Diving in South West Rocks

Australia's Best Shark & Cave Dive ...

Fish Rock Cave, Green Island, Black Rock, Goal Reef and Ladies Reef  are all popular dive sites just 2km off Smoky Cape - South West Rocks.

Fish Rock Cave is known as one of Australia's best dive spots.  But the Cave is just the beginning of the great diving around South West Rocks. The surrounds of Fish Rock offer some spectacular dives and opportunities to view the abundant marine life that congregates around the Rock like:-

Grey Nurse Sharks, Wobbegong Sharks, Black Cod, Black Rays, giant Cuttle Fish, Turtles, Moray Eels, friendly Blue Gropers & a variety of fish life

Divers come to stay with us from all over the world to either discover or revisit the Fish Rock Dive Site - an opportunity not to be missed!!

Let the professional team at the
South West Rocks Dive Centre
take care of your diving adventure 
Phone:  02 6566 6474

Trial Bay Gaol

The Trial Bay Goal is our most popular tourist attraction & an icon not to be missed when visiting South West Rocks.  Opened in 1886 and taking 12 years to build.

The prison laborers were there to construct a breakwater to make Trial Bay a safe harbour.  During World War I the gaol became an internment camp for people of German descent who were feared to be enemy sympathizers.

Today, this picturesque historic ruin stands as a testament to those who lived and died here, with a museum and memorial for visitors to get a better idea of life in those days.

Open 7 days - 9am to 4.30pm

Don't Miss Sculpture in the Gaol ​
5th August to 1st September 2018
Gala Opening Day - Sunday 5th August 2018


Smoky Cape Lighthouse

Perched high on a headland in the beautiful Hat Head National Park on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Smoky Cape and its historic residences is the most elevated lighthouse on the east coast.

Completely surrounded in a natural bushland setting with sweeping coastal views, it's a perfect place for whale watching, bush walking, swimming, fishing or just relaxing with family and friends. 

Guided Lighthouse Tours
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
at 1pm – (02) 6566 6301


South West Rocks Beaches

South West Rocks offers a great variety of magnificent beaches with breathtaking coastal scenery in the Macleay Valley Coast and is situated at the entrance to the Macleay River.

Beaches include: Horseshoe Bay, Main Beach, Trial Bay, Back Beach and Lighthouse Beach, Little Bay, Gap Beach and North Smoky Beach.

For water lovers South West Rocks offers:

  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Boat Hire
  • Charter Deep Sea Fishing
  • River Fishing
  • Sailboard Hire
  • Surfing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkelling

South West Rocks Surf Club

South West Rocks SLSC was formed in 1919 and has operated continuously ever since.
The club is a community organization run by volunteers who are dedicated to protecting members of the public who surf and swim at our beaches. We conduct patrols on weekends and public holidays during the season from October to April each year.

They are a welcoming and inclusive club and would love to spread awareness of beach and surf safety either out on the beach, or up at the clubhouse at the boulders bar and bistro!

1 Livingstone St,
South West Rocks
NSW 2431

Slim Dusty Centre

Whilst in the area take a 20 minute drive to Kempsey & visit the Slim Dusty Centre!

Slim Dusty Country Music Festival - Kempsey, 15 to 21 October 2018

South West Rocks Country Club

We are located only 150m from the South West Rocks Country Club which offers:

  • 18 Hole Golf Course
  • Bowling Greens
  • Tennis Courts
  • 25m Swimming Pool
  • Croquet pitch