Woody Head cottages and cabins

Bundjalung National Park

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Overview

Woody Head cottages and cabins are retro beach shacks between the rainforest and beach in Bundjalung National Park with swimming, paddling and fishing right nearby.

Accommodation Details
Accommodation type Cottage
Where 92 Woody Head Road, Woody Head, NSW, 2466 - in Bundjalung National Park
Bedrooms 2
Maximum guests 6
Facilities Amenities block, drinking water, showers, electric power
What to bring Bed sheets, blankets, towels
Price
  • Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking
  • Peak season: NSW and QLD school holidays.
  • Minimum stays apply.
  • Hammonds Cottage, Cabin 2A and 2B: from $90 per night to $100 per night (peak) (includes 2 people). Additional adult $14 per night, child (5-15yrs) $7 per night. Infants (0-4yrs) free.
  • Cottage 3:from $100 per night to $120 per night (peak) (includes 2 people). Additional adult $14 per night, child (5-15yrs) $7 per night. Infants (0-4yrs) free.
  • Cottage 4 and Cottage 6:from $120 per night to $150 per night (peak) (includes 2 people). Additional adult $14 per night, child (5-15yrs) $7 per night. Infants (0-4yrs) free.
  • Cottage 5:from $140 per night to $175 per night (peak) (includes 2 people). Additional adult $14 per night, child (5-15yrs) $7 per night. Infants (0-4yrs) free.
Entry fees

Park entry fees are not included in your accommodation fees.

Bookings Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757
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Awaken to the sound of the waves in your very own retro beach shack in Woody Head campground at Bundjalung National Park. Nestled between the rainforest, the river, and the beach, the rustic charm of Woody Head Cottages and Cabins makes them a perfect destination for a no-fuss holiday on the North Coast.

The idyllic location lends itself to exploring the golden beaches that stretch for mile upon unspoilt mile. Spend your days walking, fishing, swimming and snorkelling. If you’re feeling adventurous, bring the canoe for a day of paddling the river – try the nearby Jerusalem Creek paddle route. When it’s time to cool off, experience the shady delights of unique coastal rainforest right outside the back door.

As the sun goes down, grab an easy snack from the nearby kiosk or, if you’re inspired, spark up the barbecue and dine al fresco beneath the stars.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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All the practical information you need to know about Woody Head cottages and cabins.

Getting there and parking

Woody Head cottages and cabins are in Woody Head campground in Bundjalung National Park. To get there:

  • From the north, take Iluka Road turnoff, 72km south of Ballina on Pacific Highway.
  • From the south, take Iluka Road turn off, 56km north of Grafton.
  • Drive along Illuka Road, through Woombah, over the Esk River Bridge for 13km, then follow the signs to Bundjalung National Park and Woody Head campground.

Keys can be collected from Woody Head campground office between 2pm and 5pm. Call Woody Head on (02) 6646 6134 during office hours to arrange late key collection.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at your cottage or cabin.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Bundjalung National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

Spring

Head to Iluka Bluff for a spectacular coastal view of the park, beaches and the mouth of the river – keep your eyes peeled for whales on their return migration.

Winter

Escape to the wintersun for a family camping holiday, it should still be warm enough for a swim so remember to bring your cozzie.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

20°C and 26°C

Highest recorded

42.5°C

Winter temperature

Average

12°C and 21°C

Lowest recorded

2.7°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

Between January and March

Driest month

Between August and October

Facilities

  • There are 5 cottages and 2 cabins.
  • All cottages and cabins are fully furnished, and include gas stove/oven, fridge, kettle and crockery/cutlery.
  • Some cottages and cabins have private bathroom amenities and/or a television.
  • A list of all facilities in your cottage or cabin will be provided in your booking confirmation.
  • There's no DVD, stereo, heating or laundry facilities.
  • Guests can also use the facilities available in Woody Head campground.
  • Hammonds Cottage: Sleeps up to 6 guests. Two bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x single bunk bed. No bathroom facilities.
  • Cabins 2A and 2B: Sleeps up to 5 guests each. Each has 1 bedroom: 1 x double, 1 x single bunk bed with trundle. No bathroom facilities.
  • Cottage 3: Sleeps up to 4 guests. One bedroom: 1 x double, 1 x single bunk bed. There is a wheelchair-accessible bathroom.
  • Cottages 4 and 5: Sleeps up to 6 guests each. Each has 2 bedrooms: 1 x queen, 1 x double, 1 x single bunk bed. Each has bathroom facilities and a television.
  • Cottage 6: Sleeps up to 6 guests. Two bedrooms: 1 x queen, 1 x double, 1 x single bunk bed. There is a wheelchair-accessible bathroom and a television.
  • Please ensure you leave your cottage/cabin clean and tidy with all kitchen items washed up and put away. Additional fees may be charged for any unreasonable cleaning required or missing/broken items.

Amenities

  • Two amenity blocks with hot showers ($1 coin for 4 minutes) and flush toilets are located close to the cottages and cabins.

Drinking water

  • Town drinking water is available in all cottages and cabins.

Showers

  • Showers in amenities block are $1 for 4 minutes.

Electric power

  • All cottages and cabins have power.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Beach safety

Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

  • There is a Telstra pay phone near Woody Head office.

Paddling safety

To make your paddling or kayaking adventure safer and more enjoyable, check out these paddling safety tips.

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

  • Hammonds Cottage: Not wheelchair-accessible.
  • Cabin 2A: Not wheelchair-accessible.
  • Cabin 2B: Cabin 2B is wheelchair-accessible; assistance may be required to access the cabin. There are no private bathroom facilities. Guests can use the nearby wheelchair-accessible amenity blocks.
  • Cottage 3: There is ramp access and a wheelchair-accessible bathroom.
  • Cottage 4: Not wheelchair-accessible.
  • Cottage 5: Not wheelchair-accessible.
  • Cottage 6: There is ramp access and a wheelchair-accessible bathroom.

Prohibited

  • Please be considerate of others and keep noise to a reasonable level at all times. Minimum noise levels apply from 10pm to 7am.
  • Amplified music is not permitted.

Generators

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Nearby towns

Ballina (46 km)

Ballina is a bustling holiday town and service centre and home of the Big Prawn. It's situated at the mouth of the Richmond River, close to superb beaches.

www.visitnsw.com

Iluka (2 km)

Iluka is a peaceful and scenic town with superb fishing and beaches. A coastal village, it's set on the north side of the Clarence River mouth.

www.visitnsw.com

Yamba (21 km)

Yamba is a bustling holiday resort with a large fishing fleet. It's built around a headland at the mouth of the Clarence River.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Woody Head cottages and cabins is in Bundjalung National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

An ancient landscape

Gummigurrah walking track, Bundjalung National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary/Seen Australia

At Bundjalung National Park you can visit Gummigurrah, an area that was used as a winter camping ground by the Bandjalung People. This park is one of a group where the Bandjalang People's native title rights have been recognised and is only the third determination of native title rights in New South Wales. Native title rights come from the Bandjalang People's traditional laws and customs and legally recognise the Bandjalang People's connection to Country. This means that these lands will continue to be places of ceremony, learning and inspiration for generations to come.

Meet the locals

Silver banksia (Banksia marginata), Bundjalung National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary/Seen Australia

The varied habitat of Bundjalung National Park is home to over 140 species of fauna. Wake to the morning melodies of eastern whip-birds, bower birds and the rare barred cuckoo-shrike. At dawn and dusk, you might find eastern grey kangaroos, red-necked wallabies and swamp wallabies congregating around your campsites. Scour the tops of nearby trees and you might also catch a glimpse of a sleeping koala or two.

  • Iluka Bluff lookout Stay as long as you like to enjoy the views at Iluka Bluff lookout, near Yamba. Not only is it an excellent whale watching spot, it’s also a great place to picnic.
  • Jerusalem Creek walk Keep your eyes peeled for birds nesting along the creek along the Jerusalem Creek walk. Enjoy the hike as a day walk or shorter walk and finish up with a picnic lunch.

Water world

Black Rocks campground, Bundjalung National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary/Seen Australia

Bundjalung protects a variety of environments that feature water, including beaches, rivers, wetlands and lagoons. You'll find different types of plants, animals and birds in each one; look for coast banksia, coast she-oak and coastal wattle on the dunes that back onto the beach. Immerse yourself in this world by canoeing the waterways, rambling in the rock pools and swimming in the ocean.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • White-bellied sea eagle. Photo: John Turbill

    White-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

    White-bellied sea eagles can be easily identified by their white tail and dark grey wings. These raptors are often spotted cruising the coastal breezes throughout Australia, and make for some scenic bird watching. Powerful Australian birds of prey, they are known to mate for life, and return each year to the same nest to breed.

  • Peron's tree frog. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

    Peron's tree frog (Litoria peroni)

    Peron’s tree frog is found right across NSW. These tree-climbing and ground-dwelling Australian animals can quickly change colour, ranging from pale green-grey by day, to a reddish brown with emerald green flecks at night. The male frog has a drill-like call, which has been described as a 'maniacal cackle’.

  • Emu, Paroo Darling National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)

    The largest of Australian birds, the emu stands up to 2m high and is the second largest bird in the world, after the ostrich. Emus live in pairs or family groups. The male emu incubates and rears the young, which will stay with the adult emus for up to 2 years.

  • Koala. Photo: Lucy Morrell

    Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)

    One of the most renowned Australian animals, the tree-dwelling marsupial koala can be found in gum tree forests and woodlands across eastern NSW, Victoria and Queensland, as well as in isolated regions in South Australia. With a vice-like grip, this perhaps most iconic but endangered Australian animal lives in tall eucalypts within a home range of several hectares.

  • Lace monitor, Daleys Point walking track, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

    Lace monitor (Varanus varius)

    One of Australia’s largest lizards, the carnivorous tree-dwelling lace monitor, or tree goanna, can grow to 2m in length and is found in forests and coastal tablelands across eastern Australia. These Australian animals are typically dark blue in colour with whitish spots or blotches.

Environments in this park

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Cabin 4, Woody Head Cottages and Cabins, Bundjalung National Park. Photo: M Fletcher