Friday, February 23, 2024

Macleay Valley looks to $4.8 million coastal views

Kempsey Shire Council has secured more than $3 million from the NSW Government’s Regional Tourism Activation Fund to deliver a unique coastal experience that will connect four of the Macleay Valley Coast’s most spectacular national parks and link five local headlands.

Council says the Five Headlands Coastal Experience will see the creation of an epic walk and kayaking adventure along the Macleay Valley coastline from Point Plomer to Grassy Head.

Council and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will also help to fund the project, contributing $850,000 and $574,500, respectively.

The funding dedicated to Stage One of the project will see existing walking trails along the coastline linked up. Council will look to secure further funding for the next stage that will develop the kayaking adventure into the coastal experience.

Mayor, Leo Hauville says the Five Headlands Coastal Experience will enhance the enjoyment of the coastline for both tourists and locals.

“With the state supporting this project, the Macleay Valley Coast will become a world-class attraction for outdoor enthusiasts, from families who enjoy a gentle stroll to those ready to tackle a more rigorous hike,” said Mayor Hauville.

Director of NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service North Coast, Russell Madeley says linking walking tracks and camping grounds with Council managed headlands offers visitors a unique nature-based experience.

“The experience will connect attractions in the Arakoon, Hat Head, Goolawah and Limeburners Creek National Parks as well as coastal headlands, offering visitors a combination of adventure-based activities,” said Mr Madeley.

“Not only will visitors be able to walk the coastline, but they will also be able to stay in campgrounds to explore and take in the beauty of the local national parks.”

The Five Headlands Coastal Experience is listed as a key project in the Horizon 2030: Macleay Valley Economic Development and Tourism Strategy and Macleay Valley Coast Destination Management Plan 2019-2029. 

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