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Shark Bay picnic area

Bundjalung National Park

Overview

Get together for a picnic at the beachside Shark Bay picnic area, near Iluka and Yamba in the southern part of Bundjalung National Park. The beach has low waves and is sheltered and shaded by fringing rainforest.

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Bundjalung National Park
Accessibility
Medium
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, snacks, drinking water
Please note

If you’re swimming, there’s no lifesaving service at this beach. The closest patrolled beach is at Iluka Bluff, about 5mins drive away. Iluka Bluff beach is patrolled only during peak holiday season.

For a family day at the beach, head to Shark Bay picnic area, just 5mins drive from Iluka on the NSW north coast. Sheltered from ocean winds, this quiet and secluded spot is perfect for summer barbecues.

Park right at the picnic area and spread your picnic blanket on the grass, or set up at a nearby picnic table. Relax and enjoy the sounds of butcher birds calling and cicadas humming. It’s easy for parents to see the kids playing safely on the grassy area, shaded and separated from the beach by a fringe of dune-side rainforest.

Bring a ball and bat for a game of cricket on the grass or head to the beach for a swim in Shark Bay’s sparkling blue water. Protected from big ocean waves by a headland and fringing reef, it’s also a lovely spot for some beach fishing.

If you’re not ready to leave, there’s Woody Head just 3mins walk away, with its campsites, cottages and cabins. Base yourself here for local adventures like the Esk River paddle route or 4WD trips on Ten Mile Beach.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

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Aerial view of surf breaking on rocky headland fringing Shark Bay in Bundjalung National Park. Photo: Jessica Robertson/OEH.