Crescent Head is protected by 60km of National Park making it the perfect spot for bush-walkers and nature lovers. If you’re looking for wildlife the popular walk through lush coastal rainforests to Big Hill is a great choice, with the lucky few also spotting the threatened and well-camouflaged ground parrot that calls the area home. The 1.4km walk also provides great picnic spots along the way and a chance to see microbats flying through the canopy at sunset. For stunning coastal views and the chance to spot Humpback whales during the migration season, take a short stroll from the Park to Crescent Head Lookout, it’s sure not to disappoint.
Killick Beach, also known as Front Beach or just Crescent Head Beach, is the obvious choice and easily accessed directly from the park. The beach offers one of the longest point breaks is Australia and is the local favourite. Goolwah beach, which is located to the southern site of the water tower down a steep path is also an excellent point break. Delicate Beach is not only a great spot for surfing but on a calm down, offers great snorkelling conditions. If you’re looking to take a short drive, located just 14km from Crescent Head is Point Plomer Beach. It’s long, sandy beach has a pumping right hand wave and a cult-like reputation.
Crescent Head is an anglers paradise with an array of creek, rock, ocean and beach fishing on offer. The shifting gutters along the coastline are ever popular with the beach fishermen and women, with tailor, bream, mulloway and whiting all an east catch. Popper, silver trevally, luderick and rock cod are also readily available around the area. Head to the north side of the Crescent Head point for shallow sand and rock flats. If you’re heading offshore make sure to take advantage of the boat ramp located in park, when the swell is low it gives easy access for smaller boats. Upon returning with your catch fish cleaning facilities are available just next to the boat ramp.
Cafes and Markets
Fresh local produce, jams and pickles, handmade and homemade goods, fishing and surfing gear, clothing, jewellery and second-hand wares, are all on offer at the colourful Crescent Head markets. Markets are held on the 3rd Sunday of the month at the Crescent Head Reserve. If you’re unlucky to miss the markets there is no need to worry as the local cafes will keep you satisfied. Drop into the Green Room Café and Fruit for a bite or check out the classic Barnett’s Bakers, serving up mouth-watering baked goods.
The best way to explore the local area is to take a drive through the many small towns and costal routes that surround Crescent Head. There are a number of options available but make sure to follow the picturesque Bellmore River to Gladstone. The drive will take you past numerous art galleries, gift shops and through the town of Smithtown – the home of Milo. If you head to the east you will come across Arakoon National Park before reaching the historic Trial Bay Gaol at Laggers Point. With a rich history dating back to the 1880’s, the location is hauntingly beautiful and one of few places on the east coast of Australia where you can see the sun set over the water.