, Recreation Ground

2nd Saturday

  • South West Rocks, Horseshoe Bay.
  • Kempsey Growers Market, Services Club Park
  • Woolgoolga Beach Trust Markets, Beach Reserve

3rd Saturday

  • Bellingen Markets, playing fields

4th Saturday

  • Sawtell Community Markets, First Ave.

2nd & 4th Saturday

  • Bellingen Organic Produce Markets, Showground.

Every Sunday

  • Coffs Jetty, Woolworths Carpark 6656771
  • Harbourside Markets, Coffs Harbour

Last Sunday

(Bi-Monthly Even Months)

  • Eungai “Unkya Reserve” – Pacific Highway

1st Sunday

  • Coffs Harbour Lions Club Car Boot Market, Jetty Foreshore
  • Port Macquarie Art Markets, Maritime Museum

1st & 3rd Sunday

  • Medlow Public School Growers Markets, Upper Taylors Arm Rd

2nd Sunday

  • Plaza Shopping Centre, Nambucca Heads

2nd & 4th Sunday

  • Nambucca Valley Farmers Markets, Bowraville Racecourse