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Iluka Rainforest walking track

“It’s amazing how quickly the sounds of suburbia were replaced with birdcalls. It was such a beautiful walk, and I got my best-ever sighting of a noisy pitta and great photo to prove it.”

Suitable for all ages, this short walk takes you through the lush rainforest to the spectacular views at Iluka Bluff, offering a fantastic way to see the vibrant life of the rainforest up close.

As you leave the township of Iluka, it’s extraordinary how quickly you’re transported back in time in this ancient rainforest ecosystem. It’s no wonder it’s part of the World Heritage-listed Gondwana rainforests. There’s another beautiful large strangler fig ahead, intertwined with ferns and vines as it reaches up towards the tall canopy overhead. If you walk quietly, you might see or hear the brightly coloured noisy pitta and the sharp crack of the whipbird.

After a leisurely stroll, you’ll arrive at Iluka Bluff Lookout with panoramic views and a great spot for picnicking and whale watching in the winter months. In the warmer months, why not have a swim or a snorkel by the beach before you head back to Iluka?


Getting there

Getting there:

Iluka Rainforest Walk starts from the corner of Long and Crown streets in the township of Iluka. You can also start the track from the Iluka Bluff carpark, which is approximately 500m off Iluka Road on an unsealed road, just near the golf course.

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Vehicle access:

Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles - All weather


Parking is available at Iluka Rainforest Walking Track, including several designated disabled spots.

Important info


2.5km (one-way)

Time suggested:

1.5 hours each way



You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat and drinking water
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
  • Iluka Rainforest walking track may be closed only in periods of extreme weather events
  • It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.
  • Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
  • There is limited/no mobile reception in this park

Wheelchair access:


Assistance may be required to access some sections of the walk.

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