Crescent Head is a village on the Tasman Sea coast, 340 km north-northeast of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
This easy-going town at the southern edge of the Macleay Valley Coast is one of the most famous surfing spots in the country. You’ll also discover beautiful sandy beaches and lush national parks for bushwalking, camping and whale watching.
Crescent Head headland itself is a deceptive craggy outcrop. And on the top of that headland is a huge, concrete water tower which some enthusiast has tried to modify by painting the base with a nautical-themed mural full of fish and mermaids. To the south, and far below, is a beach with a long, pale arc of sand. Below, on a lower headland, is the solitary grave of Herbert Arnold O’Dell who died on 1 September 1917 at the age of 26 years and 5 months while he was fishing off the rocks at Crescent Head. The views from Crescent Head Lookout are panoramic and spectacular. It is a sheer drop of nearly 100 metres.