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Kylies Hut walk-in campground

Crowdy Bay National Park


The historic writer’s retreat is the centrepiece of this shady campground in Crowdy Bay National Park. Set up a tent on your choice of campsites in this secluded area.

Accommodation Details
Camping type Tent, Remote/backpack camping
Facilities Toilets
Please note
  • There are no marked sites at this campground
  • The campground operates on a first-in first-served basis and bookings aren't taken
  • You are welcome to go inside the hut, but camping and fires are not permitted inside

$12 per adult per night. $6 per child per night.

Entry fees Park entry fees apply
Bookings No bookings are taken for this campground. Pay and display system applies. Please visit the campground manager's office located at Diamond Head campground and pay before pitching your tent. Contact the parks office only for specific enquiries.

Kylie’s Hut is an historic hut that was built by local man Ernie Metcalfe for Australian author Kylie Tennant who moved to the area during World War II. Kylie used the hut as a writer’s retreat, no doubt using the stunning scenery of the park for inspiration. Ernie Metcalfe, Diamond Head and Crowdy Bay is portrayed in The Man on the Headland.

The hut is in a shady glade and secluded campsites are nestled under nearby trees. It’s a great place for relaxing and maybe a spot of writing. And at the rear of Kylie's Hut is a track to Kylie's beach. You are welcome to have a look inside the hut, but it's not a place for camping in or for campfires. That's what outside is for.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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Operated by

  • Port Macquarie
  • 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
  • (02) 6588 5555
  • (02) 6588 5500
  • 22 Blackbutt Road, Port Macquarie NSW

Park info

  • in Crowdy Bay National Park in the North Coast region
  • Crowdy Bay National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. Pay park entry fees at the Diamond Head campground onsite office.

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Port Macquarie
      (02) 6588 5555
      Contact hours: 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 22 Blackbutt Road, Port Macquarie NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6588 5500
See more visitor info
Gum tree bark. Photo: Debby McGerty