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Abbey Creek picnic area

Crowdy Bay National Park

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Abbey Creek picnic area in the southern section of Crowdy Bay National Park offers sheltered tables and direct beach access for swimming, surfing and whale watching.

Picnic areas
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch or whale watch.

If you’re looking for a picturesque spot for a day at the beach, pack the picnic hamper and head to Abbey Creek picnic area just north of Crowdy Gap campground. A short drive from Harrington or Taree, you can enjoy a leisurely lunch with unspoilt coastal views in the more remote southern precinct of Crowdy Bay National Park.

Only a short stroll to Crowdy Beach, why not grab your towel and head down for a refreshing swim in the clear blue waves? The area is popular for fishing, surfing, and even parasailing. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins playing in the surf, as well as osprey and sea-eagles patrolling the beaches for tasty treats.

When you’ve worked up an appetite, unpack a spread in the shade of the sheltered picnic tables and tuck in. If you feel like stretching your legs, try the easy Crowdy Gap walking track.

Take a virtual tour of Abbey Creek picnic area captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.