Macksville is second of the ‘ville’ towns in this immediate region. Bowraville the other. Macksville is a pretty town nestled on the banks of the Nambucca River. Macksville is encounted when traveling between Coffs Harbour and Dempsey. Although a pretty town with some history the two hotels are the heritage story in this town.

Macksville was named after Angus Mackay and Hugh McNally, who built the Star Hotel in 1885. The town became Macks Village before changing to Macksville.

In 2006 Australian Census Macksville had a population of 2,658, despite the sign at the entrance to the town claiming a population of 7000! This included 144 (6.7%) indigenous persons and 1,854 (86%) others born in Australia.

It is home to the famous Macksville Bridge and Star Hotel, located on River Street and overlooking the Nambucca River. The Macknivens Hotel likewise has much history to relate. Both pubs with so much history determine a longer visit.

The Nambucca Shire chambers are located in Macksville.

Nambucca Post Office opened on 1 August 1868 and was renamed Macksville in 1889.

The Macksville Museum is located 2k along the River Road.

The Macksville War Memorial is clearly an oversight and would be one of the worst acknowledgements in Australasia.

The Catholic Church is a very modern offering, the Anglican, United and Presbyterian all mid-century buildings.

Most of the ‘old’ buildings are now gone from Macksville, but a visit and linger will be easy to do.



Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
  Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information   Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course