Yuraygir National Park
Yuraygir National Park
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Yuraygir Coastal Walk - a hidden gem
5.0 of 5 bubblesSep 2020
This walk is a hidden gem. NSW whilst a great walking destination has little infrastructure to support multi day trekking in comfort. I had a group of retirees who love walking but like to sleep on a comfortable bed and enjoy a hot shower and a nice meal at the end of the day. Being locked down to NSW was a problem that this little coastal walk solved very nicely. The walk takes 4 days and is very flat. To complete the walk you need to be able to walk 5 to 6 hours a day and have sufficient flexibility to clamber around some foreshore rocks in a couple of locations. And, at the moment, an ability to swim about 15 metres. Daily distances range from about 15km to 22km. We stayed at Wooli River Lodges for the duration of the walk and were bused out and picked up at the trackheads each day. The pub next door is another gem. Emilio's bistro serves good quality meals with fresh fish and quality ingredients. We ate there 6 nights and it was busy every time. We employed the services of Yuraygir Walking Experiences. They provided detailed and very useful advice. They provide transport to/from the trackheads on a flexible basis and with mobile reception along most of the walk (not quite all) they provide a good backup in case of difficulty. They live locally and know and live the walk on a constant basis so its fun listening to their stories. I can recommend them. The key to enjoying this walk is timing. Tides dominate this walk in a number of ways. So I would recommend looking up a tide chart and planning ahead. Starting very early may be your best option on some days. For our 4 days low tides occurred during the middle of the day. This allowed us to be walking on the hardened sand left behind after the high tide receded. With some of the beaches being up to 10km long this is a major factor in enjoying the walk. We had a couple of sections where this was not possible and it made the walking a lot more difficult. Yuraygir Walking Experiences can provide good advice. Day 1. Having got yourself to Mara Creek (a 10 min drive from Yamba) you commence a memorable days walk down to Brooms Head. You are mostly in the dune forests behind the beaches so you get to enjoy a different perspective of this area. Watch out for the wildflowers in spring. Mud can be a problem in the early section, mostly as a result of the recent fires then rain. An interesting an enjoyable day. There is a shop here in Brooms Head but it wasn't open when we arrived. All along this track you are walking through a backwater and shops seem to open and close at the owners discretion. Day 2. This day can be a slog. 18km of beach to cover plus a few extra kms of track/road. But the beautiful hamlet of Sandon and its river crossing is a nice break in the middle. Make sure you book your river crossing by boat. Over the other side be watchful to look for small the track signs, otherwise you end up a lemming, walking up to the top of the headland and nowhere to go other than down. The next section is a long beach walk that also doubles as the "road" into Sandon, so be on your guard for the many 4wds that will pass you. Your arrival in Minnie Water is welcome after a long day. There is a shop here and we were told it was more reliable. And yes, it was open. It does close at 4pm though. Day 3 is the shortest day. Some beach walking and some coastal forest walking. A very nice mix today. But Wooli beach can be particularly soft and hard going so try to time your walk carefully to catch the low tide. You end up in Wooli which is the biggest settlement on the track. Here there is a shop, café and even a pub. The pub seems to be the most reliable but it is a couple of kms up the road next to the River Lodges where I recommend you stay. Day 4 of the walk can be challenging but it should not put you off enjoying one of the best days on this walk. You must come prepared for this day. Wear swimmers underneath and have some means of floating your pack across the river whilst you swim with it. After you take the pre-booked boat across the river you are in a world of your own. The area is isolated so you have it to yourselves. You stay on the small beaches and rock platforms for the next 5 km. It is not all plain sailing as you must traverse a couple of areas where the only way ahead is to rock scramble along the bottom of some small headlands with the waves crashing in not too far away. My group found it relatively easy with many sections naturally eroded to provide some nice steps to assist. The key point is to take your time and watch where you put your feet. In some places there was a footpad just above the rocks which you could walk. We used them at times but generally tackled the rocks. Warning - if the tide is high and/or the swell is large this section can be potentially very dangerous. So get local advice. Properly planned it is very safe. As you once again hit the beaches you will find that the wildflowers in this section can be very beautiful in spring. On reaching Station Creek you must wade across. If you are within a couple of hours of low tide it should only be knee to thigh deep. If there has been a lot of rain or with a high tide you may be carrying your pack above your head. The location is absolutely beautiful (apart from the 4wds crossing the creek nearby) so you barely worry about the inconvenience of having to take your boots off. An hours walk down the beach brings you to the final river crossing and the end of the walk. There used to be a boat service to take you across but we enjoyed the challenge of having to do it ourselves. You should time the crossing to be as close to low tide as possible. On reaching the river mouth strip down to your swimmers. Turn right and walk/wade across to the island in the middle of the river. It is sand all the way. We were advised to cross the main channel at the point opposite the boat ramp. It is about 50 metres across at low tide with about 15 metres of that too deep to wade in. So you swim. Using garbage bags or a dry bag to put your pack/boots in makes a good flotation device The river conditions do change so please get local advice before you tackle it. You have now finished the official Yuraygir walk. There is a shop in the Caravan park which should be open for a celebratory coffee. But for those you are really keen you can keep on walking south along the Solitary Islands Coastal walk. But that is another journey.

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JaksWA
Western Australia6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
This is an easily accessible and easily executed four day hike through the longest stretch of protected coastline in NSW. We decided to stay in caravan parks along the way at Brooms Head, Minnie Water and Wooli. This allowed vehicle support each night and no need to carry our packs! The walking was easy, mainly on beaches but also through some rocky stretches, heathlands and river and creek crossings. We were blessed with fine weather and lucky with the tides. Our four day walk coincided with low tide around lunchtime each day. This meant wide firm beach walks and enabled us to wade not much more than knee deep across the final river crossing at Corindi River to reach Red Rock. It is necessary to organise boat crossings at Sandon and Wooli, but that is easy to do through contact numbers supplied by the NSW NPWS.
Good information is available from the National Park's website. The track is signposted at points where the track leaves the beaches. I would recommend this walk for first time multi day hikers, including families with children if you pick the ideal weather and tide times. The walk can be done independent of vehicle support. There is a bus service from Grafton to the starting point at Angourie (Busways) and also from the finish point of Red Rock back to Grafton (Ryan's Bus Service). If you undertake this walk you will be rewarded with beautiful coastal scenery and a taste of the laid back lifestyle of the holiday villages along the way.
Written May 20, 2014
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Whoozya
Sydney, Australia63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
Just back from our Xmas camping trip to Illaroo campsite at Minnie Water. We have camped before but this is the first time we have done it with all our own gear. We learned a lot so here we go...

Illaroo campsite is right on the beach at Minnie Water inside the Yuraygir National park. It's accessible by a dirt road about 500 metres from the main drag. Easily driveable in a 2 wheel drive car. The camp is split into 3 sections. South camp, North Camp and a group campsite that is $250 per night for up to 50 people. We camped in the South camp which is the smaller of the two. Camping is $10 per person and we bought a 12month pass for our car for NSW national parks for $45. I think it's $7 per day if you don't wish to buy a pass. We were intending to say longer than 9 days so got a pass.

The camp has a few tables and BBQs there as well as fire pits. There is no power there and generators are frowned upon. There are eco long drop toilets but no showers so you have to sort that out yourself. Most people had those shower bags you leave in the sun to heat up. A shower tent is also a good idea although I did manage to make a shower screen out of some plastic sheeting and tent poles... but we will go the shower tent next time. Our blow-up matress failed the first night. But Grafton is only 40 min away if you need to do an emergency dash.

It's all about the beach at this place and it doesn't disappoint. 10 km of pristine white sand stretches from the campsite to Sandon up the north end. If you have a 4WD you can drive along the beach at low tide and through the bush to Sandon village. Seems like most of the fishing happens up there. You'll need a licence to fish. Get it at the Minnie Water shop for $7 for 3 days.
The shop is about a 5 minute drive and it has basic supplies and ice.

We went with a double ice box system, keeping ice in one and ice plus the things we would need during the day in the other one. This worked to a certain extent but I think we have a lot to learn about Ice management... One tip I did pick up was to cover anything in the icebox with a wet tea towel. This really helped to keep the ice going for longer. Also block ice lasts longer than party ice.

We got a few visits from the local Goannas. You'll need to keep all meat and eggs in a sealed container or esky so they don't raid your tent.

We also felt we needed a tarp over our tent as many others did. This keeps the tent cooler and also dryer in the event of rain. We had a big storm hit us the last night we were there and did get some leakage in the fly extension. A tarp over the tent would have prevented this. You also need one for an area outside the tent and one under the tent. We packed up then as more rain was forecast and we didn't feel prepared for it.

To sum up. If you like your creature comforts this spot is not for you. For me the amazing location and lack of crowds make it all worth the extra effort and planning you have to put into it.
Written December 31, 2014
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Us2Aussies
Queensland, Australia1,101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
This campground is divided into two sections - Lake Arragan and Red Cliff. The road into the Lake Arragan section is narrow, so may not suit motor homes or large caravans. Lake Arragan is tucked in behind the beach, the campsites are lake-side. The Red Cliff camping area is large and closer to the beach. It spreads from the bottom of the headland up to the top of the headland.
We stayed at Lake Arragan. There are no toilets in this section and no other facilities, but it is very quiet. Plenty of birdlife, kangaroos grazing at the campsites, fishing in the lake. The ranger visits the park every day and collects fees. There is a per night camping fee, and a fee for your vehicle to be in the national park.
Very poor mobile phone service. Open campfires are allowed, bring your own wood. The closest shopping is at Brooms Head. There is a very nice beachside caravan park at Brooms Head too.
Written October 3, 2015
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Mark R
Sydney, Australia56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
This walk is a hidden gem. NSW whilst a great walking destination has little infrastructure to support multi day trekking in comfort. I had a group of retirees who love walking but like to sleep on a comfortable bed and enjoy a hot shower and a nice meal at the end of the day. Being locked down to NSW was a problem that this little coastal walk solved very nicely.
The walk takes 4 days and is very flat. To complete the walk you need to be able to walk 5 to 6 hours a day and have sufficient flexibility to clamber around some foreshore rocks in a couple of locations. And, at the moment, an ability to swim about 15 metres. Daily distances range from about 15km to 22km.

We stayed at Wooli River Lodges for the duration of the walk and were bused out and picked up at the trackheads each day. The pub next door is another gem. Emilio's bistro serves good quality meals with fresh fish and quality ingredients. We ate there 6 nights and it was busy every time.
We employed the services of Yuraygir Walking Experiences. They provided detailed and very useful advice. They provide transport to/from the trackheads on a flexible basis and with mobile reception along most of the walk (not quite all) they provide a good backup in case of difficulty. They live locally and know and live the walk on a constant basis so its fun listening to their stories. I can recommend them.

The key to enjoying this walk is timing. Tides dominate this walk in a number of ways. So I would recommend looking up a tide chart and planning ahead. Starting very early may be your best option on some days. For our 4 days low tides occurred during the middle of the day. This allowed us to be walking on the hardened sand left behind after the high tide receded. With some of the beaches being up to 10km long this is a major factor in enjoying the walk. We had a couple of sections where this was not possible and it made the walking a lot more difficult. Yuraygir Walking Experiences can provide good advice.

Day 1. Having got yourself to Mara Creek (a 10 min drive from Yamba) you commence a memorable days walk down to Brooms Head. You are mostly in the dune forests behind the beaches so you get to enjoy a different perspective of this area. Watch out for the wildflowers in spring. Mud can be a problem in the early section, mostly as a result of the recent fires then rain. An interesting an enjoyable day. There is a shop here in Brooms Head but it wasn't open when we arrived. All along this track you are walking through a backwater and shops seem to open and close at the owners discretion.

Day 2. This day can be a slog. 18km of beach to cover plus a few extra kms of track/road. But the beautiful hamlet of Sandon and its river crossing is a nice break in the middle. Make sure you book your river crossing by boat. Over the other side be watchful to look for small the track signs, otherwise you end up a lemming, walking up to the top of the headland and nowhere to go other than down. The next section is a long beach walk that also doubles as the "road" into Sandon, so be on your guard for the many 4wds that will pass you. Your arrival in Minnie Water is welcome after a long day. There is a shop here and we were told it was more reliable. And yes, it was open. It does close at 4pm though.

Day 3 is the shortest day. Some beach walking and some coastal forest walking. A very nice mix today. But Wooli beach can be particularly soft and hard going so try to time your walk carefully to catch the low tide. You end up in Wooli which is the biggest settlement on the track. Here there is a shop, café and even a pub. The pub seems to be the most reliable but it is a couple of kms up the road next to the River Lodges where I recommend you stay.

Day 4 of the walk can be challenging but it should not put you off enjoying one of the best days on this walk. You must come prepared for this day. Wear swimmers underneath and have some means of floating your pack across the river whilst you swim with it.
After you take the pre-booked boat across the river you are in a world of your own. The area is isolated so you have it to yourselves. You stay on the small beaches and rock platforms for the next 5 km. It is not all plain sailing as you must traverse a couple of areas where the only way ahead is to rock scramble along the bottom of some small headlands with the waves crashing in not too far away. My group found it relatively easy with many sections naturally eroded to provide some nice steps to assist. The key point is to take your time and watch where you put your feet. In some places there was a footpad just above the rocks which you could walk. We used them at times but generally tackled the rocks.
Warning - if the tide is high and/or the swell is large this section can be potentially very dangerous. So get local advice. Properly planned it is very safe.
As you once again hit the beaches you will find that the wildflowers in this section can be very beautiful in spring.
On reaching Station Creek you must wade across. If you are within a couple of hours of low tide it should only be knee to thigh deep. If there has been a lot of rain or with a high tide you may be carrying your pack above your head. The location is absolutely beautiful (apart from the 4wds crossing the creek nearby) so you barely worry about the inconvenience of having to take your boots off.
An hours walk down the beach brings you to the final river crossing and the end of the walk. There used to be a boat service to take you across but we enjoyed the challenge of having to do it ourselves. You should time the crossing to be as close to low tide as possible. On reaching the river mouth strip down to your swimmers. Turn right and walk/wade across to the island in the middle of the river. It is sand all the way. We were advised to cross the main channel at the point opposite the boat ramp. It is about 50 metres across at low tide with about 15 metres of that too deep to wade in. So you swim. Using garbage bags or a dry bag to put your pack/boots in makes a good flotation device
The river conditions do change so please get local advice before you tackle it.

You have now finished the official Yuraygir walk. There is a shop in the Caravan park which should be open for a celebratory coffee.
But for those you are really keen you can keep on walking south along the Solitary Islands Coastal walk. But that is another journey.
Written October 3, 2020
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Aussie_on_the_move
Gold Coast, Australia521 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
This national park is full of little gems as far as camp sites go: firstly you have Illaroo North and Illaroo South camping areas. These are located south of Grafton. Both of these are ideal for younger families with a safe beach and rocks to explore. Plenty of private camp sites on grassy sites with drop toilets provided throughout these two areas. Drinking water is provided at the entry to the National Park. Camping fees naturally apply.
The Red Cliff / Lake Arragan camping area has more open camp sites with surf beaches that are popular with the surfers. Drinking water and toilets provided.
Written May 12, 2018
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S B
Tamborine, Australia28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
4km dirt road off main road. Corrugated but we got here OK in our LWB coaster bus. Beautiful natural spot. Whale watched all day with flock of yellow tailed black cockatoos overhead munching on banksia pods. Spectacular. Toilet and gas bbqs but no shower or water so take some. Couple of picnic tables. Small campsite - 10 places - lovely and quiet. Steep descent to pebbly beach via stairs. Beach hiking tracks for the very active. Cost $8 plus $12 per adult but million dollar view. Fee collected by council in person on site who comes around in afternoon. Place to escape and recharge.
Written October 13, 2017
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921coolchange
Sydney, Australia43 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
We had been told how beautiful this camp area was, yes it has a natural beauty, but beware of a few issues, your not told about. Firstly the road in is rough ,and pleased we had an off road camper trailer being pulled by an 80 series land cruiser, Personally I would not be doing it in a caravan. Secondly, the sand flies ,ate us alive, even with spray on ,they are determined to attack, we are still applying lotion 4 days later, and losing sleep. If you are serious about fishing, bring a yabbie pump, they have no interest in lures. Thirdly ,there is not even a beach shower, and they advise dont drink the tank water. In short be very prepared. Fourth, we camped on bear earth, no grass, the camp area is not attractive. You are exposed to bad weather. If all the above is good with you,then go for it, but for what they charge, it's not value. Ps, you are required to book online with National parks.
Written March 2, 2018
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Michael L
Elanora, Australia232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Our family camping getaway this year. Loved it. We had a caravan, mobile home and 3 tents. The wildlife was fantastic. We saw a massive lizard, sea hare and the rocks and shells were plentiful. No showers however the ocean was spectacular. Drop toilets were clean and didn't smell. We had a wonderful few days together.
Written December 29, 2019
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Brendan Wilson
Sydney, Australia10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
My girlfriend and I arrived at Boorkoom campground around 4:30pm on a Sunday in a little Hyundia i30- no trouble for conventional vehicles to access. Wallabies were hopping around the road on the way in, so drive slow and enjoy the sight. A small campground but plenty of room in the off-season. The ranger was there when we arrived to collect fees. I recommend waking up early to enjoy the sunrise over the beach that you're camping right next to!
Written May 29, 2019
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OpaMarnie
Wollongong, Australia415 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
We drove through the park on our way to Mnnie Water, and drove in to check out the Illaroo Campsite with a view to staying there at a later date. Situated in close proximity to the beach, the sites were large, grassy and shaded, with electric Barbeques available, and amenities blocks. It would be a great place to bring your caravan or tent with your family.
Written September 18, 2018
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