Iluka offers loads of things to see and do. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
Bundjalung National Park
The Bundjalung National Park, named after the Aboriginal tribe, which occupied this area, stretches from the northern edge of lluka to Evans Head. Colourful parrots and other wildlife regard Iluka as an extension of the park and their presence delights visitors and residents.
The NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service offers guided ranger programs during many school holidays (information and brochures available from Visitor Information Centres). Vehicle entrance fees apply to all areas other than Iluka Bluff.
Iluka Bluff & Whale Watching Platform
The town’s best surfing beach is at Iluka Bluff, which can be reached by a short drive or via the rainforest walking track. There is a splendid lookout, whale watch platform and rainforest display here (NPWS entry fees do not apply). The views from the whalewatch platform include Yamba and the river mouth and extend north across many beaches and bays. A whale watching brochure is available from Visitor Centres. Download a local map here.
Iluka Nature Reserve
The World Heritage listed Iluka Nature Reserve contains the largest remnant of seaside (littoral) rainforest in NSW. This rainforest obtains moisture from the nearby ocean, filtered by the sand, and it supports rich vegetation and abundant bird and animal life.
Visitors and local residents alike enjoy walking through the Reserve to marvel at some of nature’s finest work. The rainforest contains a diversity of plants and animals. Common birds to see along the walk include the Rufous Fantail, Lewin’s Honeyeater, Eastern Yellow Robin, White-browed Scrubwren and the Golden Whistler.
The southern entrance to the walking track is in Long Street. The northern entrance is at the Iluka Bluff picnic area. The track itself is 2.5km (one-way) and a circuit can be created by returning via Iluka Beach. The track is easy to walk and a section in the north is wheelchair accessible. Download a local map here.
Picnic Areas & Playgrounds
Picnic areas have been established at Shark Bay, Frazers Reef, Iluka Bluff and Back Beach and at Woody Head there is a camping area with public boat ramp (NPWS fees apply).
Within the town, Rotary Park at the western tip of the Bay adjoining the harbour, is a shady picnic area beside the netted swimming area. Charlie Ryan Park, near the Rowing Shed, has a sandy beach and children’s play equipment. The picnic area at the Spenser St boat ramp has BBQ’s, covered picnic tables and beautiful views across the Clarence River. Download a local map here.
Sport & Recreation
For a small town Iluka boasts some excellent facilities including a nine-hole golf course, bowling greens, a rowing club and a sports oval (home of the Iluka Cossacks) with adjacent tennis courts. Iluka is well known as a top spot for recreational fishing. For further information download a local map here.
Iluka Yamba Ferry
The Iluka-Yamba ferry runs timetabled daily passenger services from the Iluka Boatshed offering visitors the opportunity to take advantage of this scenic crossing between the two major resort towns of the Clarence. Watch for the wild dolphins at play in the Bay. Clarence River Ferries also offer regular river cruises that explore the mighty Clarence River. For further information download a copy of the Ferry Timetable here.
The Iluka boat harbour is home to a commercial trawler fleet and amazing fresh seafood can be purchased from the Clarence River Fishermen’s Cooperative shop alongside the harbour.
Surfing & Beaches
There are excellent surfing and swimming beaches around Iluka, including Iluka Bluff, Back Beach, Frazers Reef and Woody Head. One of the town’s best surfing beaches is at Iluka Bluff that can be reached by a short drive or via the rainforest walking track. For the less adventurous there is a netted, family swimming area with playground and picnic facilities in Charlie Ryan Park at the western tip of Iluka Bay. Download a local map here.