A 76-year-old man was assaulted after being woken up by a man who broke into his home at Gungas Road, Nimbin, in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The elderly man, who lives alone, was woken at about 4am after being punched several times in the face.
He jumped out of bed and confronted the intruder who demanded money.
When he told the intruder to leave the house, the man then backed away and fled.
The intruder is described as being Caucasian in appearance, aged in his 50s, about 190cm with a medium build. He has broad shoulders, grey hair and an Australian accent. He was last seen wearing a green beanie with a green scarf over his face.
As a result of the assault the man suffered grazes and soreness to his face; however, he did not require medical attention.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.