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Brooms Head to Illaroo

Yuraygir National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Brooms Head to Illaroo.

Track grading

Grade 3

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    7 - 8hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Sign posted

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    18km one-way

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Brooms Head to Illaroo is in the central precinct of Yuraygir National Park. To get there:

    • Turn off Pacific Highway at Maclean
    • Follow the signs to Brooms Head and Sandon River

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is available at Brooms Head, Sandon River and Illaroo campground. 

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

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

    Spring

    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.

    Summer

    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.

    Winter

    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

    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

    • Toilets can be found at Brooms Head, Sandon River and Illaroo.
    • Fresh water can be found at the intersection of Minnie Water Road and the campground entrance approximately 2km south of the campground
    • You’re encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.

    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.

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    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

    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.

    Brooms Head to Illaroo

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    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.

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