Crescent Head is a small surfing and fishing village on the New South Wales mid-north coast. It has a laid-back lifestyle with no high-rise buildings, five star hotels, theme parks or even shopping malls. It's an unspoilt coastal hideaway.
People go there to relax and surfers arrive from around the world for the great waves. Crescent Head boasts four sets of reef breaks which start at the point and go right into the beach. Apart from the fabulous beach, there is a rock estuary and good deep sea fishing for keen anglers.
Crescent Head is home to the Longboard Riders Club. Its president, Kenno, is a local surfing legend. He's into his 60s and has been riding the waves for at least 50 of those years. He doubles as the local postman and hires out boards at the post office.
Every May the Malibu Classic for all ages is held at Crescent Head. It's the biggest amateur competition in the Malibu category in the country. In September it hosts the Australian Old Mal Titles for riders of pre-1966 boards.
Mojo's Beach House, just 11kms south of Crescent, is dormitory-style accommodation. It's popular with backpackers from all corners and the huge lounge/dining area is where they swap stories of their travels.
Wallum Cottages are five luxurious self-contained properties with double bedrooms and bunkrooms for children, polished timber floors, country-style furniture, kitchen, laundry, television and private barbecue area.
Cockatoo Cottage is double storey and sleeps up to 15. Wren and Kookaburra up to 10, Kingfisher sleeps up to six and Lorikeet sleeps up to eight.
Both are managed by Kim Fafie of Mojosurf Australia Surfing Tours and his girlfriend Sarah. Kim won the 2006 Club Championship, so who better to give surfing lessons!
After breakfast, he takes beginners, intermediates or pros into the surf for lessons. That usually lasts until around 11:30am and then everyone tucks into a delicious lunch prepared by Sarah (who prepares all meals). After lunch you can enjoy more surfing or just hang out at the accommodation.
An alternative place to stay is Crescent Head Holiday Park, a caravan and camping area with cabins and bungalows. It is on crown land and is managed for the local council.
Choose from two locations lakeside and surfside. Accommodation ranges from powered sites, cabins, bungalows, spa bungalows and luxury spa villas overlooking the beach, all close to everything the area has to offer. The beach is patrolled in summer and Killick Creek has clean, safe swimming.
Crescent Head Country Club is tucked into the lee-side of Big Nobby. Enjoy a cool drink and meal in the large lounge area and soak in the views. The club has tennis courts, bowling greens, indoor bowls, pool tables, live entertainment and its six-hole golf course is one of the prettiest on the coast.
The mid-north coast of New South Wales.
Mojosurf Weekend Surf Camps cost $265 per person including transfers from Sydney, surf lessons, equipment, all meals and accommodation.
Wallum Cottages start at $550 a week with a minimum of six people. They vary seasonally.
Crescent Head Holiday Park starts at $24 a day for one vehicle and cabins start at $74 a day for up to five people. Prices quoted correct at April 12, 2007
Ph: 1800 113 044
Ph: (02) 6639 5100
Fax: (02) 6639 5111
Point Plomer Road
Big Hill via Crescent NSW 2440
Ph/Fax: (02) 6566 0820
Crescent Head Country Club
1 Rankine Street
Crescent Head NSW 2440
Ph: (02) 6566 0268
Crescent Head Holiday Park
1800 006 600 and Select Option 2
Ph: (02) 6566 0261
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