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Metcalfes walking track

Crowdy Bay National Park

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All the practical information you need to know about Metcalfes walking track.

Track grading

Features of this track


0.7km one-way


15 - 45min

Quality of markings

Sign posted

Experience required

No experience required


Occasional steps


Flat: After you pass Kylies Hut, the walk has a slight downward slope, gradually descending towards Kylies Beach.

Quality of path

Formed track, some obstacles: The walk begins from Indian Head campground as a 4.5m-wide hard-packed ground management trail.

At around the halfway point, it narrows to a 1m-wide gravel walking track before becoming hard-packed ground again.

Other barriers

Gates: There's one locked gate along the track near Indian Head campground, but there's enough room for a pram, mobility scooter or wheelchair to get around it.

Other barriers: There are exposed tree roots along parts of this track.

Getting there and parking

Metcalfes walking track links Indian Head campground and Kylies Beach campground in the northern section of Crowdy Bay National Park. Access is via Diamond Head Road.


Parking is available in gravel carparks at Indian Head campground or Kylies Beach campground.

Best times to visit

Crowdy Bay National Park generally enjoys a warm subtropical climate. However outside of winter the temperature can reach above 30C, so be sure to carry sunscreen, a hat and plenty of water. Drinking water is not available within the park. Winter days and nights can be cool to cold, particularly in exposed areas of the park.


Wildflowers paint the dunes and heath in spectacular colour during spring.


Swimming, boating and fishing – enjoy the delights of Crowdy Bay's magnificent beaches Look out for the festive Christmas Bell blooms.


Remember your binoculars and camera to experience the sight of migrating whales.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature


19°C and 25°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


10°C and 19°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month

February and March

Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



Toilets and picnic facilities are available at both Indian Head and Kylies Hut walk-in campground.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Beach safety

Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).


Disability access level - hard

Metcalfes walking track is step-free, but there are some parts where people with reduced mobility may need assistance:

  • Although the walk begins as a 4.5m-wide management trail, it narrows to a 1m-wide track halfway along the walk
  • There are exposed tree roots at points along the track.
  • From Kylies Hut, the walk starts to slope downwards as it heads towards Kylies Beach

The track surface is mostly hard-packed ground with a gravel section midway through the walk. There's a locked vehicle gate across the track near Indian Head campground, but there's enough space for a wheelchair, pram or mobility scooter to go around it.

There are accessible toilets and showers at Indian Head and Kylies Beach campgrounds, where this walk begins and ends.



A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.



Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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