Angourie to Brooms Head

Yuraygir National Park

Overview

Angourie to Brooms Head, part of Yuraygir coastal walk, is a hiking route offering scenic lookouts and opportunities for beach walking, birdwatching, and seasonal whale watching.

Where
Yuraygir National Park
Distance
18km one-way
Time suggested
6 - 7hrs
Grade
Grade 4
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Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

Yuraygir National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. 

What to
bring
Hat, drinking water, sunscreen
Please note
  • The route is best walked north to south so the sun is on your back and not in your eyes
  • If the tide is high you may need to walk along the track that diverts for the sand midway along Back Beach (look for the tall post)
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go bird watching or whale watching

If you’ve decided to hike the entire Yuraygir coastal walk north to south, Angourie to Brooms Head is the first section and begins in world famous Angourie Surfing Reserve.

Angourie to Brooms Head is a great place to start a northern NSW coastal day walk or multi-day hike. This hiking track takes you through a variety of coastal ecosystems – over Mara Creek where it flows out at Back Beach and to the shores of beautiful Lake Arragan, and past caves on the southern side of Shelley headland. Keep your eyes peeled for interpretive signs along the track, and learn about the importance of the area to the local Yaegl People.

Have your binoculars handy to catch a glimpse of migrating whales between June and October, and dolphins all year round. Also keep a sharp eye out on the land for the endangered coastal emu, of which there are now less than one hundred in the park.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/angourie-to-brooms-head/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Angourie to Brooms Head.

Track grading

Grade 4

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    6 - 7hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Sign posted

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    18km one-way

  • Steps

    No steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Experienced bushwalkers

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Angourie is in the northern precinct of Yuraygir National Park. To get there:

    • Turn off Pacific Highway at Harwood and follow signs into Yamba
    • At the roundabout in Yamba turn right to Angourie

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Car and bus parking is available at Angourie Surfing Reserve, Angourie picnic area, Mara Creek, Lake Arragan and Brooms Head.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Yuraygir National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Autumn is the perfect time of year to go beach fishing along the park's coastline.

    Spring

    The park's heathlands provide a spectacular display of wildflowers. Check them out on your choice of walking track, including the Wilsons Headland walk and, of course, the Yuraygir coastal walk.

    Summer

    Visit in summer to make the most of the park's countless beaches and waterways. Swim, surf or snorkel – cooling sea breezes provide welcome relief in hot weather.

    Winter

    Plan a winter trip to go whale watching. The sight of migrating whales swimming north to warmer waters is second-to-none, and there are magnificent viewing points at Red Cliffs lookout and Brooms Head.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    20°C and 26°C

    Highest recorded

    42.5°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    9°C and 20°C

    Lowest recorded

    2.7°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    300mm

    Facilities

    Toilets

    There are toilets at Angourie Bay, Shelley Headland, Lake Arragan and Brooms Head.

    Picnic tables

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    This walk is in a remote location, so please ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.

    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.

    If you're bushwalking, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + 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).

    Permitted

    You’re encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.

    Fishing

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

    Prohibited

    Pets

    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.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Grafton (44 km)

    Grafton is a gracious, historic city in the Clarence Valley farming district. It's situated on the broad Clarence River and surrounded by river flats.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Iluka (14 km)

    Iluka is a peaceful and scenic town with superb fishing and beaches. A coastal village, it's set on the north side of the Clarence River mouth.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Yamba (11 km)

    Yamba is a bustling holiday resort with a large fishing fleet. It's built around a headland at the mouth of the Clarence River.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Learn more

    Angourie to Brooms Head is in Yuraygir National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    A watery wonderland

    Wilsons Headland walk, Yuraygir National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

    The park not only boasts a superb coastline but also features rivers, lakes and estuaries, so swimmers and snorkelers are spoilt for choice. Remember your fishing rod - the waters off the park are excellent for jewfish and groper, and Sandon River is among the state's most popular fishing spots. If surfing is your thing, you can't beat the legendary Angourie Surfing Reserve - it hosts what's arguably Australia's best right-hand point break. Yuraygir is also a paddler's paradise, its sheltered waterways provide the ideal setting for canoeing, kayaking and boating.

    • Angourie Bay picnic area After surfing or swimming at the Clarence Coast’s famous Angourie Headland, stop off at the scenic Angourie Bay picnic area for a tasty picnic lunch with the family.
    • Wooli to Red Rock Wooli to Red Rock is part of Yuraygir coastal walk and a moderate hiking route with river crossings, scenic coastal views and great opportunities for birdwatching.

    Important landscapes

    Remote coastline, Yuraygir National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

    When you visit Yuraygir, you're entering one of the most diverse bioregions in Australia. Wander past age-old coastal landforms, littoral rainforest, eucalypt forest, woodland and wetlands - much of which simply wouldn't be there without the park's protection. Pay a visit to Shelley Headland to see the state's most significant remaining example of grassy clay heath.

    • Angourie to Brooms Head Angourie to Brooms Head, part of Yuraygir coastal walk, is a hiking route offering scenic lookouts and opportunities for beach walking, birdwatching, and seasonal whale watching.
    • Yuraygir coastal walk Hike the multi-day Yuraygir coastal walk on the Clarence Coast. You’ll find loads of places for whale watching, snorkelling and swimming, with overnight stops at beach campgrounds.

    Precious and protected

    Kangaroo in the grass, Yuraygir National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

    At Yuraygir, you can see some of the country’s most vulnerable native wildlife up close, such as squirrel gliders and eastern grass owls. See if you can spot a rufous bettong, a rarely-seen rabbit-sized marsupial also know as the rufous rat-kangaroo. Or even the shy Queensland blossom-bat, Australia’s smallest fruit bat. The threatened green and golden bell frog is one of the 25 amphibians within Yuraygir – likely to be found around swamps, lagoons and flood plains. Keep an eye out for coastal emus, once so prevalent and now, sadly an endangered species with fewer than 100 left in the park.

    • Wilsons Headland walking track The easy Wilsons Headland walking track is ideal for whale watching along the Clarence Coast. Starting at Boorkoom campground, the hiking track offers scenic coastal views.
    • Yuraygir coastal walk Hike the multi-day Yuraygir coastal walk on the Clarence Coast. You’ll find loads of places for whale watching, snorkelling and swimming, with overnight stops at beach campgrounds.

    Treasured culture

    Coastal forests, Yuraygir National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

    The landscape of Yuraygir National Park has been, and remains, the Country of Aboriginal groups. Generations of Yaegl and Gumbaynggirr People camped, fished and held ceremonies here and numerous areas remain of strong spiritual significance to the Aboriginal community. Take the Freshwater Walk and view the most impressive pandanus palms - this important Gumbaynggirr ceremonial plant was used to weave neckbands, dillybags and baskets.

    • Brooms Head to Illaroo Brooms Head to Illaroo, part of Yuraygir coastal walk, is a hiking route with river crossings, beach walking, scenic coastal views and birdwatching opportunities.

    Plants and animals you may see

    Animals

    • White-bellied sea eagle. Photo: John Turbill

      White-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

      White-bellied sea eagles can be easily identified by their white tail and dark grey wings. These raptors are often spotted cruising the coastal breezes throughout Australia, and make for some scenic bird watching. Powerful Australian birds of prey, they are known to mate for life, and return each year to the same nest to breed.

    • Yellow-tailed black cockatoo. Photo: Peter Sherratt

      Yellow-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus)

      The yellow-tailed black cockatoo is one of the largest species of parrot. With dusty-black plumage, they have a yellow tail and cheek patch. They’re easily spotted while bird watching, as they feed on seeds in native forests and pine plantations.

    • Emu, Paroo Darling National Park. Photo: John Spencer

      Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)

      The largest of Australian birds, the emu stands up to 2m high and is the second largest bird in the world, after the ostrich. Emus live in pairs or family groups. The male emu incubates and rears the young, which will stay with the adult emus for up to 2 years.

    • Brown-striped frog. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

      Brown-striped frog (Lymnastes peronii)

      One of the most common frogs found in Australia, the ground-dwelling brown-striped frog lives in ponds, dams and swamps along the east coast. Also known as the striped marsh frog, this amphibian grows to 6.5cm across and has a distinctive ‘tok’ call that can be heard all year round.

    Plants

    • Grass trees, Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

      Grass tree (Xanthorrea spp.)

      An iconic part of the Australian landscape, the grass tree is widespread across eastern NSW. These Australian native plants have a thick fire-blackened trunk and long spiked leaves. They are found in heath and open forests across eastern NSW. The grass tree grows 1-5m in height and produces striking white-flowered spikes which grow up to 1m long.

    Environments in this park

    Education resources (1)

    Angourie to Brooms Head Walk, Yuraygir National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary