I’m fortunate enough to live in one of the nicest parts of Australia, where in just about every direction there’s something epic to feast your eyes on. On some afternoons I’ll walk down the road to Tallows Beach before continuing south for around 10 minutes until I reach Broken Head.
Broken Head is a big, lush headland fringed by boulders that laze half in and out of the Pacific. Besides having one of the most pristine beaches I’ve ever seen, its steep foliage covered slopes rise before sweeping down onto a secluded beach to the south. It’s the kind of spot you’d be proud to bring a first date.
It’s also one of the only places in NSW where subtropical rainforest lines the beach, and it has a superb clifftop trail that winds through forest onto open headland. While being a relatively short walk, it’s also one of the best I’ve had the pleasure to experience.
The open granite cliffs afford views of the point, across miles of ocean and beyond. From here you can often see surfers cruising across clean looking walls of water. Keep going and you’ll venture further into the forest, over a creek, a makeshift bridge, and through a tunnel of trees until you emerge onto an open headland.
Dominating the spot is a vibrant, steep hill that looks like its received more than its fair share of rainfall, and it has, as it’s wet in the Northern Rivers almost 50% of the time. It’s a huge contributor to the region’s loveliness.
Just stopping for a moment and taking in the view from here is sublime. If you ever get here (and you should if you’re in the region), just relax your shoulders and look out across the sea.
It’s a great cure for a broken head.