This drive offers magnificent ocean views, many surfing beaches and one of Australia’s most popular beaches, Killick Beach. This popularly is due to the opportunity to swim, surf, paddle board, kite surf, kayak and many other water sports. The headland at Crescent Head along the foreshore to Little Nobby has been declared a National Surf Reserve, Point Plomer Scenic Drive is named after the Point within Limeburners Creek National Park which also has a cult status. These are not the only beaches along this drive as visitors travel through National Parks and a Regional Park, which have campgrounds. There are two short walks within the Limeburners Creek National Park which is home rare native plants and animals, including the endangered ground parrot.
Follow these instructions to enjoy the Point Plomer Scenic Drive:
74kms bitumen and gravel.
From the Visitor Information Centre at South Kempsey, turn right onto Lachlan St and take the next road on the left towards the renowned surfing hot spot of Crescent Head along Tourist Drive 12. Continue to the centre of Crescent Head, turn left at the roundabout towards the Day Visitor Area and drive to the car park. From there, you can enjoy relaxed walks along the beach and headland.
Return to the roundabout, turn left into Rankine St and follow the golf course. Park on the left just before the road turns hard right and take a short stroll along the headland to the mosaic artwork twin water towers. Next, follow Dulconghi St to the t-intersection and turn left into Skyline Cr to the water tower lookout for views of the coastline.
Return along Skyline Cr, turn left into High St, then left again into Baker Dr. Directly ahead is the Centenary Pavilion – a great spot for a barbeque or a picnic. Head south on Baker Dr which becomes Point Plomer Rd and leads to the secluded beaches and picnic areas of Goolawah Beach, Racecourse Headland, Delicate Nobby Headland, Big Hill Point and Point Plomer. It is predominately a two-wheel gravel road but a 4WD is required from Point Plomer south.
For bushwalkers there’s an enchanting walk through littoral rainforest at Big Hill and a short walk along the headland at Point Plomer. Retrace your journey to Crescent Head but turn left off Baker Dr to return to Kempsey or to continue following Tourist Drive 12, turn right off Pacific St into Belmore St opposite the school and follow the signs to Gladstone.
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