Crescent Head With Kids: Things To Do + Where To Stay


Crescent Head: Photo credit Visit NSW


Crescent Head has that unique charm that only small Aussie beach towns have, it is quiet and serene yet with plenty of interesting activities to do for all the family.  There is a good variety of accommodation options, a choice of cafes, and a local bakery that serves the tastiest vanilla slice I’ve had in years! 

By Kirsten Karbowiak


Crescent Head Map

Crescent Head is on the Mid North Coast of NSW, 45 minutes north of Port Macquarie and 1 ½ hrs south of Coffs Harbour.

  • Drive: The drive time from Sydney is 4 hrs 45 mins.
  • Fly: 1-hour flight to Coffs, and a hire car for a 1 ½ hr drive


Crescent Head Family Accommodation

Our group consisted of three families, two with children, so we chose to stay in an Airbnb a few streets up the hill from the beach called Mirrador. It had plenty of space making it comfortable for everyone. Although it meant we needed to bring the pram down to get to the beach (and up the hill to get home…), it did present us with the most spectacular view out to the ocean. 

The views from Mirrador beach house

Check out this search box to find an Airbnb holiday rental to suit your family.




For a more relaxed feel, the Crescent Head Holiday Park may be the way to go. They even cater for dogs, so you can bring your pooch with you.  We cut through the holiday park each day to reach the beach and I noticed a pretty even mix of families, surfers and retirees. You really can’t beat its’ location; literally a minutes’ walk from the beach!

Having a look at this Deals Finder is another useful way to research holiday houses, motels and hotels in Crescent Head.




Things To Do At Crescent Head With Kids

Golf, Tennis and Bowls

Crescent Head Country Club is centrally located and doesn’t disappoint. The golf-enthusiasts amongst us can enjoy panoramic views while playing. $16 for all day play isn’t bad either! Or, if tennis is more your thing then there are two courts available to book. Our group spent the afternoon ‘bare-foot bowling’ with a sundowner in hand which proved enjoyable for all ages. Bookings are recommended, and it’ll set you back $6 per adult.

Crescent Head’s golf course has amazing views! Photo credit: Kempsey Shire Council


Into Surfing? The world-famous point break is one of the longest rides in Australia. If you’re more of a body-boarder or swimmer then pick your spot; you’ll be spoilt with 5kms of spectacular coast-line either side of Crescent Head.

Low tide at the lagoon

Play at the Lagoon

On the way to the beach you walk across a little bridge over an inlet/lagoon. On most days, the water was flowing towards the ocean enough for the blow-up pool toy to float on down, but plenty calm enough for the babies. A bonus was the nice flat sandy area alongside the waters’ edge, perfect for a game of frisbee and Kubb.

The water was streaming with fish, and the bridge seemed to be a pretty popular spot to go fishing.

Playground + Skate Park

The kids park is right by the inlet/lagoon and consists of play equipment suitable for kids aged 1-6.

With a one-year-old, I spent most of my time going up and down the slide and on the big circular swing. The mini rock-climbing wall was neat and seemed popular with the 2-3-year-olds.




For the older kids, there’s a skate park within line of sight from the playground.

There is an undercover BBQ area and a few benches scattered around the area. 

The best meals are served outdoors of course!

Conveniently located in the vicinity of the park, is the toilet block complete with change table and warm shower which was very handy on the way back from the beach. When I was there, everything had been kept clean and tidy.





Eating and Drinking

We visited Barnett’s Bakery almost every day – we just couldn’t resist. They have some of the old classics, along with pies and more contemporary baked goods and are definitely worth a visit.

Barnett’s Bakery, 2 Main Street, Crescent Head

Blackfish Coffee just around the corner serves a decent cup of coffee and I can also vouch for the milkshakes at Surf Sliders Café right on the point.

Blackfish Coffee, Shop 2/4, East Street Crescent Head

If you’re looking to stock up meals for the family, the Foodworks in town is well-stocked and reasonably priced. For a big shop, we went into Port Macquarie where there’s a Coles. 



More Things To Do At Crescent Head


Surfing at sunset. Photo credit: Kempsey Shire Council


Click here to find more easy weekends away with kids in New South Wales.

If you love this part of the world, you’ll also love reading about Forster Holidays with Kids, and about 15 Things To Do At Port Stephens With Kids.  

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Posted on: January 30, 2020

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