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Iluka Rainforest walking track

Iluka Nature Reserve

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Iluka Rainforest walking track is in Iluka Nature Reserve. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Birdwatcher's haven

Iluka Rainforest walk, Iluka Nature Reserve. Photo: Clarence River Tourism

It's not surprising that Iluka Nature Reserve and neighbouring Bundjalung National Park have become popular destinations for birdwatchers, with 144 bird species spotted in the area. You'll discover an array of birdlife in the rainforest as you wander under its mighty canopy. Look out for the barred cuckoo shrike or the varied thriller darting about in the trees. And if you head towards the sand and mud flats of the nearby Clarence River, there's another 85 species to spot.

  • Iluka Rainforest walking track Iluka Rainforest walking track takes you on an easy stroll through lush rainforest. Unpack a picnic when you arrive at Iluka Bluff in Bundjalung National Park and enjoy stunning views and a swim.
  • Sensing the rainforest Sensing the Rainforest is a school excursion in Iluka Nature Reserve for Stage 3 (Years 5-6) students focusing on HSIE Geography outcomes. Ranger-guided activities encourage students to experience the...
  • Sensing the rainforest Sensing the rainforest is a Stage 1 (Years 1–2) school excursion in Iluka Nature Reserve, focusing on HSIE Geography outcomes. Ranger-guided activities encourage students to experience the rainforest ...
  • Sensing the rainforest Sensing the Rainforest is a Stage 2 (Years 3–4) school excursion in Iluka Nature Reserve, focusing on HSIE Geography outcomes. Students experience the rainforest environment through sensory exploratio...

Water adventures

Iluka Bay, Iluka Nature Reserve. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

Nestled between the coastline and the Clarence River to its south and west, Iluka Nature Reserve has something to offer everyone who enjoys the water. Find a spot to throw in your fishing line from the beaches or rocky coastline, or indulge in a relaxed stroll along the river bank for the estuary fishers. And for those who want to immerse themselves in the glistening blue waters, there's great swimming, surfing and snorkelling at the beaches near Iluka Bluff. As humpback whales migrate north along the coastline in winter, you couldn't find a better spot than the lookout at Iluka Bluff to watch the ocean for its wonderful inhabitants. Pack a picnic, take in the stunning panoramic views, and expect to see a whale or two frolicking in the distance.

  • Iluka Rainforest walking track Iluka Rainforest walking track takes you on an easy stroll through lush rainforest. Unpack a picnic when you arrive at Iluka Bluff in Bundjalung National Park and enjoy stunning views and a swim.

World Heritage rainforest

Iluka Rainforest walk, Iluka Nature Reserve. Photo: Clarence River Tourism

Iluka Nature Reserve is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area - the most extensive strip of diverse rainforest anywhere on Earth. Iluka is also significant as it has the largest remaining stand of littoral 'by the sea' rainforest in New South Wales and over 180 unique species of plants. Experience this special ecosystem up close on the Iluka Rainforest walking trail and see this amazing variety of plant life for yourself.

  • Iluka Rainforest walking track Iluka Rainforest walking track takes you on an easy stroll through lush rainforest. Unpack a picnic when you arrive at Iluka Bluff in Bundjalung National Park and enjoy stunning views and a swim.
  • Sensing the rainforest Sensing the Rainforest is a school excursion in Iluka Nature Reserve for Stage 3 (Years 5-6) students focusing on HSIE Geography outcomes. Ranger-guided activities encourage students to experience the...
  • Sensing the rainforest Sensing the rainforest is a Stage 1 (Years 1–2) school excursion in Iluka Nature Reserve, focusing on HSIE Geography outcomes. Ranger-guided activities encourage students to experience the rainforest ...
  • Sensing the rainforest Sensing the Rainforest is a Stage 2 (Years 3–4) school excursion in Iluka Nature Reserve, focusing on HSIE Geography outcomes. Students experience the rainforest environment through sensory exploratio...

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