For those seeking a quintessential Australian coastal holiday, look no further than the ever charming Crescent Head. Here you will discover a sleepy seaside hamlet on the Macleay Coast, famed for its world class surf breaks and its magnetic natural beauty. I just spent a totally stress-free weekend there and can attest that Crescent Head is a fab destination to escape from the daily grind and unwind by the sea.
Think rolling surf waves, casual seaside eateries, perhaps a spot of golf and of course, a daily vitamin sea fix spent in totally relaxed state on the pristine white sand beach. It’s a destination well suited to couples looking to reconnect in a romantic yet casual setting. Families too adore the areas pleasant range of activities here. Outdoor adventures available at Crescent such as; kayaking in the crystal clear estuary, a spot of rock fishing and/or a gentle hike around Big Hill Rainforest walking track only add to Crescents overall attraction.
It’s mid north NSW location makes it top spot to break up a Sydney to Brisbane road trip (or vice versa). Many travellers choose to stay at the caravan park (absolute prime beachfront land) or hire a private home for the duration of their stay. It all depends on your preferred style of holiday, I guess.
WHERE TO STAY // BIG WEDNESDAY, CRESCENT HEAD
Given that my partner and I are keen surfers who love to entertain outdoors we chose to check into the aptly named ‘Big Wednesday’ – a grand ol’ Queenslander situated right in the centre of this laid back surf hamlet. Upon arrival I was thrilled to note the spacious wraparound veranda featured amazing sunset vistas. Remarkably tranquil views garnered for my attention from each vantage point and I hadn’t even opened the front door yet!
The owners of the property sure to have an eye for design. Inside a thoughtful blend of pastel tones and bright colorways truly compliment this home. The three bedrooms all featured slightly different themes that all align together to create a unique ‘Big Wednesday’ theme. My favourite room boasted panels of stained glass windows that effortlessly filtered the natural light, creating a most flattering effect. It definitely had quite the Hawaiian aloha vibe going with its tropical artworks, light crochet throws and fun patterned pillows. And, yes super comfortable beds to rest ones head after a day most likely spent seaside in the sunshine.
One of the first things you notice at Big Wednesday is the collection of retro surfboards articulately placed through the property – helping to shape each rooms identity really. Upon closer inspection the restoration of this lovely estate has most certainly been untaken by a dedicated designer. The hardwood floorboards emit a sense of comfort and history and the tiled areas with their striking prints underfoot easily catapult one back to childhood. For me the overall ambience here triggered those endless Summer memories of holidays spent at coastal towns reminiscent of Crescent Head. The majority of my stay was spent cooking up on the Big Wednesday barbie and feasting on the huge balcony (plenty of seating for extra visitors if you’re hosting a feed). Note: there’s a fully equipped yet quaint kitchen space for guest use too. The outdoor shower earned bonus points from me, perfect for a post surf refresh. It was also a great location to capture treasured holiday snaps. In fact, the entire Big Wednesday property makes for an amazingly photogenic setting.
CRESCENT HEAD CAFES & DINING
If you’re expecting silver service and city prices, then you’re going to be surprised for Crescent Head is a very small community with a country feel. Sure, there may be limited dining options but the eateries that are here are terrific. Here’s my rundown the best places to eat in Crescent Head.
Surf Sliders Kiosk located at the local surf club this your go to venue for tasty burgers and a mix of Asian inspires street food dishes. Tip: their superfood smoothies are delish. Chef prepared take home dishes are also available here.
Pandanus Cafe a contemporary wine bar come tapas sharing gem. Boasts an extensive (and affordable) wine list with vino’s from premier domestic and international regions. The menu flows with fresh and seasonal produce and all dishes are designed to be shared with companions. I loved the locally sourced crustacean plate of salt & pepper soft shell crab and garlic sesame, kafir lime & chili banana prawn skewers. Vegetarians are well catered for here too.
Vick’s Chinese Restaurant (Crescent Head Country Club) great for family gatherings and huge after beach day feeds. Go all in for banquet dining and/or a mix of classic Chinese meals.
Barnett’s Bakery this establishment has been trading through five generations, so they’ve got their product proper dialled. Excellent coffee, yummy pastries, healthy wraps and sandwiches and, of course their celebrated meat pie. Tip; the butcher next door is a star too, I regularly visited both places to shop for my Big Wednesday bbq’s.
Blackfish Café the go to eatery for a deluxe breaky and a bold barista coffee. Frequented by locals and tourists alike. Friendly staff and a chilled vibe. Must try!
CRESCENT HEAD ACTIVITIES
Connecting with nature sure does rank highly in today’s busy society. Why not check out of regular life and check in to Big Wednesday for some well-deserved fun in the sun. Crescent Head tends to permeate a sense of freedom complimented by an omnipresent sea breeze. Fill your days with fishing expeditions – beach, rock and estuary spots are all popular here. Or, tee off at the unique 6 hole golf course perched high on the headland (green fees; Adults $16 & under 12’s just $6 for the day). How about a learn to surf lesson at Crescent Head too! Want to focus on health and wellness? Great, book a mobile massage therapist for a blissful experience. And, be sure to swim in Crescent’s inviting sea regularly – for saltwater therapy really is a cure all.
CRESCENT HEAD HOLIDAY HINTS
- The locals here a friendly lot with kind faces and a seemingly laconic approach to life. In saying that, one should always respect their tiny town, particularly in the surf, no one on earth likes a wave hog! Share the pointbreak swell accordingly to the line-up priority and you’ll have no worries.
- If you’re headed north next be sure to take the scenic coastal drive to neighbouring South West Rocks. It’s a far prettier route than the highway commute with its vast stretches of lush green paddocks, flowing waterways and rustic cottages lining the way.
- South bound travellers should definitely put Point Plummer on their road trip itinerary. It’s super close to Crescent and has a bunch of wildly beautiful beachside campgrounds.
All in all, selecting Big Wednesday as your next holiday house at Crescent Head is a great call. Note: standard stay inclusions include; free wifi, linen, beach towels & bathroom essentials.
Personally, I’m looking forward to another luxe surf style adventure at their sister property ‘Wynola’ in Boomerang Beach too. Yep, it’s road trip time again soon.
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By Roxanne Andrews