Yuraygir National Park

Camping

Introduction of a 'user pays' firewood system in Yuraygir National Park

From 1st April 2012 the following camping areas in Yuraygir National Park will have a 'user pays' firewood system:

  • Lake Arragan  
  • Red Cliff and Grey Cliff
  • Sandon River
  • Illaroo

The need to introduce a 'user pays' system for firewood in these camping areas is due to the ongoing theft and excessive use of firewood by some campers.

Campers will be able to purchase firewood from the following locations:

  • camping area contractor  -  will sell directly to campers when he is located in campgrounds
  • Minnie Water Caravan Park
  • Brooms Head shop

Campgrounds

Boorkoom campground (10 sites)

Picture a place at Australia’s edge, where wild rocky shores border quiet beaches. Surf’s up, the fish are biting and eagles soar overhead. Natural lookouts beckon with beguiling ocean views and all that’s missing is you.

With just 10 clifftop campsites atop the northern end of Wilsons Headland, Boorkoom campground offers an exceptionally secluded stay. The headland is a great spot for watching the annual whale migration.

Swim or surf the pristine waters of the north coast or go fishing for whiting, bream or flathead. Walk the 3km Wilsons Headland walk, enjoying its boardwalks and sweeping sea views en route to a lovely picnic area.

Activities: walking, surfing, swimming, whale watching, birdwatching, picnicking, playing and socialising

Location:  shown on Minnie Water map

Getting there: Boorkoom campground is in the Minnie Water precinct of Yuraygir National Park. To get there:

  • From Grafton, drive southwest along Pacific Highway.
  • After about 12km, turn left at Eight Mile Lane.
  • Follow Eight Mile Lane as it becomes Wolli Road (keep right) for another 29km.
  • Turn left at Diggers Camp Road and continue for about 7km

Facilities: picnic tables, gas/electric barbecues (free), non-flush toilets, trackhead/access point

Contact: Grafton, Phone: 02 6641 1500

Illaroo campground (60 sites)

Wheelchair access: medium

Assistance may be required to access this area

The spacious Illaroo campground is split in two parts – north and south – and offers 60 campsites just a hop, skip and a jump from the beach.

Arrive early to nab a shady caravan site overlooking the Pacific Ocean and coastline. Lovely walks, including the Angophora Grove walk, are nearby and the beach offers an endless array of options – from fishing to swimming to snorkelling. If you’re into canoeing try the nearby and stunning Wooli River and fishing boats can be launched from Minnie Water. In fact, it’s almost too easy to while away your days in this idyllic spot – you’ll never want to leave.

Wooli and Grafton are easily accessible if you find you need supplies while camping in this remote area.

If you’re thinking of camping with a group, be sure to visit the Illaroo group camping area.

Activities: walking, snorkelling, swimming, fishing, picnicking, playing and socialising

Location:  shown on Minnie Water map

Getting there: Illaroo campground is in the Minnie Water precinct of Yuraygir National Park. To get there from Grafton, drive approximately 12km southwest on the Pacific Highway. Turn left at Eight Mile Lane. Follow Eight Mile Lane as it becomes Wolli Rd (keep right) for another 28km and turn left at left at Minnie Water Road. Continue for about 7km and turn left at Sandon Road. The campground will be ahead in just over a kilometre.

Facilities: picnic tables, wood barbecues, gas/electric barbecues (free), fire rings (firewood supplied), non-flush toilets, drinking water, trackhead/access point

Contact: Grafton, Phone: 02 6641 1500

Illaroo group camping area (1 sites)

Wheelchair access: medium

Assistance may be required to access this area

Illaroo group camping area, which offers simple and convenient online booking, is the ideal campground for groups of 20 to 35 looking for an exclusive camping experience. A gated area with easy pin code access means that all you’ll need to remember when heading to the beach is your surfboard, sunscreen and snack for breaks between waves.

Perfect for families and friends, Illaroo group camping area is a great place to meet for an affordable coastal holiday near Grafton.  You’ll want to pack boogie boards, surfboards and your swimmers as they’ll all be put to good use here. Make sure you take your fishing rod to catch your dinner from the beach, which you can cook up on your own gas barbecue.

Wooli and Grafton are nearby, so if you’ve not managed to make the catch of the day, you can venture into town to stock up on supplies.

If you’d like to stay in the general area of Illaroo campground, check out the Illaroo campground page.

Activities: walking, snorkelling, swimming, fishing, picnicking, playing and socialising, surfing

Getting there: Illaroo campground is in the Minnie Water precinct of Yuraygir National Park. To get there from Grafton, drive about 12km southwest on the Pacific Highway. Turn left at Eight Mile Lane. Follow Eight Mile Lane as it becomes Wolli Rd (keep right) for another 28km and turn left at left at Minnie Water Road. Continue for about 7km and turn left at Sandon Road. The campground will be ahead in just over a kilometre.

Facilities: picnic tables, gas/electric barbecues (free), wood barbecues (firewood supplied), drinking water, non-flush toilets, trackhead/access point

Online bookings: use a secure payment facility to book online

Alternatively, please contact the Customer Experience Team on 13000 PARKS (13000 72757).

NB: All reservations incur a booking fee of 2.5% in addition to the total amount payable.

Contact: Grafton, Phone: 02 6641 1500

Lake Arragan and Red Cliff campgrounds (65 sites)

Lake Arragan and Red Cliff campgrounds sit side-by-side on the park’s northern coastline. Between them, there are 65 grassy campsites – many with shade and all just a short walk from the beach.

Choose a campsite at Lake Arragan, a small coastal lagoon system surrounded by paperbarks. This is a great spot for canoeing, swimming, fishing and birdwatching, and if you’re feeling energetic, you can try the 10km coastal walk to Angourie.

Or head south to Red Cliff for panoramic coastal views. Here you can discover isolated beaches or just listen to the surf roll over the rocks while watching kangaroos and birds going about their business.

Activities: walking, paddling, swimming, fishing, picnicking, playing and socialising, surfing

Location:  shown on Angourie map

Getting there: Lake Arragan and Red Cliff campgrounds are in the Angourie precinct of Yuraygir National Park. To get there:

  • Turn right onto Brooms Head Road from the Pacific Highway
  • Continue for about 18km and then follow signs for Lake Arragan or Red Cliff campgrounds, both are located on Brooms Head Road about 3km north of Brooms Head.

Opening hours: Parking is available at Lake Arragan and Red Cliff campgrounds

Facilities: picnic tables, wood barbecues, non-flush toilets, drinking water, trackhead/access point

Contact: Grafton, Phone: 02 6641 1500

Pebbly Beach campground - Yuraygir National Park (60 sites)

Pebbly Beach campground sits by a small bay north of Station Creek Beach. Getting to this remote campground is as much an adventure as staying there – you’ll need to drive along the beach and cross a saltwater estuary at low tide.

Once you’re there, the fun really begins. Settle into a spacious campsite, just metres from the she-oak lined shore, then start exploring. You’ll find great walking tracks in the area, and the nearby headlands are excellent for whale watching.

True to its name, the beach features ‘pebbly’, gravel-like sand and is a fantastic place for swimming and fishing. What are you waiting for?

Activities: walking, swimming, fishing, whale watching, picnicking, playing and socialising

Location:  shown on park map

Getting there: On entering Yuraygir National Park follow signs to Pebbly Beach Camping Area. Access to the campground includes a combination of unsealed road, dune track, beach and Saltwater Creek crossing and is suitable for only high clearance 4WDs and only at low tide.

Facilities: non-flush toilets, trackhead/access point

Contact: Grafton, Phone: 02 6641 1500

Rocky Point campground (2 sites)

Rocky Point campground is a peaceful spot within Yuraygir National Park, which offers the convenience of being close to Minnie Water village, while enjoying that remote getaway feeling. The campground is best suited to self-sufficient campers who are making their way along Yuraygir coastal walk.

Here, you can enjoy astonishing elevated views out over the ocean right from your campsite. It’s a great spot to go whale watching, as the majestic giants of the sea head north to warmer waters during their annual migration. During the spring and summertime, it’s a great spot to be close to the beach to enjoy a spot of swimming or fishing too.

You’ll see many coastal birds of prey in this area, such as osprey, brahminy kites and white-bellied sea eagles. Go walking to explore the area and catch a closer glimpse of surrounding flowering coastal plants, including gorgeous banksia, bloodwood and smooth-barked apple.

Activities: birdwatching, whale watching

Location:  shown on Minnie Water map

Getting there: Rocky Point campground is in Yuraygir National Park. To get there:

  • Turn off Pacific Highway, south of Grafton, following the signs to Wooli.
  • Turn east off Wooli Road onto Minnie Water Road at the Minnie Water sign
  • As you drive into Minnie Water, 100m past the caravan park, turn left onto Illaroo Road.
  • Follow Illaroo Road, then turn east into the signposted entrance to the southern section of Illaroo campground.
  • The campground is a 200m walk

Contact: Grafton, Phone: 02 6641 1500

Sandon River campground (40 sites)

Perched on a sandy peninsular by the Sandon River mouth, Sandon River campground presents you with river on one side and protected ocean on the other. Not only does this mean million-dollar views, but easy access for fishing, swimming and boating.

After you’ve chosen your caravan, trailer or tent site, why not share a barbecue with your neighbours? Use the boat ramp and head out fishing or for a spot of canoeing, or find out about the site’s rich Aboriginal and European cultural heritage from the informative panels around the campground. If you feel like getting your toes wet, head to the beach for a quick dip.

This campground is also a great place to stop over when hiking the multi-day Yuraygir coastal walk.

Activities: walking, paddling, sailing and boating, fishing, picnicking, playing and socialising

Cultural heritage: Permanent European settlement commenced in 1914 by fisherman and oystergrowers. The dwellings are now largely occupied by families for summer holidays in this beautiful location.

Location:  shown on park map

Getting there: Sandon River campground is in the Brooms Head precinct of Yuraygir National Park. To get there from Gulmarrad, near Maclean, follow Brooms Head Road southeast for about 17km. Then turn right on Sandon Road and follow it for about 10km until you reach the campground.   

Facilities: picnic tables, wood barbecues, gas/electric barbecues (free), non-flush toilets, flush toilets, amenities block, public phone, boat ramp, trackhead/access point

Contact: Grafton, Phone: 02 6641 1500

Shelley Head campground (10 sites)

This lovely walk-in campground is a stone’s throw from Shelley Caves and Little Shelley Beach, where you can swim, fish and explore. It’s a perfect spot for adventurous walkers looking for a remote nature getaway as it’s a 7km hike north of Lake Arragan, or a 6km walk south of Angourie along Yuraygir coastal walk.

Spring is a particularly wonderful time to camp here, as the surrounding woods come alive with an array of blooming coastal wildflowers, including Christmas bells, flannel flowers and native orchids in purple, red, yellow and even black.

There’s also plenty of wildlife to see here, from emus and long-nosed bandicoots to sugar gliders, owls, eastern grey kangaroos and red-necked as well as swamp wallabies.

Activities: walking, swimming, fishing, astronomy and star gazing, birdwatching, whale watching, picnics and barbecues

Location:  shown on Angourie map

Getting there: Shelley Head campground is within Yuraygir National Park. To get there via Lake Arragan campground:

  • Take Pacific Highway north from Grafton for about 35km
  • Continue for about 18km and then follow signs for Lake Arragan or Red Cliff campgrounds
  • Shelley Head campground is a 7km walk north from Lake Arragan

Facilities: picnic tables, lookout, trackhead/access point

Bookings: Bookings are not available for this campground.

Contact: Grafton, Phone: 02 6641 1500

Station Creek campground (20 sites)

Wheelchair access: medium

  • Assistance may be required to access this area.

Station Creek campground is a peaceful campground conveniently situated on Station Creek estuary, offering superb fishing, canoeing and swimming. It’s a gentle 600m stroll to the local beach, following a lovely walking track lined with scribbly gum and corkwood trees.

The campground is particularly popular with families. It offers a safe environment where kids can go swimming while the grown-ups fish or simply relax in the shade, nearby.

Keep your eyes open for the striking brolga around the water’s edge. Also known as the Australian crane, it’s a tall, upright wetland bird with a small head, long beak, slender neck and long legs often seen hunting in shallow waters. If you’re really lucky, you might even spot one of the emus that visit the area now and again throughout the year.

Activities: birdwatching, picnics and barbecues, camping, swimming

Location:  shown on park map

Getting there: Station Creek campground is in the southern precinct of Yuraygir National Park. To get there:

  • From Pacific Highway, take the McPhillips Road turn-off approximately 30km south of Grafton, or 25km north of Coffs Harbour.
  • Follow signage for approximately 13km to the park boundary entrance 

Facilities: picnic tables, wood barbecues, amenities block

Bookings: Bookings are not available for this campground.

Contact: Grafton, Phone: 02 6641 1500

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