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Crowdy Bay National Park protects an area of about 9 500 hectares on the NSW mid-north coast, to the north of Newcastle. The park is north-east of Taree and just south of Laurieton. This is an area of amazing coastal scenery, with such areas as Diamond Head protected.
The coast here provides good viewing opportunities for both Dolphins and Whales during late winter.
Some 100 species of bird use the area of the national park, as well as a large number of animal species including Koalas, Goannas, Wallabies and various species of other reptiles.
Crowdy Bay National Park is accessed off the Pacific Highway at Moorland along Coralville Road. It can also be reached via Laurieton along Diamond Head Road and via Harrington along Crowdy Head Road.
Day visitor and camping fees apply at Crowdy Head National Park.
You will need to bring drinking water and firewood.
Kylies Rest Area:
The camping area at Kylies Rest Area is a good place to spot many of the parks wildlife species, including Koalas, Sugar Gliders and Owls. Facilities include toilets, tables and fireplaces.
Kylie's Haven is also able to be visited here via a short loop track. Kylie's Haven is a hut that was once used by children's author Kylie Tennant (1912-1988).
Diamond Head Camping Area:
Facilities include septic toilets, tables and fireplaces. Cold showers are also provided.
Indian Head Camping Area:
Facilities include toilets, tables and fireplaces.
Indian Head (Diamond Head Loop Track):
The walk to Indian and Diamond Heads starts at the Diamond Head Rest Area. It is a 4.8km circuit.
Metcalfe's Walk is an easy 1.2km walk that joins Indian Head with Kylie's Beach Camping Area. It is possible to see Koalas in this area.
ACCOMMODATION AND RESOURCE LINKS:
- NPWS Hastings Area
22 Blackbutt Road
Ph: 02 6588 5555
- NPWS Mid North Coast Region
152 Horton Street
Ph: 02 6586 8300
- Kew Visitors Centre
Ph: 02 6559 4400
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