Pebbly Beach campground - Yuraygir National Park

Yuraygir National Park

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Overview

Pebbly Beach campground offers remote beach camping with sites for small caravans and trailers, plus walking tracks and fishing spots. It's only accessible at low tide and is located between Coffs Harbour and Yamba on the NSW north coast.

Accommodation Details
Number of campsites 73
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Toilets
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water
Entry fees

Vehicle entry fees are not included in your accommodation or camping fees.

Bookings Bookings for up to 2 sites and 12 people can be made online.
Group bookings This campground is not suitable for group bookings.
Please note
  • This campground is only accessible at low tide by high clearance 4WD vehicles via Bacoongerie Road.
  • There are water crossings which can change quickly depending on local rainfall.
  • Check in 2pm, check out 10am.
  • Sites are marked.
  • This is a popular campground. It’s a good idea to book early, particularly during summer.
  • This campground is not suitable for large caravans. You can bring small caravans and trailers if towed by high clearance 4WDs.
  • You can buy firewood at the campground

Pebbly Beach campground sits by a small bay north of Station Creek Beach.

Getting to this remote campground is as much an adventure as staying there – you’ll need to drive along the beach and cross a saltwater estuary at low tide.

Once you’re there, the fun really begins. Settle into a spacious campsite, just metres from the she-oak lined shore, then start exploring. You’ll find great walking tracks in the area, and the nearby headlands are excellent for whale watching.

True to its name, the beach features ‘pebbly’, gravel-like sand and is a fantastic place for swimming and fishing.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Nearby:

  • Trees along the Freshwater track, Yuraygir National Park. Photo © Rob Cleary

    Freshwater track

    The Clarence Coast’s Freshwater track is a captivating short walk. Starting at Pebbly Beach campground near Red Rock, its highlights include swimming at Freshwater Beach.

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All the practical information you need to know about Pebbly Beach campground - Yuraygir National Park.

Getting there and parking

Pebbly Beach campground is in the southern part of Yuraygir National Park.

Access to this campground includes a combination of unsealed road, dune track, beach and Saltwater Creek crossing and is suitable for only high clearance 4WDs and only at low tide.

To get there:

  • From Pacific Highway, take the Barcoongere Way turn-off approximately 45km south of Grafton, or 42km north of Coffs Harbour.
  • Continue for around 13km to the park entrance and then follow the signs to the campground.

McPhillips Road is not recommended for any vehicles due to severe road damage.

Road quality

Access to this campground includes a combination of unsealed road, dune track, beach and Saltwater Creek crossing and is suitable for only high clearance 4WDs and only at low tide.

Access to this campground is dependent on Clarence Valley Council (CVC) and Forestry Corporation road infrastructure.

Before you set out, check road closures or visit the Live Traffic website. 

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • All roads require 4WD vehicle

Parking

Parking is available at Pebbly Beach campground.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

20°C and 26°C

Highest recorded

42.5°C

Winter temperature

Average

9°C and 20°C

Lowest recorded

2.7°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

March

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

300mm

Facilities

  • Water is not available at Pebbly Beach campground.
  • You can purchase firewood at the campground or you can bring your own supply.

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Driving and access

This remote campground can be tricky to get to. Make sure you come well prepared and your 4WD vehicle is ready for sand driving and water crossing. You can only cross Station Creek in a high clearance 4WD at low tide.

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.

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).

Permitted

Fishing

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

Prohibited

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.

Learn more

Pebbly Beach campground - Yuraygir National Park is in Yuraygir National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

A watery wonderland

Wilsons Headland walk, Yuraygir National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

The park not only boasts a superb coastline but also features rivers, lakes and estuaries, so swimmers and snorkelers are spoilt for choice. Remember your fishing rod - the waters off the park are excellent for jewfish and groper, and Sandon River is among the state's most popular fishing spots. If surfing is your thing, you can't beat the legendary Angourie Surfing Reserve - it hosts what's arguably Australia's best right-hand point break. Yuraygir is also a paddler's paradise, its sheltered waterways provide the ideal setting for canoeing, kayaking and boating.

  • Angourie Bay picnic area After surfing or swimming at the Clarence Coast’s famous Angourie Headland, stop off at the scenic Angourie Bay picnic area for a tasty picnic lunch with the family.
  • Wooli to Red Rock walking track Wooli to Red Rock walking track, part of Yuraygir coastal walk, is a moderate hiking route with river crossings, scenic coastal views and great opportunities for birdwatching.

Important landscapes

Remote coastline, Yuraygir National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

When you visit Yuraygir, you're entering one of the most diverse bioregions in Australia. Wander past age-old coastal landforms, littoral rainforest, eucalypt forest, woodland and wetlands - much of which simply wouldn't be there without the park's protection. Pay a visit to Shelley Headland to see the state's most significant remaining example of grassy clay heath.

  • Angourie to Brooms Head walking track Angourie to Brooms Head walking track, part of Yuraygir coastal walk, is a hiking route offering scenic lookouts and opportunities for beach walking, birdwatching, and seasonal whale watching.
  • Yuraygir coastal walk Hike the multi-day Yuraygir coastal walk on the Clarence Coast near Yamba. You’ll find loads of places for whale watching, snorkelling and swimming, with overnight stops at beach campgrounds.
  • Yuraygir guided treks with Home Comforts Hiking Home Comforts Hiking offers guided treks of Yuragir coastal walk with overnight accommodation in 4 charming coastal villages. It’s a great way to explore this beautiful coastline near Yamba and Coffs Harbour.

Precious and protected

Kangaroo in the grass, Yuraygir National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

At Yuraygir, you can see some of the country’s most vulnerable native wildlife up close, such as squirrel gliders and eastern grass owls. See if you can spot a rufous bettong, a rarely-seen rabbit-sized marsupial also know as the rufous rat-kangaroo. Or even the shy Queensland blossom-bat, Australia’s smallest fruit bat. The threatened green and golden bell frog is one of the 25 amphibians within Yuraygir – likely to be found around swamps, lagoons and flood plains. Keep an eye out for coastal emus, once so prevalent and now, sadly an endangered species with fewer than 100 left in the park.

  • Wilsons Headland walking track The easy Wilsons Headland walking track is ideal for whale watching along the Clarence Coast. Starting at Boorkoom campground, the hiking track offers scenic coastal views.
  • Yuraygir coastal walk Hike the multi-day Yuraygir coastal walk on the Clarence Coast near Yamba. You’ll find loads of places for whale watching, snorkelling and swimming, with overnight stops at beach campgrounds.

Treasured culture

Coastal forests, Yuraygir National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

The landscape of Yuraygir National Park has been, and remains, the Country of Aboriginal groups. Generations of Yaegl and Gumbaynggirr People camped, fished and held ceremonies here and numerous areas remain of strong spiritual significance to the Aboriginal community. Take the Freshwater Walk and view the most impressive pandanus palms - this important Gumbaynggirr ceremonial plant was used to weave neckbands, dillybags and baskets.

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

Plants and animals protected in this park

Animals

  • An eastern ground parrot bird's green and yellow colouring camouflages it amongst grassland. Photo: Lachlan Hall © Lachlan Hall

    Eastern ground parrot (Pezoporus wallicus wallicus)

    The eastern ground parrot is a beautiful, ground-dwelling native bird that lives in low heathland habitat along the NSW North and South coasts and escarpments. It’s listed as a vulnerable species in NSW.

  • 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.

  • Yellow-tailed black cockatoo. Photo: Peter Sherratt

    Yellow-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus)

    The yellow-tailed black cockatoo is one of the largest species of parrot. With dusty-black plumage, they have a yellow tail and cheek patch. They’re easily spotted while bird watching, as they feed on seeds in native forests and pine plantations.

  • 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.

  • Brown-striped frog. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

    Brown-striped frog (Lymnastes peronii)

    One of the most common frogs found in Australia, the ground-dwelling brown-striped frog lives in ponds, dams and swamps along the east coast. Also known as the striped marsh frog, this amphibian grows to 6.5cm across and has a distinctive ‘tok’ call that can be heard all year round.

  • Five pelicans stand at the beach shore in Bundjalung National Park as the sun rises. Photo: Nick Cubbin © DPE

    Australian pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus)

    The curious pelican is Australia’s largest flying bird and has the longest bill of any bird in the world. These Australian birds are found throughout Australian waterways and the pelican uses its throat pouch to trawl for fish. Pelicans breed all year round, congregating in large colonies on secluded beaches and islands.

Plants

  • Grass trees, Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

    Grass tree (Xanthorrea spp.)

    An iconic part of the Australian landscape, the grass tree is widespread across eastern NSW. These Australian native plants have a thick fire-blackened trunk and long spiked leaves. They are found in heath and open forests across eastern NSW. The grass tree grows 1-5m in height and produces striking white-flowered spikes which grow up to 1m long.

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