Crescent Head is low-key my favorite destination on the east coast of Australia, and that’s saying something!
This cruisey little surf town located in the Macleay region on the mid-NSW North Coast draws in visitors from far and wide to relax, unwind and experience the one-of-a-kind atmosphere that this place has to offer.
In brief, some of the best things to see and do in the area include surfing the world-famous right-hand point break, swimming in the crystal clear waters of Killick Creek, watching the sunset from Little Nobby, playing a round of golf on the shorefront, booking a stay at the Holiday Park, taking a scenic coastal drive to Point Plommer and many more fantastic experiences!
Whether you have one day or one week to explore this incredible destination, there is something here for everyone!
Having visited on countless occasions over the years, I think it’s safe to say that I know this place like the back of my hand. Furthermore, I have put together this complete guide of 9 awesome things to do in Crescent Head so that you can make the most of your time spent here.
Also, at the bottom of this guide, I have included some useful information on where to stay, the best time to visit, and other points of interest on Australia’s East Coast.
WHERE IS CRESCENT HEAD?
Crescent Head is approximately a 6-hour drive south of the Gold Coast and around a 5-hour drive north of Sydney.
HOW TO GET HERE
You will need your own vehicle to visit Crescent Head New South Wales as there are no public transportation options to get here.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT
Crescent Head NSW sees glorious sunshine almost all year round.
If you want the best of the best conditions weatherwise, I recommend visiting between May and October (Autumn, Winter, Spring) which is most ideal for beach bumming, nature walks, and water sports.
Summer is between December and February which sees hot temperatures and rainfall.
The surf break
9 AWESOME THINGS TO DO IN CRESCENT HEAD
As mentioned earlier, there are many fantastic things to do in Crescent Head that are suitable for all types of travelers, especially those living the surf van life in Australia.
Please see below for an overview of 9 awesome things to do that you will find in this post:
- Surf the point break
- Swim in Killick Creek
- Play a round of golf
- Book a stay at the Holiday Park
- See the view from Crescent Head Lookout
- Watch the waves on Pebbly Beach
- Scenic drive to Point Plommer
- Enjoy a meal at the Country Club
- Watch the sunset from Little Nobby
Crescent Head Surfing
CRESCENT HEAD SURFING
First up on this list of things to do in Crescent Head is surfing the world-famous right-hand point break that wraps around Little Nobby headland and into the bay.
Not only is Crescent dubbed one of the longest right-hander waves in the country but it’s also classed as one of Australia’s iconic Natural Surfing Reserves.
It’s mostly suited for longboarders as it’s a pretty mellow wave that peels off the point and runs for a couple of hundred meters to Killick Creek. Though in saying that, when the conditions are in favor and this region catches the bigger swells, it’s a great spot for short-boarders too.
If you’re wanting to surf the famous point break, it’s best to bring your own surfboard, rent one from the local surf shop in town or you can check out Surfaris which offers lessons, surf tours, and accommodation.
Right-hand point break
SWIM IN KILLICK CREEK
Next on this list of awesome things to do is to take a dip in the crystal clear waters of Killick Creek!
Situated right around the corner from the famous surf break and just a stone’s throw from the Caravan Park, you can simply go for a refreshing dip in the shallow waters of Killick Creek, take the kids for some stand-up paddle boarding or hang out on the creek-side sandbanks in the sun.
Another cool feature at Killick Creek is an old wooden footbridge that stretches from one side of the creek to the other which can be used on high tide to access more of the sandy beaches to the north.
Crescent Head NSW
PLAY A ROUND OF GOLF
Crescent Head Golf Course is arguably one of the most scenic golf courses in Australia!
Ideally located on the shorefront, this is one course you just have to play a round of golf at and it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or a pro!
For just $15 a game, this golf course may be a small course but it comes with a big view. From the 2nd tee off you’ll have panoramic views overlooking the entire town, iconic beaches, and Hat Head can be seen in the distance.
One thing to remember when playing a round of golf is that there are generally people on foot exploring the area on the outskirts of the course. Be sure to yell ‘fore’ if you see your golf ball heading towards an unsuspecting pedestrian.
The shorefront golf course
STAY AT THE HOLIDAY PARK
If you’re looking to spend a couple of days, there’s no better spot to stay than at the Crescent Head Caravan Park which offers beachfront campsites, cabins, and amenities.
The caravan park has availability all year round though they are generally fully booked during school holidays and Christmas holidays so make sure to book well in advance during these times.
Once you’re all set up at Crescent Head Holiday Park you can simply get around on foot to the beaches, grocery stores, cafes, restaurants, etc as everything is within walking distance from the park.
CRESCENT HEAD LOOKOUT
Crescent Head Lookout is definitely not to be missed on your list of things to do in Crescent Head. Located just above the golf club on the edge of the cliff, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the town, Little Nobby, Big Nobby, the beaches to the north, and the beaches to the south.
There are two ways to reach the lookout;
- Walk up the headland via the golf course and you’ll find a dirt trail that leads around the cliffs to the lookout.
- Drive to the end of Skyline Crescent, find a park in the parking lot, and the lookout is just a stone’s throw from here.
WATCH THE WAVES ON PEBBLY BEACH
Pebbly Beach, located on the south side of Little Nobby, is a great spot to perch up on one of the park benches and watch the waves crashing in and out of this rocky bay.
Not many people surf or swim at Pebbly Beach as it’s quite dangerous with many rugged rocks in the bay. Nonetheless, Pebbly Beach is worthy of checking out to take a few photos and marvel at the ocean.
SCENIC DRIVE TO POINT PLOMMER
Another epic adventure to add to your list of things to do is taking a 25-minute scenic coastal drive south to Point Plommer.
Please note: the route to Point Plommer is an unsealed dirt road though it’s suitable for all types of cars, vans, caravans, etc. Take it slow, don’t overtake, and enjoy the drive through the national park.
On the way to Point Plommer, there are a few must-see spots to check out which are Racecourse Head, Delicate Nobby, Big Hill Picnic Area, The Arches, and lastly Point Plommer. Each of these spots can be found on Google Maps and you’ll find roadside parking lots at each one where you can safely park your vehicle and set off on foot to explore.
Scenic Drive to Point Plommer
Beach near Point Plommer
ENJOY A MEAL AT THE COUNTRY CLUB
Feeling hungry?! You sure can’t go past a hearty meal at the Crescent Head Country Club, which not only offers delicious food but also boasts incredible ocean views of Killick Creek and the main beach.
You are spoiled for choice at the Country Club with two restaurants inside the venue which are;
- Birdies Bistro – Australian cuisine open for lunch and dinner
- Bamboo Restaurant – Chinese cuisine open for lunch and dinner
In addition to the restaurants, there is a fully licensed bar inside serving up your favorite beer, wine, or spirit.
For the sporting enthusiasts, the Country Club also offers lawn bowls, tennis, golf cart hire, pool table, and TAB facilities.
With a relaxed atmosphere and stunning coastal setting, be sure to include a visit to the Country Club on your list of things to do.
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WATCH THE SUNSET FROM LITTLE NOBBY
Last but not least on this list of awesome things to do in Crescent Head is watching an unforgettable sunset from Little Nobby!
It’s an easy walk along the footpath from the center of town to Little Nobby that takes no more than 5-10 minutes, or if you’re already at the main beach, it’s just a stone’s throw to the Little Nobby viewpoint.
When you reach the end of the footpath, there is a dirt trail that leads up the mellow hillside to the top of Little Nobby headland and it’s arguably the best spot to watch the sunset.
Little Nobby sunset
WHERE TO STAY IN CRESCENT HEAD
There are countless accommodation options to choose from in the area so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See below for a list of accommodations that I personally recommend:
Luxury: The Med Crescent Head
Mid Range: Crescent Head Resort
Budget: Surfaris Retreat
WHAT TO PACK FOR CRESCENT HEAD
When visiting Cresso, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;
- Sunscreen – the Australian sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
- Quick-dry travel towel – the most compact and lightweight towel for traveling.
- Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
- Backpack – The Nomatic 30L Travel Pack is the ultimate backpack for everyday adventures.
If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend;
- GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
- Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
- DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.
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