Woody Head cottages and cabins
Bundjalung National Park
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.
|Where||92 Woody Head Road, Woody Head, NSW, 2466 - in Bundjalung National Park|
|Facilities||Amenities block, drinking water, showers, electric power|
|What to bring||Bed sheets, blankets, towels|
Park entry fees are not included in your accommodation fees.
|Bookings||Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757|
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 the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/accommodation/woody-head-cottages-and-cabins/local-alerts
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- Woody Head Campground
- 8.30am to 5pm daily. Closed 1pm to 5pm Christmas Day.
- 02 6646 6134
- 92 Woody Head Road, Woody Head NSW 2466
- in Bundjalung National Park in the North Coast region
Bundjalung National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Park entry fees:
$8 per vehicle per day.Buy annual pass.
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.
- Sealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
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.
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.
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
20°C and 26°C
12°C and 21°C
Between January and March
Between August and October
- 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.
- Two amenity blocks with hot showers ($1 coin for 4 minutes) and flush toilets are located close to the cottages and cabins.
- Town drinking water is available in all cottages and cabins.
- Showers in amenities block are $1 for 4 minutes.
- All cottages and cabins have power.
Maps and downloads
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.
- 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.
NSW national parks are no smoking areas.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 (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 (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 (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 (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.