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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.
Beach Length: 0.4km
General Hazard Rating: 7/10

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Formal parking area
Formal parking area
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