Yuraygir National Park is fronted by a 65km stretch of varied coastline that's backed with littoral rainforest, eucalypts, pandanus and wetlands. It is an important habitat for many native species, including the endangered coastal emu. The Yuraygir Coastal Walk, a four-day 65km waymarked trail from Angourie to Red Rock follows a series of tracks, trails, beaches and rock platforms, and passes through Brooms Head, Minnie Water and Wooli. It’s best walked north to south with the sun at your back. Download maps of both the park and the walk from (www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/yuraygir-national-park).
Wooli (population 495) occupies an isthmus within the southern half of the park; a river estuary to one side and the ocean the other only adds to its isolated charm. In early October it hosts the Australian National Goanna Pulling Championships, where (human) participants squat on all fours, attach leather harnesses to their heads and engage in a cranial tug-of-war.