Iluka Rainforest walking track

Iluka Nature Reserve

Overview

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.

Where
Iluka Nature Reserve
Accessibility
Hard
Distance
2.6km one-way
Time suggested
30min - 1hr 30min
Grade
Grade 2
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • Iluka Rainforest walking track may be closed in periods of extreme weather
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch

Suitable for all ages, this short walk takes you through Iluka Nature Reserve, offering a fantastic way to see the vibrant life of the rainforest up close.

As you leave the township of Iluka, it’s extraordinary how quickly you’re transported back in time in this ancient rainforest ecosystem. It’s no wonder it’s part of the World Heritage-listed Gondwana rainforests. You'll pass yet another beautiful, large strangler fig ahead, intertwined with ferns and vines as it reaches up towards the tall canopy overhead. If you walk quietly, you might see or hear the brightly coloured noisy pitta and the sharp crack of the whipbird.

After a leisurely stroll, you’ll arrive at Iluka Bluff lookout in Bundjalung National park. Bask in the panoramic views and bring binoculars; it's a great spot for picnicking and whale watching in the winter months. In the warmer months, why not have a swim or a snorkel by the beach before you head back to Iluka? 

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Local alerts

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General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Iluka Rainforest walking track.

Track grading

Grade 2

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

    30min - 1hr 30min

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Flat

  • Distance

    2.6km one-way

  • Steps

    No steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

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    Iluka Rainforest Walk starts from the corner of Long and Crown streets in the township of Iluka. You can also start the track from the Iluka Bluff carpark, which is approximately 500m off Iluka Road on an unsealed road, just near the golf course.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is available at Iluka Rainforest Walking Track, including several designated disabled spots. It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Iluka Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    A great time to for a bit of beach fishing as the travelling winter species move closer to the shore.

    Spring

    Experience the spring fragrances of the rainforest and the diversity of local birdlife.

    Summer

    Head straight to Iluka Bluff and immerse yourself in the glistening waters - water activities like swimming, snorkelling and surfing await you.

    Winter

    Take in the panoramic views from Iluka Bluff and keep your eyes out for whales migrating north along the coast.

    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.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + 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).

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - hard

    Assistance may be required to access some sections of the walk.

    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.

    Nearby towns

    Grafton (16 km)

    Grafton is a gracious, historic city in the Clarence Valley farming district. It's situated on the broad Clarence River and surrounded by river flats.

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    Iluka (2 km)

    Iluka is a peaceful and scenic town with superb fishing and beaches. A coastal village, it's set on the north side of the Clarence River mouth.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Yamba (12 km)

    Yamba is a bustling holiday resort with a large fishing fleet. It's built around a headland at the mouth of the Clarence River.

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    Learn more

    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 rainforest environment through their senses.
    • 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 exploration.
    • 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 environment using their senses.

    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 rainforest environment through their senses.
    • 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 exploration.
    • 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 environment using their senses.

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    School excursions (3)

    Forest path hero, Iluka Nature Reserve