With a reputation for world-class surfing conditions, as well as a stretching golden beach, it’s no wonder Point Plomer has long been a favourite of Australian holidaymakers. Shaggy-haired, sun-kissed surfers make their annual pilgrimage to this coastal hideaway, determined to get their fill of salt and sea.
Located at the end of an often pot-holed and corrugated dirt road, Point Plomer Campground, on the New South Wales mid-north coast, is off the radar for the masses, making it even more appealing to those adventurous enough to get here.
But don’t be fooled, it’s rare you’ll get this place all to yourself. With a strong following in the surfing community – and tales of epic waves passed down through generations of Aussies – it’s best to visit outside holiday season. It’s then that you’ll share the legendary sets with just a handful of other ocean obsessives.
Our first trip to Plomer, as the regulars call it, has been a long-time coming. Always one to stop at the popular tourist village of Crescent Head, about 30 minutes’ drive north, Plomer has remained on an ever-growing list of seaside camping locales to check out. But when friends arrive from Africa seeking a quintessential Aussie experience, Plomer is the obvious option.
Nestled between Crescent and the busier hub of Port Macquarie, to the south, you would think the campground would be easy to get to. But Point Plomer Road is the only way in, and, given that it’s gravel and dirt and frequently in poor condition, many two-wheel-drivers stay away. It’s also not wise to travel the road if you’re towing anything but a camper trailer or caravan with 4WD suspension and durability.
That said, we leave all grown-up logic on the Pacific Highway, throw caution to the wind and tow our 13-foot 1980’s Viscount slowly over the dirt. It survives – just – and the effort makes for an awesome adventure that’s centred on getting our ocean fix and showing our friends a little slice of Australia’s East Coast.
Our days begin with early morning surf checks from the large timber platform in front of the beach or the picnic table near the point. Some campers are already in the water by the time the sun casts its golden rays across tent tops; other visitors go for solitary jogs up the long beach. After breakfast over campfires or in caravan kitchens, travellers enjoy lazy days repeating their favourite activities – surfing, swimming and fishing.
One of our highlights is a sunrise stroll up Point Plomer Walking Track to the headland, where we’re privy to one of the best views of the NSW coastline and Limeburners Creek National Park. Afterwards, you can head back out for a surf, take the littlies for a swim in the shallows or cast a line from the sand. No matter what pastime makes your heart sing, you won’t be able to resist the allure of Point Plomer.