The beachside village of Kingscliff, in far northern NSW just 13km from the Queensland border, is just comfortably short of one of Australia's most popular, and busiest, tourist regions, the Gold Coast/Coolangatta-Tweed.
Skirting the golden sands of Kingscliff Beach, the village lies between the warm waters of the South Pacific Ocean and the broad stretches of the Tweed River to its north.
Cudgen Creek Nature Reserve has a small colony of koalas, as well as other native animals. The picnic area beside Cudgen Creek has BBQs and is a good place to launch a canoe.
Kingscliff sits at the northern end of a coastal strip of surf beachers and fish filled estuaries and creeks that stretch south through a chain of quaint villages and hamlets set on a by-pass that links with the Pacific Highway at Mooball.
Although there have been pockets of estate developments on the strip in the last few years, the area retains that overall image of unsullied coastal wilderness.
And, if you are tempted by the siren call of the bright lights, the club land of Coolangatta-Tweed and the surf-based glitter and theme parks of the Gold Coast are all within an hour's drive.