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Brooms Head to Illaroo walking track

Yuraygir National Park

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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.

18km one-way
Time suggested
7 - 8hrs
Grade 3
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Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Opening times

Yuraygir National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

What to
Drinking water, hat, suitable clothing, sunscreen, sturdy shoes
Please note
  • The route is best walked north to south.
  • For assistance crossing Sandon River, call 0407 362 118 well ahead of time.
  • If you’re planning to stay at Illaroo campground or Sandon River campground you’ll need to book online before you leave. Other campgrounds along the multi-day Yuraygir coastal walk operate on a first in, first served basis.

If you love beach hiking then the moderate Brooms Head to Illaroo walking track is for you. Take in sweeping stretches of golden beaches and protected woodlands of paperbarks on this leg of the Yuraygir coastal walk. There are scenic coastal views at the southern end of Brooms Head Beach which are ideal for whale watching and dolphin spotting.

At low tide, explore Plover Island, which holds great cultural significance for the Yaegl People. Middens and artefacts have been discovered in the area and information about these can be found on the island.

Sandon River, around the halfway lunch break mark, is the northernmost point of Solitary Islands Marine Park, which runs south for 75km to Muttonbird Island at Coffs Harbour. The small settlement of Sandon, on the south side of the river, is made up of only about 35 dwellings.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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