Residents of NSW keep the Yuraygir National Park a closely guarded secret and it’s really no wonder when you discover its spectacular beaches and the relaxed charm and character of its’ coastal villages.
Our journey begins at Iluka and Yamba, two settlements that hug either side of the majestic Clarence River. If you get to Yamba early enough you can cruise across to Iluka by ferry and begin to explore this outstanding walking region.
You can expect a variety of experiences including coastal hiking, littoral rainforests, paperbark swamps, colourful heathlands, crystal clear creeks and lagoons and spectacular rock platforms. Graceful pandanus trees line the picture-perfect beaches on the longest stretch of protected coastline in NSW.
This coastline is punctuated with splendid rivers making access difficult but we have arranged for boats to take you safely across them. Opportunities for swimming abound and we’ve designed this walk to give you time so that you can make time to just hang out on your own private stretch of untouched beach. It’s up to you.
As a bonus the walk links the picturesque villages of Yamba, Angourie, Brooms Head, Sandon River, Minnie Water, Wooli and Red Rock giving it a real Inn to Inn feel.
This is a track that is less walked and it’s very likely that you will have it to yourself. With great food, all the transport organised for you and your rooms en-suited for your privacy, creates a perfect platform for you to enjoy a stress free walking experience totally on your terms. You’ve just got to arrive, unplug from the 21st Century and walk.
As always Auswalk support the local economy and are fully supported by parks NSW. This 6 day self guided walking holiday starts in Ballina has you transferred to Yamba and finishes in Coffs Harbour.
The walk starts in Ballina with a transfer to Yamba in preparation for the walk. Inexpensive flights are available from both Melbourne and Sydney with Jetstar and Virgin. From Brisbane or the Gold Coast it is about 3 hours by car, a bit longer by bus, to Yamba the start of the walk. On return there are flights or buses out of Coffs Harbour or if you have travelled to the walk by car you will be transferred back to your car at Yamba.
70 % easy 28 % moderate and 2% hard. This trip offers generally easy walking with very few hills. There are some sandy beach sections and some challenging rock platforms. The is a linear walk with limited access points but given the kilometres walked this does not represent a problem.
A charming country hotel and comfortable low key resort style cabins.
6 day package: 5 nights accommodation, 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners, all transport including boat trips on the Sandon, Wooli and Corindi Rivers, information booklets, insulated lunch bag, map case, National Park fees, walking notes, maps.
Alcohol, meals not listed in itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).
May through to October (April and November if your prepared to walk in a little heat).
See the Bureau of Meteorology’s Yamba information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.
The coast is well known for its fresh seafood and oysters.
Starts in Ballina where you will transferred to Yamba in preparation for the first day of walking. If you came by car just start in Yamba.
If you arrive early enough you’ll have time to cruise across the river by ferry (at your cost $8.50) to explore Iluka and the surrounding area.
Commence the Yuraygir Coastal Walk heading south from Angourie Surf reserve via Lake Arragan and Shelley Beach to Brooms Head. Walk across a series of rock platforms and along pristine untouched beaches . There’s an abundance of beautiful wildflowers and diverse range of other flora like Pandanuses that frame this walk every day.
When walking from Brooms Head to Minnie Waters you can stop and swim and enjoy the remoteness of this magnificent park. Character filled walking including heathland plains, long sandy beaches, tranquil creeks and rocky outcrops. Today we get to experience the first of the beautiful river crossings.
Tramp from Minnie Waters to Wooli. Over 14kms of easy walking. See if you can spot the endangered Coastal Emu and the whales and dolphins out to sea that frequent these waters.
Traverse 5kms rock platform as you walk from Wooli to Red Rock. This is definitely the most remote section of the walk and includes two picturesque river crossings that complete what is the ‘ Yuraygir Walk’, and makes a superb ending to a great walk.
Accommodation: Red Rock
Breakfast and transfer to Coffs Harbour or back to your car at Yamba.