Crescent Head and Big Nobby

Watch the birds and surfers on a walk up Little and Big Nobby

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Crescent Head and Big Nobby

We stopped at Crescent Head on a road trip south, to stretch our legs and for lunch. This walk climbs first Little Nobby and then Big Nobby, with views up and down the coast.

We watched a white bellied sea eagle from Little Nobby as it hovered on the thermal before diving into the waves. Unsuccessful, the bird then flew around the bay close to the waves in what is called “ground effect” before beating back hard against the wind, and then rising on the thermal into a fishing position above the water. A joy to watch, but I hope it got a feed eventually!

Lookout for surfers riding the waves – like Angourie, Crescent Head is a Surfing Reserve with a classic right hand point break suitable for all levels of surfers. Crescent Head has been popular with long boarders since WW2. Aside from surfers, whales and dolphins, you can also admire the mosaics on the water tanks as you walk up the edge of the golf course.

From the high point on this walk, you have choices: return the way you came, or wander down the suburban streets back to the start, the round trip is close to 5km. There is also a path from the top that went down through the bush to the beach – we didn’t try this.

This is Dunghutti country.


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