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Trial Bay Gaol
Arakoon State Conservation Area is located three kilometres east of South West Rocks. This reserve is home to Trial Bay Gaol (1886), a picturesque ruin which was built as a public works prison but was also used as a World War I internment camp. The gaol is surrounded by rocky foreshores and pleasant sandy beaches.
Wander through the gaol museum, explore the ruins or relax on the beach. Stroll over Monument Hill to the Little Bay picnic area, or enjoy the spectacular half-day walk from the picnic area to historic Smoky Cape Lighthouse in Hat Head National Park.
Around the gaol there are picnic areas and facilities for Picnicking, easy bushwalks, sightseeing, surfing, swimming, beach and rock fishing are all available.
Location: Cardwell Street, South West Rocks, Kempsey Area, New South Wales, Australia

Smoky Cape Lighthouse
Smoky Cape Lighthouse was built on the deserted headland in 1891 and life for its keepers and their families was one of isolation, hardship and self-reliance. The lighthouse is the most elevated in NSW and is still operational, but these days a stay in the keepers' cottages is nothing short of heavenly. Lighthouse tours can be arranged on request and a fascinating audio display is open anytime. At 128 metres above sea level and cradled in Hat Head National Park’s wilderness, you will feel as though you are on the top of the world and the end of the earth.

Scuba Dive Fish Rock Cave
Fish Rock Cave is Australia's best ocean cave dive, and voted among the top ten dive sites in Australia, Fish Rock is located just over two kilometres off Smoky Cape at South West Rocks on the New South Wales Mid North Coast.
The thrill of entering a 125 metre long cave and travelling right through the centre of a small island is one dive that you will not want to miss. As well as the cave itself, Fish Rock is home to such an amazing array of marine life that you will easily understand how the island came to be named. This is a dive location that must be included in your dive itinerary!
Fish Rock and Green Island are critical habitat areas for the Grey Nurse sharks, which live here in large numbers all year round.

The Fishing
The mix of tropical and temperate species is the first and most obvious part of the place's attraction. Spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel, cobia, dolphin fish, rainbow runner, longtail tuna, wahoo and sailfish are all seasonally common or at least reasonably available.
To southern anglers limited to yellowfin tuna, marlin and yellowtail kingfish the chance to tangle with tropical species only five to six hours drive north of Sydney is highly attractive. The bonus is that the yellowfin, marlin and kings are here too, often in numbers not seen further south.
Marlin December to mid April, large numbers of small blacks. Blue and striped marlin on the shelf all year round.

Fishing Seasons
Spotted Mackerel December to June.
Spanish Mackerel Late January to June.
Cobia December to August.
Dolphin Fish January to June, (March, April, May best).
Longtail and Mackerel Tuna February to August.
Yellowtail Kingfish All year round.
Big Tailor (2 5 Kg.) May, June, July.
Snapper/Offshore Bottom Fish January to October.
Bar Cod/Lge. Deepwater Species May to October.
Mulloway All year round.
Yellowfin Tuna/A1bacore/Marlin August to October.
Lge Estuary Flathead November to February.
Bream/Whiting/Flathead All year round.
Bass October to April.

Country Club
The South West Rocks Country Club was established in April 1958, and has developed into the largest club on the Macleay River.

South West Rocks Surf Club
Located on Main Beach

Smithtown Riverview Hotel
The Smithtown Riverview Hotel is only 15 minutes away from most tourist areas in the Kempsey Macleay region on the Mid North Coast of NSW, and is situated right on the water, which makes for a relaxing place to take all of the family.
You will appreciate the friendly, welcoming atmosphere of the Smithtown Riverview Hotel. There is plenty to do and talk about at the hotel which features a children's playground, a large screen for sport events, pool tables, Austar, Sky, TAB & Keno. There are also boating facilities, should you arrive by boat, and of course great dining

Big River Environmental Services EcoTours
FISHING - Beach Estuary Freshwater
Surfing, Snorkeling, Mountain Bike Riding
Travel in a comfortable Land Rover Discovery 4X4 (Max 4 people) to beautiful places on the Mid North Coast:
70km of coastline including: the beaches between South West Rocks, Hat Head, Crescent Head and Port Macquarie Hinterland locations and mountain lookouts in the Upper Macleay Valley We can also guide you on bushwalks around the headlands or in the fantastic mountainous country and rainforests of the Upper Macleay Valley.
Your guide will show you the sights and the local ecology. Your guide is a keen fisherman, surfer, diver, bird watcher, bushwalker and will share their knowledge with you. We supply fishing, snorkeling, surfing equipment.
If you want to go beach, estuary or fresh water fishing you do not need to buy a recreational fishing permit as we have one that covers you for the day. Let us show you how to catch a fish.
Follow us in your own 4x4. We can teach you how to use your 4wd beach driving and off road. We carry 4x4 recovery equipment if you want to do some real hard core 4x4 driving.
We also offer a tour that travels via the bush tracks of the Upper Macleay to visit wineries and bush pubs.
Phone +61 (02) 65666801
Mobile 0408515818
Further Information
For more information visit the South West Rocks Visitor Information Centre at the historic Boatman Cottage in Ocean Avenue and take time to absorb its marvellous maritime display.
Children's playgrounds at Horseshoe Bay Park and Little Bay Picnic area.
To see kangaroos head to Little Bay or New Entrance, and feed the ducks at Overshot Dam, also known as the Duck Pond.

Beach driving, for permit holders only, is permitted on the southern end of South Smoky Beach. For information and beach driving permits, maps and regulations contact Kempsey Shire Council on (02) 6566 3200.

NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships
When: from 13/01/2012 to 15/01/2012
The NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships is the fourth largest event of its type in the world, and the largest surf carnival outside of the Australian and NSW and QLD state titles.
At South West Rocks, over 2000 competitors and countless officials, coaches, families and spectators will converge on beautiful South West Rocks beach to see the best competitors in Country NSW compete to be named NSW Country Champions.
Location: Horseshoe Bay Headland Reserve, South West Rocks, Kempsey Area, New South Wales, Australia
Phone: 6566 6590

Horseshoe Bay Markets - South West Rocks
Date: Held 2nd Saturday of the month
Venue: South West Rocks Reserve - Horseshoe Bay, South West Rocks
Contact Details: 0427 788 767
Markets are held from 8:00am to 12:00 noon. Come along and enjoy the day, beachside at these popular markets filled with an exciting variety of stalls.

South West Rocks Seabreeze Hotel Pro-Am Fishing Club
Date: Held 1st Sunday of month
Venue: Seabreeze Hotel. Livingstone St, South West Rocks.
Contact Details:Peter Askew 65 667 736
Fishing competition commencing at 12:01am Saturday .Weigh in is held in the beer garden at the hotel from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Sunday and a barbecue lunch is provided at a small cost. Entry forms available at the Seabreeze Hotel or Marine Bait and Tackle.

Sculpture in the Gaol - Trial Bay Gaol, Arakoon
Date: August - October Annually
Venue: Trial Bay Gaol
Contact Details: Trial Bay Gaol 02 6566 6168 PO Box 25, South West Rocks 2431
Event co-ordinator for the Sculpture this year is Neville Nunney 02 65 666 419

Whale Watching on the Macleay Valley Coastline
Date: Sept to Nov every year.
Whale can be done from any high point on the coast. Watching begins, as the majestic humpbacks make their way back south. The South West Rocks & Arakoon Coastline offers amazing view points to watch the whales migrating back south and playing with their new calves.

Kundabung Rodeo - Kundabung
Date: October Long Weekend
Venue: Kundabung Rodeo Grounds - 10km south of Kempsey or 30km north of ort Macquarie
Contact Details: John Scott 02 6561 5037
Kundabung Rodeo highlights will include bull riding events featuring some of Australia's best cowboys. This is a truly great day out for the whole family, so come along and enjoy the fun and entertainment. More details will be posted, when they become available, but mark this event on your calendar as one, not to be missed.

Annual Trial Bay Triathlon - South West Rocks
Date: 3rd Saturday and Sunday of February
Venue: Trial Bay Gaol - Event Starts
Contact Details: Mary Dunkley 02 6566 6795 or Peter Needs 02 6566 6700
A two day event featuring competition for both juniors and seniors. The 22nd Annual triathlon will start at the Trial Bay Gaol and consists of a 500m swim and a 26km bicycle ride and 6km run around picturesque Trial Bay.

Annual Nestle Junior Triathlon
Date: 3rd Saturday and Sunday of February
Venue: Trial Bay Gaol - Start
Contact Details: Mary Dunkley 02 6566 6795 or Peter Needs 02 6566 6700
1st race commences at 12.30pm. Racing is for 5 to 15yrs. Five races: 5yrs; 6-7yrs; 8-9yrs; 10-11yrs and 12-15yrs plus teams 12-15yrs . Separate entry form required for each race entered. Contact: Mary Dunkley 02 6566 6795

Crescent Head Sky Show - Crescent Head
Date: Sunday of the Queen's Birthday Long Week-end in June
Venue: Crescent Head Reserve - Crescent Head
Contact Details: Crescent Head Sky Show - Crescent Head Contact: Joanne Watt
Crescent Head Sky Show will be held on the Crescent Head Reserve. This family fun day will include: markets, beach events, antique cars,rides, amusements, bird show, & reptile show. The reptile show includes snakes, baby crocodiles, turtles and lizards which will be highlights of this event. Two reptile shows of one hour each will be held at 11am and 2pm. There will be an exotic bird display.There will also fireworks which will start at 6pm. You can enjoy the lion's club BBQ all day & into the evening. [ This event is always held on the Sunday of the June long-weekend] Contact: Joanne Watts 02 65 660 05
The Crescent Head Sky Show is an alcohol free event. Activities will start at 10am.
The Lions Club would like to inform visitors and locals that Reserve Road will be closed, on the day from 5.30am until 7.30pm. The day is an alcohol free day.