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Scotts Head
New South Wales
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Scotts Head beach looking north
Population 821 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 2447
LGA(s) Nambucca Shire
Region Mid North Coast
County Raleigh
Parish Congarinni
State electorate(s) Oxley
Federal Division(s) Cowper

Scotts Head is a coastal village of the Nambucca Shire local government area in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. Located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 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.

The town, which had a population of 821 at the 2011 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.


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.


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