9 AWESOME THINGS TO DO IN CRESCENT HEAD NSW – COMPLETE GUIDE

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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 Crescent Head has to offer. 

In brief, some of the best things to see and do in Crescent Head 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 Crescent Head 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 Crescent Head, there is something for everyone!

Having visited Crescent Head 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 Crescent Head visitors guide, I have included some useful information on where to stay in Crescent Head, the best time to visit Crescent Head and other points of interest on Australia’s East Coast. 

 

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WHERE IS CRESCENT HEAD & HOW TO GET THERE

Crescent Head is approximately a 6-hour drive south of the Gold Coast and around 5-hours drive north of Sydney.

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You will need your own vehicle to visit Crescent Head New South Wales as there are no public transportation options.

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9 AWESOME THINGS TO DO IN CRESCENT HEAD

As mentioned earlier, there are many fantastic things to do in Crescent Head which are suitable for all types of travelers and people of all ages. 

Please see below for an overview of 9 awesome things to do in Crescent Head that you will find in this post:

  1. Surf the point break at Crescent Head
  2. Swim in Killick Creek
  3. Play a round of golf 
  4. Book a stay at Crescent Head Holiday Park
  5. See the view from Crescent Head Lookout
  6. Watch the waves on Pebbly Beach
  7. Scenic drive to Point Plommer
  8. Enjoy a meal at Crescent Head Country Club
  9. Watch the sunset from Little Nobby

 

#1 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 Head 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. 

Crescent Head is 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 Crescent Head catches the bigger swells, it’s a great spot for short-boarders too. 

If you’re wanting to surf the famous point break at Crescent Head, it’s best to bring your own surfboard, rent one from the local surf shop in town or you can check out Surfaris who offer lessons, surf tours and accommodation.

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#2 SWIM IN KILLICK CREEK

Next on this list of awesome things to do in Crescent Head 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 Crescent Head Caravan Park, you can simply go for a refreshing dip in the shallow waters of Killick Creek, take the kids for some stand-up paddleboarding 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 Crescent Head’s sandy beaches to the north.

 

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#3 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 of Crescent Head Beach and Pebbly Beach, 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, Crescent Head 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, Crescent Head’s iconic beaches and Hat Head can be seen in the distance. 

One thing to remember when playing a round of golf at Crescent Head Golf Course 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. 

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#4 STAY AT CRESCENT HEAD HOLIDAY PARK

If you’re looking to spend a couple of days at Crescent Head, there’s no better spot to stay than at the Crescent Head Caravan Park which offers beachfront campsites, cabins and amenities. 

The caravan park Crescent Head 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. 

 

#5 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 of Crescent Head.

There are two ways to reach Crescent Head Lookout;

  1. Walk up the headland via the golf course and you’ll find a dirt trail that leads around the cliffs to Crescent Head Lookout.
  2. Drive to the end of Skyline Crescent, find a park in the parking lot and Crescent Head Lookout is just a stone’s throw from here. 

 

#6 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 Crescent Head is worthy of checking out to take a few photos and marvel at the ocean.

 

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#7 SCENIC DRIVE TO POINT PLOMMER

Another epic adventure to add to your list of things to do in Crescent Head is taking a 25-minute scenic coastal drive south of Crescent Head to Point Plommer.

Do 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 road-side parking lots at each one where you can safely park your vehicle and set off on foot to explore. 

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#8 ENJOY A MEAL AT CRESCENT HEAD 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 Crescent Head Beach.

You are spoiled for choice at Crescent Head 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, Crescent Head 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 Crescent Head Country Club on your list of things to do in Crescent Head.

 

#9 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 Crescent Head town center 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 in Crescent Head. 

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WHERE TO STAY IN CRESCENT HEAD

There are countless accommodation options to choose from in Crescent Head 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.

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Luxury: The Med Crescent Head

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BEST TIME TO VISIT CRESCENT HEAD

Crescent Head 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 in Crescent Head is between December and February which sees hot temperatures and rainfall.

 

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FINAL THOUGHTS OF CRESCENT HEAD

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about Crescent Head NSW, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

Happy Adventuring!

Jonny Melon
Jonny Melon

Hey, I’m Jonny – surfer, skater, photographer, and coffee-lover from Australia!

With an ever-growing passion for travel and the outdoors, I launched Jonny Melon Adventure Travel Blog in 2017, and I’ve been exploring the world ever since!

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