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Just a short walk away!


Kayaking on the Nambucca River – Macksville

Paddle Boarding

Paddle boarding on the Nambucca River – Macksville


Sailing on the Nambucca River at Macksville

River Boating

Macksville Lions Park, just over the bridge from town centre


Cycling in the fresh country air – Macksville

Nearby Attractions & Activities

Tourist Attractions & Local Favourites

River View Island Weddings & Functions

The River View Island is a unique venue just 9.3 k ( 11 min drive ) from Mandarin Motel – our Motel is the perfect place for family and friends to stay – offering guests a wide range of room styles that can be reserved for a few close fiends and family or larger groups can all stay together and reserve the whole Hotel! Our large rooms offer you a ‘home away from home’.

Eungai Buffalo Farm and Café

Overlooking beautiful rolling farmland and lush paddocks, this working farm produces a variety of delicious cheeses, gelato, yoghurt and other buffalo meat products. Visitors can see a spectacular herd of buffalo up close or from the comfort of the all weather under cover deck and learn how they are cared for to produce a unique range of handcrafted gourmet dairy products. Café Open limited hours – check site for info.

Pub With No Beer

Step back in time and visit perhaps Australia’s most famous pub which inspired the song “The Pub With No Beer” by Slim Dusty. The pub is living history and is full of local memorabilia.

Whale Watching: April - June & September - November

Close by at Nambucca Heads and Scotts Head are a number of good cliff top lookouts where you can see magnificent Humpback Whales as they pass up and down the coastline from the Antarctic to their calving grounds.


There are many spectacular National Parks just a short drive from the Mandarin Motel which offer world class bushwalking experiences. Mt. Yarrahapinni is a 15 minute drive south of Macksville and has breathtaking views of up to 60 kms from its summit. To the north on the famous Waterfall Way (turn off the Pacific Highway) is the Dorrigo National Park which is world heritage listed and as the name suggests has many waterfalls and lush subtropical rainforest tracks to explore.

Indoor Pool

Just a short walk from the Mandarin Motel is the Macksville Memorial Aquatic Centre. During the summer months you can enjoy the outdoor 50m pool under the sun, which is also heated for cooler weather. Designated for all year round seasons, the indoor pool is heated to 30° and has an entry ramp for easy access.


The local beaches along our coastline are some of the best to be found anywhere in Australia. Park your car for free right next to the ocean and stroll for miles along clean unspoilt beaches. For your safety please take note: The sea along our coastline is open ocean – at times large waves and powerful surf can create dangerous currents. Ask at reception for a guide to the safe use of our beaches.

Historic Bowraville

Once the administrative centre of Nambucca Valley, the historic town of Bowraville has wide streets, initially built for bullock teams. The heritage buildings now house cosy tea rooms, charming galleries and country pubs. Known as “The Verandah Post Town”, this peaceful hideaway is home to two excellent museums and the art deco Bowraville Theatre. Beautifully restored older buildings and historic Blue Nile Date Palms line the main street. A free brochure outlining a self guided tour is available from reception.


The Nambucca Valley has 4 museums which offer a broad range of historical perspectives.

Macksville Country Club

It’s just a few minutes to Macksville Country Club which features a unique 10 hole golf course with 18 alternating tees. The beautiful fairways, well maintained greens and abundant wildlife make for an enjoyable and interesting 18 holes. There are regular social and competition days with great prizes – local, regional and interstate travellers are all welcome for a game. There are facilities to cater for weddings and other occasions where you want your guests to meet in an unique location.

Nambucca V-Wall

No visit to the Nambucca Valley is complete without a leisurely walk along Nambucca’s legendary V-Wall to see the public art on this outdoor break-wall gallery. Bring your paints and feel free to leave your own art message here.

Special Events

There is always something going on in the Nambucca Valley. Many specialty car events are held throughout the year, all culminating in spectacular Show & Shine displays in Nambucca Heads’ Bowra Street. The Volkswagen Spectacular is held every two years (even years) in early August. The Hot Rod Show and Shine is on in spring and the Ford Falcons shine early in November. Rusty Iron Rally is held on the first weekend in September and draws crowds from far and wide to see a fantastic array of old vehicles and machinery. The Macksville Show is one of the regions largest agricultural shows and is held in April. Other events include the annual OZ Tag State Cup in February, Kennards Hire Rally Australia in November and Field day in November.

Nambucca River

Enjoy fantastic views across the Nambucca River estuary and beyond.


If Golf is your game, then spoil yourself with the choice of 3 local courses! Including Australia’s only island golf course at Nambucca Heads.