Surfing Crescent Head
Images from the 60s of the first surfers to cruise along the super long walls of the newly discovered waves of the New South Wales Mid North Coast inspired many to check out the pristine beaches along this coastline in search of adventure, good times and fun surf. Now a National Surfing Reserve, the pilgrimage to the point at Crescent Head continues today by generations of longboarders and even our pioneers pass through to rekindle the flame.
This normally sleepy town becomes jam packed during holiday season, when finding an empty spot in the campground or in the line up out the point is nigh impossible. Beyond the point, the beaches in and around Crescent Head, along with the towns to the north and south, offer a variety of surfing options suitable for beginner to advanced surfers, making this whole coastline a very popular holiday spot for surfers of all levels.
Crescent Head Beaches & Hostel
South West Rocks
Old Bar Beaches
5 hours drive north from Sydney & 1 hours drive north from Port Macquarie.
CountryLink (13 22 32) stops at Kempsey & Busways go to Crescent twice a day.
Greyhound (13 14 99) links to Kempsey from all directions daily & Busways operate twice a day to Crescent Head (Route 345: 30 minutes).
1 hour drive from Port Macquarie Airport serviced by Virgin Blue & Qantas.
Busways connect from Port Macquarie Airport to Kempsey on weekdays (route 340).
Renting a car or van is a great way to explore & surf the NSW mid north coast. Hire a car or campervan.
Where To Sleep
Crescent Head Holiday Park, Delicate Nobby Camping Ground, Point Plomer.
Hostels in Crescent Head
Hostel / Surf Camp
Hotels & Holiday Homes in Crescent Head
Between Surf Sessions
What to see & do
Set up camp, or drop your car keys and gear off in your room, head to the beach and relax. This is the reason for coming to Crescent, no plans, just surf, eat & sleep with everything you need a short stroll away.
Play a round of six holes on the golf course beside the point followed by a refreshment or two and a yarn with the locals at the Crescent Head Country Club or Tavern.
Take a drive along the coast to the north or south to discover more amazing beaches with fun waves and plenty of space to escape the summer crowds.
Where to eat & drink
This is a small town with a basic supermarket, bakery, cafe & bottle shop. The country club & tavern also offer hearty meals & refreshments.
Crescent Head Surf Spots for Beginners & Kids
The main beach in town has soft spilling waves in the southern corner at high tide which are great for beginners. Check out the map below and click on the place marks for more information on the spots suitable for beginner and progressing surfers in the Crescent Head region.
Good To Know...
If the surf is small and the north east wind is up, drive south to the back beaches to find some fun waves in the protected northern corners which typically have more consistent waves. These beaches are remote and can provide challenging and dangerous conditions with strong rips. If the surf is big, the most protected options are the main beach in town or Point Plomer to the south (30 minutes drive).
Check out the Crescent Head Malibu Classic held here annually in May to see some grass roots surfing in a fun and very social atmosphere. Many of the competitors here have surfed for over 40 years and display effortless flow and style on the long walls of the point.
The point is no secret, and when good it does get crowded with highly knowledgeable surfers. The vibe in the water is normally good, so to keep it that way, please make sure you understand surfing etiquette before you head out into the line up (or any other line up). If you aren't confidently catching green waves and turning with control, stick to the beach break, which is great for practising these skills.
Kids will love Killick Creek that flows out into the corner of the beach. Just north of the creek entrance, where the point meets the beach, is often a safe spot for kids to practise catching waves on a bodyboard or softboard and this is the only beach that is patrolled during summer in the Cresent Head area - just watch out for the rip that can flow out beside the rocks at times.
Crescent Head Surf Co
Ask in the surf shop if you need a board repaired.
Crescent Head Boardriders
Crescent Head Malibu Club