Iluka is located 76km south of Ballina, 60km north of Grafton on the northern NSW coast, and is a three hour drive from Brisbane. It is a tranquil and beautiful town surrounded by national park, the Clarence River and the Pacific Ocean. The town has no commercialised coastal developments making it an idyllic escape with long pristine and unpopulated beaches. However, it does have essential retail outlets including Iluka’s legendary pub – Sedgers Reef, a bowls club, bakeries, a butcher, supermarket, cafes, post office, news agency, hardware and camping shop, chemist, golf club and gift shops.
The name Iluka is an aboriginal word meaning “by the sea”. The area was originally inhabited by the Yaygir or Bunjalang people whose population was greatly reduced following European settlment. Matthew Flinders navigated the area in 1799, but European settlement did not commence until 1862. A post office was opened in 1876 and by 1878 there were about 150 local inhabitants. Iluka was officially pronounced a town in 1885 and remains to this day an important commercial fishing port. Its permanent population is around 2,500.
Iluka’s kilometres of unspoilt beaches are perfect for surfing, swimming and walking. Iluka Bay has a safe netted area for younger children. The river offers further opportunities for walking, fishing, swimming or just relaxing. Iluka also has the largest remaining section of littorial rain forest in the southern hemisphere through which you can take an easy walking path from the township to beaches or to the spectacular Bluff lookout where you can view whales during their migration.
Iluka is the ideal getaway for family holidays, a spontaneous weekend break or an extended sea/tree change.