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Iluka Bluff lookout

“It was mesmerising to watch the waves crashing into the rocky walls below me; I even felt the spray of the ocean on my face.”

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 of the region’s largest waterways, the Clarence River, lies just south and to the north you’ll see glorious beaches and Woody Head.

It’s great place to see dolphins cruising around near the mouth of the river and whales on the annual migration along the coast, so be sure to take your binoculars.

Stop for a quick look on your travels along the north coast or bring a picnic and stay for longer, there is an undercover picnic shelter a short walk from the lookout.


Getting there

Getting there:

Iluka Bluff lookout is in the Iluka precinct of Bundjalung National Park. To get there take Iluka Road from the Pacific Highway and follow the signs.

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Vehicle access:

Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles - All weather


Parking is available at Iluka Bluff picnic area

Important info


  • Carpark
  • Lookout
  • Picnic tables
  • Non-flush toilets
  • Trackhead/access point

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to whale watch
  • It’s about a ten minute walk from the carpark to the lookout via a set of steps

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Banskia flowers. Photo: Rob Cleary