Crescent Head: Mid North Coast NSW

Author: Tahlia Maynard   Date Posted:7 March 2017 

Less than a five-hour drive north of Sydney, is a land of sunny skies, happy blue waters, and limitless beach side fun, more commonly known as Crescent Head.

Average Winter Temp: 15°C

Average Summer Temp: 26°C

Traditionally inhabited by: Dunghutti Aboriginal people

A surfer’s paradise, Crescent Head is home to one of the most famous point breaks in the world. Many surfing beaches highlight the area, leaving you spoilt for choice. These include Main Beach, Back Beach, Big Hill, Delicate Nobby, Goolawah Reserve Beach, Racecourse Beach, and Killick Beach. The last of these hosts the famous Crescent Head Malibu Classic every year.

The waters off Crescent Head aren’t just superb surfing material; they’re also great for fishing, boating, and humpback whale watching (from May to November). The sandy beaches that face them are ideal for sunbathing your worries away. And the bushland beyond has excellent walking tracks, such as those in the Hat Head National Park, Goolawah National Park and Limeburners Creek National Park. The Big Hill Rainforest Walking Track in particular is a huge favourite among travellers, offering panoramic views of the coastline, and at least a glimpse of a koala or two!

The laid-back little town of Crescent Head plays a gracious host to countless visitors from around the world every year. It is well supported by the neighbouring areas of Kempsey and South West Rocks, together offering travellers some excellent camping and accommodation options, and helping them explore the many delights of the Mid North Coast of New South Wales.

Attractions & Activities:

  • Surfing
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Boating
  • Whale Watching
  • Picnicking
  • Bushwalking
  • Beach Camping
  • Koala Sighting
  • Goolawah National Park
  • Bill Hill Rainforest Walking Track
  • Delicate Beach
  • Killick Beach
  • Banyandah Studio
  • Crescent Head Country Club
  • Crescent Head Malibu Classic

Caravan Parks:

Crescent Head Holiday Park

Crescent Head, NSW

By far the best located caravan park in Crescent Head, Crescent Head Holiday Park is a superb beachfront property that’s right in the thick of things, as far as surfing, swimming, boating and fishing in the area are concerned. The camping grounds here are well equipped with amenities, and with supporting facilities such as an onsite café with delicious fare. Guests can have their pick of ocean side and creek side caravan sites, and unwind amid the serene coastal views and fresh sea breezes that characterize the region. Management to be contacted for tariffs. Cabins and bungalows are also available.

 

Kempsey Tourist Village

Kempsey, NSW

Located on the eastern side of Kempsey, this tourist village is just a 15-20 minute drive from Crescent Head. It is also located hallway between Sydney and Brisbane, thus featuring as a popular tourist stop in this part of the country. Kempsey Tourist Village offers affordable accommodation, and camping space for all varieties of caravans, RVs, buses and campers. The 32 acre property is pet friendly and equipped with a swimming pool, barbecue area, laundry facilities and an onsite convenience store.

$20/night - $25/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites (rates mentioned are for off-peak and peak season respectively)

$25/night - $35/night for 2 persons, powered sites (rates mentioned are for off-peak and peak season respectively)

$5 for every additional person (5+ years)

(Cabins and on-site caravans are also available.)

 

Ingenia Holidays South West Rocks

South West Rocks, NSW

A beautiful property located along the banks of a tidal waterway about an hour’s drive from Crescent Head, Ingenia Holidays South West Rocks is a great place to relax, unwind, and get in the mood for some coastal NSW fun. With a number of scenic beaches within walking distance, and the full range of accommodation and recreation facilities right on site, this is a great choice for travellers with all varieties of budgets and preferences. The camping area can accommodate as many as 150 rigs, offering a mix of shady, grassy, and slab sites, as well as drive-thru and ensuite sites.

$35/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites

$45/night for 2 persons, powered waterfront sites

$55/night for 2 persons, powered ensuite sites

(Villas, cabins and studios are also available.)

 

Free Camping / Low Cost Camping:

Besides NSW’s roadside rest areas for short layovers, caravanning tourists can find low cost camping grounds in any of the national parks around Crescent Head. Popular campgrounds include Trial Bay Gaol campground in Arakoon National Park, Melaleuca campground and Point Plomer campground in Limeburners Creek National Park, and Delicate campground in Goolawah Regional Park.