Just a scenic ferry-ride across the Clarence from Yamba, or a short drive off the highway,Iluka is quieter and more laid-back than its trendier cousin. With a winning combination of superb fishing locations, uncrowded beaches and one of Australia’s rarest, but most accessible rainforest remnants, Iluka draws residents and visitors wanting relaxed, outdoors and nature-based living.
The World Heritage-listed Iluka Nature Reserve contains the largest remnant of littoral rainforest in NSW, and supports a rich vegetation and abundant bird and animal life. Conservationists, bird-watchers and anyone who wants to experience the coast as it was just over a century ago should not miss this experience. Additionally, the Bundjalung National Park, which commemorates the Aboriginal tribe who occupied this area, stretches from the northern edge of Iluka to Evans Head.
There is a wide range of holiday accommodation, with excellent camping and caravanning facilities plus cabins also available, and the town centre has a good range of facilities for locals and visitors. Tennis courts and playing fields are available to enthusiasts, and golfers enjoy all-weather play thanks to the well-drained sand-based fairways, even if natural hazards include emus and wallabies!
There are many beautiful picnic areas, including Shark Bay, Frazers Reef, Iluka Bluff and Back Beach, and the Woody Head National Park camping area is popular for its great facilities and superb location.
The ferry trip to and from Yamba also is just one sight-seeing option, with river cruises also available. The local hotel overlooks Iluka Bay and the boatharbour.
- Population – 1900
- Transport Services – Bus
- Council – Maclean Shire Council