The laidback seaside town of Crescent Head is just 40 minutes’ drive from Kempsey, 3.5 hours from Newcastle or five hours from Sydney. The park is situated on the peninsula from which the town takes its name and sits beside a creek, just a few metres back from Killick Beach with commanding views of the Pacific Ocean’s coastline stretching north. There’s plenty of space to stretch out at the park, including a recreation reserve and outdoor day area, plus a playground for the kids, a boat ramp and barbecue facilities for an oceanfront feast. Practical amenities include a laundry, shop and dump point. The park welcomes dogs outside high season.
All campsites at the park are powered and generously sized at about 8m x 10m, making them suitable for campervans, caravans, motor homes and tents. Choose from various locations, including creek side and surf facing sites. One and two bedroom bungalows, both of which sleep five, are spread throughout the park (including some with ocean views). They feature kitchenettes, TVs with DVD players and covered balconies with furniture. Some two bedroom bungalows also include a spa bath. Upgrade to a spacious two bedroom villa for all bungalow amenities plus ocean views, a large living room, heating and a spa bath. There is free wifi for all sites, bungalows and villas.
Killick Beach, in front of the park, is a real crowd pleaser. In addition to its long, slow right hand wave, there is wonderful calm swimming for families at the mouth of tidal Killick Creek, great fishing in the shifting gutters along the shore and a playground, plus kilometres of dazzling white sand to be explored. In addition to Killick Beach (sometimes called Front Beach), there are three other brilliant beaches nearby with fewer visitors. For some inland exercise, explore the rare rainforest near the park on the Big Hill track – it’s an easy one hour walk and you might spot the threatened and well camouflaged ground parrot. When you’ve worked up an appetite, check out some of the old fashioned options in town, including SurfSliders Kiosk at the Surf Club on the beach is famous for its milkshakes and also makes a mean bacon and egg roll, Green Room Cafe & Fruit does amazing coffee and smoothies and also sells fresh fruit, and the Crescent Head Tavern and Crescent Head Country Club are reliable venues for a cold beer.
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