Iluka has everything you need to enjoy that relaxing getaway with your family. Situated in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, Iluka is less than a two hour drive from the Gold Coast and is one of Australia’s magical destinations.


Providing something for everyone, Iluka is nestled idyllically on the northern mouth of the Clarence River, and is surrounded by Bundjalung National Park, World Heritage listed Rainforest, the mighty Clarence River and the South Pacific Ocean. You can take the kids snorkelling, surfing, fishing, swimming, walking, bike riding, whale and dolphin watching in an abundance of beautiful locations.


Iluka Main Beach 02With a permanent population of around 2500, Iluka has so far avoided the over commercialised coastal development that now characterises many seaside destinations, enabling it to offer a truly relaxing holiday experience centred on water based activities and walking – the latter can also be enjoyed as an aspect of a game of bowls or round of golf at the local clubs.


Recreational fishing in Iluka is excellent and well renowned, with an abundance of good fishing spots along the river, ocean shore or accessible by boat but be warned, you may have to compete with resident dolphins and pelicans for your catch.


The rainforest supports rich vegetation and abundant bird life. Iluka is a haven for Australian fauna with coastal emus and many rare species of birds including sea eagles, ospreys and oyster catchers regularly seen in the vicinity.


There are excellent surfing and swimming beaches, including a netted area in Iluka Bay and there is 4WD access (permit required) to many kilometres of unspoilt beach in and around Iluka. Surfing is best adjacent to the Northern Break Wall or at Iluka Bluff where the more energetic can walk up to the spectacular lookout and enjoy the view or watch for whales on their annual breeding migration.


Although you will not find any shopping malls in Iluka you will find retail outlets offering all you need to survive including a local pub, a butcher, supermarkets, bakeries, cafes, gift shops, a post office, a newsagent and a chemist. There are several real estate agents in Iluka and any will be keen to help you plan your holiday, whether it is an extended break for several weeks or an impromptu weekend break from the rat race.



Offering modern Australian cuisine, The Laneway Cafe is unprecedented in Iluka. Not only is the food outstanding but they also make a sensational coffee so make you try it out on your next visit to Iluka. The Laneway Cafe is fully licensed and provides seating inside or out creating a friendly and relaxed vibe. Breakfast and lunch is served 7 days and dinner Friday and Saturday nights. The Laneway Cafe is a hidden gem in Iluka and you wont be disappointed To make a booking call 02 6645 7022.



Iluka Bowls Club is the social hub for the Iluka Community and visitors alike. Hosting regular bowls events, providing excellent facilities and renowned for it’s Chinese Restaurant, Iluka Bowls Club has it all.  Open 7 days a week (except Xmas Day) from 10am with meat raffles Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Chinese Restaurant open from 12-2pm for lunch and from 5.30pm for dinner – bookings advised. Phone 02 6646 6427.

Courtesy Bus available Thursday, Friday & Saturday Nights from 5.30pm or by prior arrangement. Bookings 02 6646 6188.



Having taken over just on a year, Ross and Sonia Deakin have transformed Iluka Bait and Tackle into an open, friendly and informative bait shop with a huge array of stock from local and leading brands. Specialising in local bait, Iluka Bait and Tackle can help you get that fish either in the beautiful Clarence River, on one of the picturesque headlands, from your boat or on the open beaches. You can also hire stand up paddle boards, bikes, skateboards, kayaks and surfboards.



Bringing Beach Luxe, diversity and individuality to the Northern Beaches of the Clarence Valley. Stocking a beautiful selection of clothing, art, homewares, toys  and gifts. Proud stockist of The Beach People Round Towels, kip & Co, Seea surfsuits & swimwear, Ahoy Trader wall tiles and furnishings, The Shanti Butterfly, OneTeaspoon. The crew at Siberia love, love, love Iluka and they invite you to come see for yourself why.



Whilst certainly not overdeveloped, Iluka offers a wide range of visitor accommodation from motel to caravan park, from swish self catering apartments to tent sites. There are several caravan parks with pools and children’s activities and loads of room for the kids to play and ride bikes. All accommodation is either situated on the beach or alongside the beautiful Clarence River or a 30 second walk away.


Words // Sonia Deakin

Photography // Justin Clarke




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