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.The first beach, Kylie Beach, (NSW 183) is named after the poet Kylie Tennant. It commences at the base of the steep head and trends southwest for 400 m to a group of rocks that outcrop in the surf. The beach receives waves averaging 1.6 m and has an inner bar usually cut by three rips and an outer bar. It is bordered by the head and backed by densely vegetated slopes. There is vehicle access at the Kylie parking area to the lee of the boundary rocks. Walking tracks link the Kylie and Indian Head camping areas and link via the headland to Diamond Head. At the Kylies camping area is a wooden shack built for Tennant by one of the local fishermen.
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.
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.
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.Read less
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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.
General Hazard Rating: 7/10 (Highly hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw183