When it comes to coastal bolt holes, they don’t come more secluded than Brooms Head - holiday resort of choice for generations of Grafton and surrounding Clarence River families.
Most regular visitors set up in the local caravan park which enjoys 1.5km of absolute beach frontage and has access to the surf, a tidal lagoon and rock pools.
Apart from surfing, swimming and snorkelling, Brooms Head presides over hot fishing spots where you can catch bream, whiting, tailor and jewfish from the rocks or beach.
Deep-sea anglers can launch their craft from the main beach of the Sandon River ramp which adjoins a camping ground.
The Broom, as the small village is known, is surrounded by national park. The main beach is shaded by Norfolk Pines and Lake Cakora presents safe swimming for children.
To the north of the Clarence River mouth whose heads are guarded by the resort towns of Yamba and Illuka, lies the 17,000ha Bundjalong National Park, bound to the east by 38km of beaches.
The park preserves a mix of rainforest, heathland, coastal cypress, scrub plains and wetlands. The park offers sanctuary to a mix of fauna that includes 205 species of birds, 30 mammals, 38 reptiles and 13 amphibians.