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Illaroo group camping area

Yuraygir National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Illaroo group camping area.

Getting there and parking

Illaroo group camping area is in the Minnie Water precinct of Yuraygir National Park. To get there from Grafton:

  • Drive about 12km southwest on the Pacific Highway
  • Turn left at Eight Mile Lane
  • Follow Eight Mile Lane as it becomes Wooli Road (keep right) for another 28km
  • Turn left at Minnie Water Road and continue for about 7km
  • Turn left at Sandon Road, just before Minnie Water Village.

You need a gate code to access the exclusive Illaroo group camping area. You’ll get the code after you book.

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather


  • Camper trailers, campervans and caravans can park in the group area but driving of vehicles is not permitted within the group area except for when you're loading/unloading camping gear, or parking your caravan/camper trailer/campervan for the duration of your stay.
  • Designated parking is available for 7 vehicles and 1 minibus at the entrance to the group area, if you'd like to drive your vehicles throughout your stay.
  • A gate code is required for vehicles to access the exclusive group camping area. You'll get the code after you book. 
  • 4WD vehicles can access the beach via the general campground however there is no beach access south of the Sandon Beach access.

Best times to visit

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


Autumn is the perfect time of year to go beach fishing along the park's coastline.


The park's heathlands provide a spectacular display of wildflowers. Check them out on your choice of walking track, including the Wilsons Headland walk and, of course, the Yuraygir coastal walk.


Visit in summer to make the most of the park's countless beaches and waterways. Swim, surf or snorkel – cooling sea breezes provide welcome relief in hot weather.


Plan a winter trip to go whale watching. The sight of migrating whales swimming north to warmer waters is second-to-none, and there are magnificent viewing points at Red Cliffs lookout and Brooms Head.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature


20°C and 26°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


9°C and 20°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



  • Illaroo group camping area has unmarked sites and is suitable for tents, camper trailers, campervans and caravans.
  • The group area has its own pedestrian access to the beach.
  • There are no showers or power available.
  • Basic supplies and firewood can be purchased from nearby shops in Minnie Water.


  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

There is a shelter with picnic tables and gas barbecue.

Barbecue facilities

Firewood is not supplied at this campground.

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)
  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

Drinking water

  • Drinking water is available from the roadside tap at the turn off to the campground, which is about 2km from the camp area.
  • There is a rainwater tank in the group area however campers must boil the water before drinking

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.

Camping safety

Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

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 Plus 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).


Disability access level - medium

Assistance may be required to access this area


Campfires are only permitted in designated fire rings.


A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.


Beach fires are not permitted.



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


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Illaroo group camping area

Park info

  • in Yuraygir National Park in the North Coast region
  • Yuraygir 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.  The park has self registration stands with envelopes - please bring correct change.

    Buy annual pass