Goolawah National Park

For beach camping near Kempsey and Crescent Head, head to Goolawah National Park. You can go surfing, fishing, birdwatching and even whale watching from the headlands.

Come and be captivated by the uncrowded beaches and pristine headlands of Goolawah National Park, near Kempsey on the NSW North Coast. Roaming through these coastal surroundings, you can’t help feeling you’ve landed in a place untouched by time.

Comprising a narrow strip of mostly beachfront land, the park runs south from the outskirts of Crescent Head village to Racecourse Headland, where it links with Goolawah Regional Park.

Here, biological diversity combines with significant Aboriginal heritage. The beaches are secluded and pure, bounded by exquisite native plant life rather than carparks or cafes. A left-hand point break beckons to surfers, while spectacular rocky shores, reefs and a lagoon provide the ideal setting for snorkelling or swimming. Go birdwatching or whale watching, spot dolphins and turtles, or scan the bush for koalas or dingoes.

Nearby events

  1. Old Malibu Longboard Classic

    Friday 07 September 2018 to Saturday 08 September 2018 , Crescent Head

    Old Malibu Longboard Classic Competition is open to surfers aged 30 years of age and over. The venue is the Crescent Head Reserve. Live entertainment in the evenings at the Crescent Head Country Club from 7pm. Crescent Head is a popula…

    07 Sep - 08 Sep
  2. Crescent Head Rugby Sevens

    Saturday 02 February 2019 , Crescent Head

    Crescent Head Rugby Sevens is one of the most prestigious rugby sevens tournaments held in the NSW Country, with over AUD16,000 prize money on offer. There are Mens and Womens divisions. All teams must be an ARU registered club or ARU reco…

    02 Feb
  3. Crescent Head Malibu Classic

    Thursday 23 May 2019 to Sunday 26 May 2019 , Crescent Head

    Crescent Head Malibu Club presents the Crescent Head Malibu Classic at Killick Beach, Crescent Head. In the 1960s, longboarders surfing north along the coast found the home of one of the longest and most classic point breaks in the world. …

    23 May - 26 May