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Brooms Head to Illaroo

Yuraygir National Park


Brooms Head to Illaroo, part of Yuraygir coastal walk, is a hiking route with river crossings, beach walking, scenic coastal views and birdwatching opportunities.

Yuraygir National Park
18km one-way
Time suggested
7 - 8hrs
Grade 3
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

Yuraygir National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

What to
Drinking water, hat, suitable clothing, sunscreen, sturdy shoes
Please note
  • The route is best walked north to south
  • For assistance crossing Sandon River, call 0427 220 368 well ahead of time.

If you love beach hiking then the moderate Brooms Head to Illaroo section of Yuraygir coastal walk is for you. Take in sweeping stretches of golden beaches and protected woodlands of paperbarks. There are scenic coastal views at the southern end of Brooms Head Beach which are ideal for whale watching and dolphin spotting.

At low tide, explore Plover Island, which holds great cultural significance for the Yaegl People. Middens and artefacts have been discovered in the area and information about these can be found on the island.

Sandon River, around the halfway lunch break mark, is the northernmost point of Solitary Islands Marine Park, which runs south for 75km to Muttonbird Island at Coffs Harbour. The small settlement of Sandon, on the south side of the river, is made up of only about 35 dwellings.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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Google Trekker, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Conservation program:

Saving our Species conservation program

Saving our Species is a innovative conservation program in NSW. It aims to halt and reverse the growing numbers of Australian animals and plants facing extinction. This program aims to secure as many threatened species that can be secured in the wild as possible, for the next 100 years. 

Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

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Brooms Head to Illaroo, Yuraygir National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary