Scotts Head, New South Wales

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Scotts Head
New South Wales
Scotts Head Beach2.JPG
Scotts Head beach looking north
Scotts Head is located in New South Wales
Scotts Head
Scotts Head
Coordinates 30°42′S 152°59′E / 30.700°S 152.983°E / -30.700; 152.983Coordinates: 30°42′S 152°59′E / 30.700°S 152.983°E / -30.700; 152.983
Population 899 (2016 census)[2]
Postcode(s) 2447
LGA(s) Nambucca Shire[1]
Region Mid North Coast[1]
County Raleigh[3]
Parish Congarinni[3]
State electorate(s) Oxley[4]
Federal Division(s) Cowper[5]

Scotts Head is a coastal village of the Nambucca Shire local government area in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia.[1] Located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, approximately 10 kilometres (6 mi) from the Pacific Highway and 480 kilometres (300 mi) from Sydney, it stretches southwards from just south of the mouth of the Nambucca River to the town of Scotts Head in the south.[6]

The town, which had a population of 899 at the 2016 census is named after the area’s first white settler, William Scott; the area’s original inhabitants are the Gumbaynggirr people. It has a small, centrally located shopping centre, with a general store, local pharmacy, bakery, bottle shop, fish and chip shop, surf shop, life saving club, 2 scenic lookouts, gift shop, 2 cafes, a butchery, post office and two real estate agents. It also has a camping ground, which is seasonally busy and a bowling club.

Scotts Head is also the site of a small public school which is attended by around 70 students.[7]


Scotts head is popular with surfers because of the headlands projecting into the ocean in three directions, and the choice of three beaches. Scotts Head is known for right handed surf breaks, it is occasionally visited by turtles, and offshore is part of the whale migratory route. The main beaches are patrolled by life-guards from the local surfclub on weekends and public holidays.

The beach areas were the traditional home of the local indigenous tribe, due to once abundant fish stocks and the availability of fresh water from two natural fresh water pools that were located close to the main headland, which is known locally as "the point".

According to the 'Guinness Book of Records', Scotts Head boasts the largest variety of reptiles available anywhere in the world in one place, including several varieties of lizards and many of Australia's most poisonous snakes. Brown snakes and Red-bellied black snakes can be spotted travelling through the open spaces and parks near to the beaches during their Summer breeding season.

Local media[edit]

Radio Stations
2CS-FM (106.3), Star FM (105.5 & 105.1), 2MC-FM (106.7), Triple J (91.5 & 96.3), 2NVR FM (105.9)
The Nambucca Valley's community radio station, 2NVR 105.9FM,[8] focuses on the Macksville, Bowraville, Scotts Head, Nambucca Heads and surrounding communities.
Midcoast Observer, Hibiscus Happynings, Guardian News.



  1. ^ a b c "Suburb Search - Local Council Boundaries - Mid-North Coast (NC) - Nambucca Shire Council". New South Wales Department of Local Government. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Scotts Head (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2017-12-28.  Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ a b "Scotts Head". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  4. ^ "Oxley". New South Wales Electoral Commission. 2007-03-24. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  5. ^ "Cowper". Australian Electoral Commission. 2007-10-19. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  6. ^ "Scotts Head". Land and Property Management Authority - Spatial Information eXchange. New South Wales Land and Property Information. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  7. ^ "How to enrol at a Public School - Scotts Head Public School". New South Wales Department of Education and Training. 2007-11-08. Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  8. ^ "Home". 

External links[edit]

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