South West Rocks – The Complete Holiday Destination

Net and fishing boat, South West Rocks

Are you looking for the complete holiday destination? Then South West Rocks is for you. It’s ideal for both the surfer and swimmer and there are four spectacular beaches. It is also the home to the famous Trial Bay Gaol and Smoky Cape Lighthouse: clothing boutiques for the discerning shopper, gourmet cafes, a hotel and much more.

HORSESHOE BAY is the local’s preferred surfing beach when there is an East Coast Low. This spectacular beach has two grassy headlands to picnic on, a sandy beach to sunbake and sheltered cove to swim in. It is patrolled on weekends and during holiday season. Although MAIN BEACH is not regarded as a good surfing beach it does offer good body-boarding and body surfing. It is also patrolled on weekends and during the holiday season.

The waters of the sublime TRIAL BAY are a swimming beach and popular with families and small children. This westerly facing cove is perfect for a couple to share a wine while watching the water turn golden with the setting of the sun. Dependant on the wind direction and sand bars SOUTH SMOKY BEACH can offer good waves for the experienced surfer. It has four wheel drive access for those with a permit. This long secluded beach is the perfect place to find a quiet spot to settle the family for the day. Neither of these beaches is patrolled.

There is accommodation aplenty in and around South West Rocks. With five tourist parks offering all the van sites, cabins and amenities caravanners or campers could ever wish for, rented bungalows to bed and breakfast establishments, the tourist will be well catered for.

Travelling from the south turn off the Pacific Highway at Kempsey just before the road bridge and follow the road for 38km passing through the historic villages of Gladstone and Kinchela until you reach South West Rocks. From the north turn left off the Pacific Highway onto Plummers Lane 1km after the Clybucca service station. Follow the road along the river until you cross over the Macleay River on the Jerseyville Bridge. Turn left at the intersection and follow the road into town.