Surrounded by lush coastal forest Grassy Head Holiday Park is the perfect location for nature lover. Located just behind the park is Way Way State Forest, those looking for an endless number of bushwalking trails are in luck. A local favourite is the walking trail and lookout of Stuarts Point, with views stretching right down to South West Rocks. The unsealed walking path can be access directly from the park and offers views over the Macleay River, many macadamia nut and avocado farms and of cause the majestic Smoky Cape. For the more adventurous, why not tackle Mount Yarrahapinni in the Yarriabini National Park. The spectacular 360-degree views of almost the entire Macleay Valley Coast will have you in ore of its natural beauty.
Grassy Head is well known for its abundance of wildlife and in particular bird watching. Regardless of if you are a novice or experienced bird watcher, the vast variety and number in the area means you are guaranteed to spot birdlife almost everywhere you look. From natives of the Australian bush to raptors and waterbirds, make sure to pack the binoculars and your field check list before setting off on any walk around the area. As the park is surrounded by coastal forests and national park, goanna’s, koalas and kangaroos are all also frequent visitors to the area and the park. For guest and animal safety it is best to only take pictures and not approach any wild animals.
Beaches and Rivers
If you’re looking for untouched pristine beaches, excellent surfing and winding rivers perfect for kayaking, Grassy Head is the spot for you. With Grassy Head Beach, located directly in front of the Holiday Park you won’t have to go far to feel the sand beneath your toes. The beach offers great surfing with a right-hand break and is patrolled during the summer school holiday period. Its calm waters and rocky outcrops also make it an excellent place for snorkelling, with scores of marine life inhabiting the area. If you’re more interested in exploring the riverways several options are available, pack the kayak or canoe and spend your day winding through the endless rivers such as the Macleay River, which stretches over 298km in total.
Sit back and enjoy the serenity while casting a line into one of the many waterways surrounding the area. Take you pick with fishing available from the beach, banks of the local rivers and estuaries, jetties or for the more experience rocky outcrops. The southern rocks near to the park have are easily accessible and provide great gutters. With so many species of fish including bream, drummer, flathead, luderick, mulloway, rock black fish, tailor, trevally and whiting on offer you will be sure to get more than just a nibble. For those with boat access, deep sea fishing is also a favourite in the area, with marlin biting from January to February if you’re game for a challenge.