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Metcalfes walking track

Crowdy Bay National Park

Overview

Get up close with nature on Metcalfes walking track, which links Indian Head and Kylies Beach in Crowdy Bay National Park. It's a family friendly hike and the kids might even spot a koala.

Where
Crowdy Bay National Park
Distance
0.7km one-way
Time suggested
15 - 45min
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Please note

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and take plenty of water.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch or whale watch.
  • Strong rips and currents may be present at nearby Kylies Beach, so take care in the water and please supervise children at all times.

This track is perfect for introducing the kids to the wonders of nature. They’ll love the chance to spot a koala or two along the way. Metcalfes walking track links Kylies Beach campground and Indian Head campground, via Kylie’s Hut walk-in campground in the northern section of Crowdy Bay National Park, near Port Macquarie. 

Don't forget to stop at Kylies Hut for a look into the rustic writing retreat of Australian author Kylie Tennant.

In spring, the heath erupts with colourful wildflowers, attracting nectar-loving birds. Behind the dunes, native grasses give way to woodlands including tall trees such as blackbutt, brush box and paperbarks. Be sure to look high in the branches for koalas, glossy black-cockatoos and parrots. 

Choose to begin the walk from Indian Head campground or Kylies Beach campground. If you’re walking to Kylies Beach, don’t forget to take your swimmers for a cool-off in the surf.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

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
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View the natural arch on the Diamond Head Loop walk. Quick access is via the track head at Indian Head campground. Photo: Debby McGerty