World Heritage coastal getaway

With uncrowded beaches, beautiful rivers, great fishing and World Heritage rainforest, Iluka is a charming coastal village perfect for family getaways. Walk in rare littoral rainforest in the World Heritage-listed Iluka Nature Reserve and enjoy a guided kayaking tour.

  • Forest surrounds Iluka Nature Reserve
  • Iluka Nature reserve - Image National Parks and Rob Cleary

About Iluka

A delightful coastal village in the Clarence Valley, Iluka is perfect for a family holiday. Relax on gorgeous beaches, including white sandy stretches in the southern section of Bundjalung National Park. Amble along the Rainforest walking track in the World Heritage-listed Iluka Nature Reserve.

Home to more than 140 colourful bird species, the nature reserve walk leads to spectacular coastal views from Iluka Bluff lookout, a vantage point for whale watching between May and November. Pack a hamper for a picnic lunch and enjoy swimming, surfing and snorkelling in the nature reserve.

Clarence Valley

The village is on the northern side of the mouth of the Clarence River, Australia’s largest east coast river. With AAA Kayak Tours Iluka, you can explore the estuary on a tour or hire a kayak and explore the beautiful waterways including the Esk River at your own pace. Fishing is popular, too.

Accommodation options include a family friendly motel, holiday houses, cabins, caravan parks and campgrounds. Clarence River Ferries offer various cruises on the river, including a Sunday Music Cruise, or you can take a passenger ferry from Iluka across to Yamba, a vibrant holiday town.

Fly into Clarence Valley Regional Airport, Grafton

Clarence Valley Regional Airport is located 12 km from Grafton’s town centre. Use the taxi services available at the terminal to make the short trip northwest. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Regional Express operates more than 30 weekly direct flights to and from Sydney. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney for travel into Grafton.

  1. Bluff Beach

    Bluff Beach

    Iluka's Bluff Beach is a glorious location to visit and enjoy. The picnic area has a whale watching platform that offers a vantage point with 360 degree views along the coast and inland over the treetops of the World...

  2. Esk River paddle route

    Esk River paddle route

    The sheltered inland waterways are a perfect way to explore the southern section of Bundjalung National Park. Paddling up Esk River, the longest unspoilt natural coastal river system on the north coast, you'll feel...

  3. Iluka Bluff Lookout

    Iluka Bluff Lookout

    The platform at Iluka Bluff lookout is perfectly positioned for an aerial view of the entire Bundjalung area, complete with a soundscape of waves crashing on to the rocky bluff walls below.The mouth of one...

  4. Iluka Main Beach

    Iluka Main Beach

    Main beach is a long sandy beach popular for surfing particularly at the wall and at the northern end. This is a dog friendly beach, but visitors must adhere to the signage. The adjacent car park has plenty of...

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