Nat Young loses North Coast homestead in NSW fires
The fires that have been ravaging Australia’s East Coast have so far claimed four lives, innumerable wildlife, burnt through more than a million hectares of forest, and razed 300 houses.
One of those to lose their house is '66 World Champ and Aussie surf icon, Nat Young.
Bought in 1974, the 810 hectare property is near Nymboida, about an hour southwest of Angourie.
Nat was in California when the fire struck, touring his new book 'Church Of The Open Sky'. He was unable to return to battle the blaze which levelled the home he built using timber from the property.
In his book, 'Nat's Nat and That's That', he described building the house as, "...a huge undertaking, but one of the best projects I have ever done."
The Young's primary residence is in Angourie, which was threatened by bushfire that tore through Yuraygir National Park in September.
On Monday, the NSW government declared a state of emergency which is still in place as fires continue to burn in both New South Wales and Queensland.
The current fire threat comes just a few weeks after Derek Hynd also lost his North Coast house to a fire - though in that instance it was electrical not bushfire.