Crowdy - Beach in Crowdy Bay National Park Greater Taree NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Crowdy NSW

One hundred and fourteen metre high Diamond Head is composed of resilient Triassic volcanic trachyte, which gives it a rich red colour. It was sighted and named Indian Head by Captain Cook in 1770, after he sighted 'natives' on its slopes. To the south of the head is a... Read more

One hundred and fourteen metre high Diamond Head is composed of resilient Triassic volcanic trachyte, which gives it a rich red colour. It was sighted and named Indian Head by Captain Cook in 1770, after he sighted 'natives' on its slopes. To the south of the head is a 15 km long southward sweep of the coast to Crowdy Head, with two beaches (NSW 183 & 184) occupying the shore, most of which is located in Crowdy Bay National Park.At 14.8 km long, Crowdy Beach (NSW 184) is the longest on this section of coast. It starts at the rocks that barely separate it from Kylie Beach and trends due southwest, until 4 km from Crowdy Head, where in Crowdy Bay it begins to curve in lee of the head and actually faces northwest against the head (Fig. 4.101). All but the southern 3 km lie in the Crowdy Head National Park. The park preserves both the beach and the backing coastal heathland and swamps situated on 100 000 year old Pleistocene barrier deposits, an area that provides a habitat for more than 100 species of birds. The beach is accessible in the north at Kylie, Mermaid and Fig Tree car parks, then there is a detour to the south and a car park at Crowdy Head SLSC. The surf club was formed in 1956 to patrol the beach for the Harrington-Crowdy residents. Most of the beach is exposed to waves averaging 1.6 m and has a double bar system, with rips cutting the usually attached inner bar, then a deep trough and the outer bar. Towards the south the beach sand becomes very fine and the beach wide, low and firm. At the same time wave height drops in lee of Crowdy Head and the outer bar mergers with the inner resulting in a wide, low gradient surf zone (Fig. 4.103). Rips still occur with a permanent rip against the boulder beach leading to the head.The small Crowdy Head settlement is a fishing port with two short breakwaters built in the 1960s to enclose the small boat harbour. Combined with its neighbour Harrington they have a population of 1450. The houses are nestled on the exposed circular 55 m high Crowdy Head, which is surrounded by ocean apart from a 400 m of beach and sand that connect it to the adjoining beaches. The head is largely cleared and was quarried between 1895-1901 for the Manning River training wall. It does however contain a small remnant stand of littoral rain forest.

Swimming

Kylies is an isolated and hazardous beach. Use extreme caution, stay on the attached inner bar and away from the rips at the headland and rocks. Rips dominate most of Crowdy Head beach. The best location is on the wide flat patrolled beach at Crowdy Head.

Surfing

Kylies is a reasonably popular spot for surfers owing to its exposed location and slight protection from northeasterly winds. During strong southerly conditions Crowdy Head provides a wave along the boulders at the end of the beach, with the winds blowing offshore. Up the beach are many breaks, which depend on prevailing wave and bar conditions.

Fishing

Kylies Beach has good permanent gutters against the rocks at each end and is a popular spot. The long beach offers the best gutters towards the north, with a low flat beach in the south. Crowdy Head itself besides the large boat ramp, has a number of spots in the harbour and around the head, with the best being on the exposed and dangerous east and south side of the Head.

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Information

About

Crowdy Bay National Park, NSW 2443

Length:
14.8km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw184

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Toilets
  • Dressing shed
  • Showers
  • Kiosk
  • Public phone
  • Park
  • Drinking water

Weather

Thursday 24, May 4:15 am

Day 22°    Night 8°
7.1°C
Early fog then mostly sunny

Water Temperature  22°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: South to southwesterly about 10 knots.
Swell: Southerly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. Caution: Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Tide

3 am
1.64m
10 am
0.41m
4 pm
1.52m
10 pm
0.62m

UV

Index: 3 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 10:40 am to 12:50 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Friday 25, May

Day 20°    Night 11°
Partly cloudy

Swell


Wind


Wind: South to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending south to southeasterly below 10 knots during the day.
Swell: Southerly 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres during the morning.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers offshore north of Port Macquarie, 50% chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore north of Port Macquarie in the morning. Caution: Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Tide

4 am
1.60m
11 am
0.40m
5 pm
1.62m
11 pm
0.56m

UV

Index: 3 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 12:30 pm


Weather

Thu 24, May to Thu 31, May


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning east to northeasterly below 10 knots during the morning.
Swell: Southerly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2.5 to 3 metres during the morning.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. Caution: Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Tide


UV

Thu 24th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 12:20 pm
Fri 25th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 12:30 pm
Sat 26th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:40 am to 12:30 pm
Sun 27th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:40 am to 12:50 pm

SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

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