Surf at Crescent Head


Surfers travel from around the world to experience the breaks of the Crescent Head Surfing Reserve. Home of the Malibu Classic, the beaches here have been a mecca for surfers for generations.

“Going back to Crescent Head always makes me think of what the famous Jack “Bluey” Mayes used to say when he got back from his first trip to Hawaii, ‘Save your brass and go to Crescent!’ ” Legendary surfer, Nat Young

The lowdown on the best breaks

Killick Beach at Crescent Head is a picturesque white sandy beach that is home to the Crescent Head Malibu Classic. Famous for a long, slow right hand wave that peels off the point working in almost any sized swell, it is best suited to long boards. In front of the surf club is a beach break that is home to left and right hand waves depending on the direction and size.

Goolawah Beach Located a bit of a walk down a steep track, Goolawah Beach is on the southern side of Reservoir Lookout on Big Nobby. A left hand point break is the main feature, however there’s a decent beach break a little further down. Travel lightly as the walk up is a challenge after a long session.

Delicate Beach is an unusual beach with a large rock formation dividing it into two sections. When the swell is direct you can get waves peeling off each side of the formation

Point Plomer/Barries Beach is a long, sandy beach featuring an excellent right hand wave. It has cult like status amongst both locals and visitors. If surfing at the point is overcrowded a good alternative is the beach break further down for left and right hand waves (depending on the swell direction and sand bar formation).

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