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Macksville is a small riverside town on the beautiful Nambucca River, apart from fishing and oyster-farming, the surrounding areas are known for bananas and other tropical fruits, vegetables, grazing, dairying and timber.

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Location

Macksville is 470 km (5 hr drive) north east of Sydney. It is 56 km (45 mins drive) from Coffs Harbour in the north and 100 km (70 min drive) south to Port Macquarie.

As a former river port, Macksville is rich in history. The adjacent Nambucca River today provides many recreational opportunities, as do the nearby national parks and ocean beaches.

How to get there

Coffs Harbour Airport is 45 min drive from Macksville. The airport is serviced by Fly Corporate (flights to Brisbane), Tiger Air (flights to Melbourne and Sydney), Qantas (flights to Sydney) and Virgin Australia (flights to Sydney).

Coffs Harbour is serviced by NSW TrainLink with northbound and southbound trains daily. Macksville railway station is located on the North Coast line providing a connection to Sydney and Brisbane.

Population

Macksville is home to almost 3000 people, the median age of residents is 49 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up  more than 8% of the population.

The town is located in the North Coast Primary Health Network, this needs assessment provides an insight into population health across the North Coast community.

Healthcare facilities

Macksville District Hospital is a 61 bed, level 3, rural hospital. The hospital provides 24-hour inpatient and emergency department services, low complexity low risk birthing and low level day only surgical services provided by specialist surgeons and anaesthetists. Medical services are provided by general practitioners.

Coffs Harbour Health Campus, a 40 min drive from Macksville, is the major referral hospital for the Coffs Network of the Mid North Coast Local Health District. It is a 292 bed facility and provides a broad range of services including day surgery, planned and emergency theatre service, coronary care (including coronary angiography unit), intensive care, obstetrics, paediatrics, 24-hour emergency department, oncology, palliative care, rehabilitation, stroke, acute renal dialysis, high dependency and mental health and an extensive range of outpatient clinics. A range of allied health services are also available on the campus.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Macksville.

Accredited GP practices

  • Star Street Medical Centre

  • Industry

The major industry sectors employing residents of Macksville are: aged care residential services, supermarket and grocery stores, primary education, hospitals (except psychiatric hospitals) and road and bridge construction.
  • Education

Macksville has four schools: Macksville Public School (K-6), St Patrick’s Primary School (K-6), Macksville Adventist School (K-6) and Macksville High School (7-12). Additional schools are located in Nambucca Heads (20 min drive from Macksville) and the larger centre of Coffs Harbour.
  • Childcare

For young families Macksville offers after school hours and vacation care, pre-school and long day care. Additional childcare options are available in nearby Nambucca Heads and Coffs Harbour.
  • Shopping

Macksville offers Woolworths, Four Square and Food Works supermarkets as well as some larger retail stores including Furniture One and Mitre 10, along with many smaller retailers. Less than an hour drive from Macksville, Coffs Habour offers a wide range of shopping experiences from boutique shopping by the waterfront to large shopping centres.
  • Places of worship

There are numerous places of worship located in Macksville including Anglican, Catholic, Jehovah’s Witness, Presbyterian and Salvation Army. There is a Buddhist community and Islamic musallah in Coffs Harbour.
  • Points of interest

Macksville and surrounds offers much to do including water sports on the Nambucca River, visiting Gaagal Wanggaan and Yarriabini national parks, Mount Yarrahapinni and Taylors Arm. To the west in Taylors Arm is the Pub with No Beer, made famous by country music singer Slim Dusty's hit song. Local events including the Macksville Annual Show and Macksville Music Muster can be found in the Nambucca Valley events calendar.
  • Sporting activities

There is a range of sporting facilities, sporting clubs and teams in Macksville including rugby tennis, soccer, boxing, rugby league, touch football, cycling and swimming.
  • Community groups and activities

In Macksville, community groups and volunteer organisations include the Country Women's Association Macksville, Mid-North Coast Blues Club Inc., and Nambucca/Macksville Evening View Club. More details can be found in the Nambucca Shire Council community directory.
  • Social media groups

There are social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Macksville. Good places to start are the Facebook pages Guardian News, Nambucca Shire Council and Macksville, Nambucca, Valla Beach,Coffs Harbour BUY, SELL, SWAP!.