Crescent Head NSW: The Best Things to See and Do

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Embraced as one of the country's top surf destinations, Crescent Head encompasses that quintessential Aussie beach village charm with its relaxed, retro atmosphere and rich surf culture.

Families seeking to delve into the natural and historical wonders of the Macleay Valley Coast region often fall in love with Crescent Head, and end up returning time after time. It's a little under a five-hour drive from Sydney, making it a good option for school holiday getaways. 

There are so many things to see and do in Crescent Head - we've rounded up our favourites. 

Crescent Head NSW: The Best Things to See and Do

Surfing is one of the biggest drawcards to Crescent Head, and there are plenty of options for wave-catchers of all ages! As well as beaches, there are plenty of stunning national parks in the region just waiting to be explored, plus cafes, restaurants, and idyllic places to stay - it really has it all!

1. Catch the Sunrise at Little Nobby

Little Nobby Crescent Head
Little Nobby Crescent Head

Sunrise in such a stunning location is a no-brainer, and it's safe to say that Little Nobby at Crescent Head delivers a really stunning view at first light.

Location: Crescent Head Main Beach

2. Grab a Seaside Coffee at Point Break Cafe

Point Break Cafe
Point Break Cafe is the perfect place to grab your morning coffee!

Situated along the gorgeous beachfront of Crescent Head, right at the foot of the surf club, Point Break Cafe is your go-to spot for gourmet takeaway delights and barista-made coffee—all served with a friendly smile!

Location: 367 Reserve Rd, Crescent Head

3. Go for a Surf at Killick Beach 

Killick Beach
Killick Beach

Stretching for a whopping 14 kilometres, Killick Beach in Crescent Head boasts a scenic expanse of pure white sand.

This beach is not only famous for its picturesque beauty but also is renowned for hosting the Crescent Head Malibu Classic. The standout feature is the legendary long, slow right-hand wave that gracefully peels off the point, making it ideal for longboard enthusiasts in a variety of swell conditions.

Location: Killick Beach

4. Paddle Through Killick Creek

Killick Creek
Killick Creek

Killick Creek, flowing into the Pacific Ocean, offers a family-friendly haven for swimming, especially for children.

Right in front of the surf club, you'll find a beach break with left- and right-hand waves, catering to various conditions. This beach is a favourite among families in Crescent Head, thanks to its central location, bbq facilities, and a playground for the little ones.

Location: Reserve Road, Crescent Head

5. Explore Hat Head National Park

Hat Head National Park
Hat Head National Park

Hat Head National Park showcases exceptional natural features—beaches, sand dunes, rainforests, and wetlands—creating a perfect setting for bushwalking, camping, or a peaceful picnic.

Explore numerous walking tracks, enjoy excellent fishing opportunities, and catch a glimpse of passing whales. Birdwatchers will delight in spotting the likes of black swans, spoonbills, majestic hawks, eagles, and various shorebirds. 

Location: Hat Head National Park

6. Play a Round of Golf at Crescent Head Country Club

Crescent Head Country Club
Crescent Head Country Club

The Crescent Head Country Club is a real community hub and the go-to spot for both local residents and visiting families seeking relaxation and fun.

With offerings ranging from golf, mini-golf, bowls, and tennis to some great dining and entertainment options, there's never a dull moment at the club.

Location: 1 Rankine Street, Crescent Head

7. Window-Shop Along Main Street 

Crescent Head Main Street
Crescent Head Main Street

If you're someone who enjoys checking out the real estate of an area, a little window shopping along Crescent Head's Main Street will surely not disappoint.

Oozing plenty of chic, coastal vibes and with a diverse range of stunning properties, we reckon you'll love a gentle stroll or 10 around the town's main hub! 

Location: Main Street, Crescent Head

8. Chow Down on one of the Best Pies in NSW

Barnetts Bakery Pies
Barnetts Bakery Pies

Indulge in the culinary delights of the Mid-North Coast with a visit to the award-winning Barnetts Bakery.

Renowned for serving up some of the finest pies and vanilla slices in the region, the bakery offers a tempting array of treats, from donuts and sliced bread to hot beverages and pre-made wraps, catering to both savoury and sweet cravings.

Location: 12 Main St, Crescent Head

9. Visit the Nearby Smoky Cape Lighthouse

Smoky Cape Lighthouse
Smoky Cape Lighthouse

Embark on a captivating journey with an NPWS ranger as your guide on an intimate tour of the majestic Smoky Cape lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in NSW. Enjoy the breathtaking coastal scenery in the company of your small group.

Location: Lighthouse Rd, Arakoon

10. Soak up the Views From Big Nobby

Big Nobby Crescent Head
Big Nobby Crescent Head

You can't go to Crescent Head without walking up to Big Nobby—which offers some of the best views of the wide open ocean.

Here, you can see for kilometres to both north and south, and during migration season, there is also a good chance you'll spy some whales!

Location: Crescent Head

11. Slide Down the Hat Head Sand Dunes

Hat Head Sand Dunes
Hat Head Sand Dunes

Sand Dunes are always a fun way to blow off some steam, and kids tend to love sliding down them and shrieking 'til their heart's content.

Hat Head National Park is home to plenty of sand dunes, making it a no-brainer when it comes to things to do in Crescent Head.

Location: Hat Head 

12. Grab Dinner at the Crescent Head Tavern

Crescent Head Tavern
Crescent Head Tavern

Experience the welcoming atmosphere of Crescent Head Tavern, situated near one of Australia's most iconic surf breaks.

Stop by for a relaxed time on the deck with friends, savouring cold drinks and the laid-back vibe of Crescent Head. Bring the family for a mouthwatering lunch or a classic pub dinner. Whether you're craving a sun-soaked meal, an evening of good music with friends, or the ideal post-surf gathering, 'The Tavern' has something for everyone!

Location: 2 Main St, Crescent Head

13. Stay the Night at Crescent Head Holiday Park

Crescent Head Holiday Park
Crescent Head Holiday Park

Nestled between the picturesque river and beach in Crescent Head, the Crescent Head Holiday Park offers an idyllic retreat complete with a tranquil waterfront experience on the Macleay Valley Coast.

Just a convenient 40-minute drive from Kempsey, Crescent Head Holiday Park boasts a prime location overlooking one of the world's most renowned right-hand surf breaks.

Whether you opt for a cabin, villa, or bungalow equipped with all the holiday essentials, or prefer the great outdoors on a caravan or campsite, this is the ideal base for a Crescent Head getaway!

Location: Pacific St, Crescent Head

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