Yuraygir Coastal Walk, Yuraygir National Park NSW

Walk the Yuraygir Coastal Track surrounded by ocean views, wildlife and teeming river systems with just a day pack.

AT A GLANCE

Dates27 February–3 March 2022
27–31 March 2022
*more dates to come*
(If the dates listed are not suitable, please contact our team travel@australiangeographic.com or call 1300 241 141 to enquire about alternative dates)
Activity levelIntroductory to moderate.
This is trip is nearly all walking on sand. Please be prepared to walk on sand for long distances. We recommend training on sand before joining this adventure.
Duration5 day trip, 4 nights camping
PricesFrom $2095 per person
Single private tent hire available from $100
Group sizeMinimum 6, maximum 16 guests
Featuring regionsYuraygir National Park, NSW

WHAT TO EXPECT

The Yuraygir National Park is the largest coastal park in New South Wales and one of the most diverse bioregions in the country. From age-old coastal landforms, littoral rainforest, eucalypt forest, woodland and wetlands, you can see it all in Yuraygir National Park. The National Park is home to the stunning Yuraygir Coastal Track which follows the footsteps of the ancient coastal emus that once thrived in the park. 

Over four days we walk southwards taking in the sweeping and ever-changing views. The park is home to an abundance of Australian native wildlife. As we walk we’ll keep an eye out for kangaroos, white-bellied sea eagles, yellow-tailed black cockatoos, emus and whales. Carrying only a day pack, we’ll walk along pristine beaches, cross creeks and rock hop across multiple small and remote beaches. In the afternoon we arrive at camp, with time to relax and enjoy a swim.

The 49-kilometre walk involves a series of tracks, trails, beaches and rock platforms that are linked by following the ‘coastal emu footprint’ marker. We hope you can join us on our exclusive new adventure.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the secluded coast between Angourie and Red Rock
  • Spot an abundance of wildlife, including kangaroos, whales and birdlife
  • Enjoy ever-changing and expansive views of the ocean, rocky headlands and bushland
  • Hike in the beautiful Yuraygir National Park

ITINERARY

DAY 1: Self drive or Group Transfer to Yuraygir National Park

This morning we depart early from Central Station in Sydney for our group transfer up the coast. If you prefer to self drive to Coffs Harbour, we can arrange to pick you up from Coffs Harbour airport. In the afternoon we arrive at the beautiful Yuraygir National Park where we set up camp for the evening. We have a chance to stretch our legs on a short beach walk before sitting down to our first group dinner.

Dinner provided.

DAY 2: Short transfer to Angourie, walk to Lake Arragan

Walking distance: 12.5km

After breakfast, a short transfer will bring us to Angourie Lookout and picnic area, where the Yuraygir Coastal Walk starts. We embark on the Coastal Track, heading southward for Shelley Head. If we’re there at low tide we can take a detour to Shelley Caves where we can marvel at the stunning display of ocean force and time taking its toll on the sandstone headland.

We finish today’s walk as we head over Shelley Headland and onto Plumbago beach and the nearby Lake Arragan campground. The campground is a great spot for a swim and an afternoon of relaxing. Overnight Lake Arragan campground.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

DAY 3: Walk to Illaroo via Brooms Head and Sandon

Walking distance: 17.5km

We start the day with a short transfer from camp to Brooms Head, where we start our walk up along the headland trail. We walk surrounded by expansive views of the sweeping beaches before arriving at Sandon for our first river crossing. We’ll stop for morning tea before crossing the narrow river and strolling through the small town of Sandon. We continue along Sandon beach before arriving at our second camp spot at Illaroo North. Leaving our day packs at camp, we can enjoy a short pack-free headland walk around Minnie Water Headland and along Angophora Walking Trail.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

DAY 4: Continue on the coastal walk to Station Creek

Walking distance: 14km

A transfer brings us from camp to Wooli River, where we enjoy our second river crossing and take in the amazing views of the multicoloured headland walls. Our walk starts on the shell-covered shoreline, and we’ll rock hop our way around and across several small and remote beaches. Once we reach Pebbly Beach we will take our boots off and walk across Station Creek. We camp at Station Creek Campground, nestled amongst the dunes that are teaming with birdlife and unspoilt ecosystems.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.

DAY 5: Short walk to Red Rock, return transfer to Sydney or self drive from Coffs Harbour

We finish the trip with a leisurely walk along Station Creek Beach toward the scenic Red Rock for our last river crossing. We’ll enjoy a scenic brunch on the headland, appreciating the last of our coastal views before the group transfer back to Sydney, via Coffs Harbour.

Breakfast provided.

This adventure is on the coast and it is very exposed to wind and rain. The walk involves several river crossings and tides can impact our access to certain sections. Please come prepared to enjoy all weather conditions. If we experience drastic tides we may need to start early in the morning or even walk a section in the evening. This itinerary is subject to change in Community regulations as well as Governmental changes and natural circumstances beyond our control.

Is this the right trip for you ? Find out more by reading our important trip notes here.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Professional wilderness guide/s
  • 4 nights camping
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners, and hot drinks
  • National Park fees
  • Optional transfer from Sydney to/from Yuraygir National Park (or pick up/drop off from Coffs Harbour)
  • Group camping equipment including all cooking and eating equipment, camp chairs and tables
  • Emergency communications and group first aid kit
  • Transfers to/from the start of walks within the Yuraygir National Park

COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Backpack/s
  • Items of a personal nature: alcoholic beverages, car parking etc
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal COVID‑Safe face masks and hand sanitiser
  • Sleeping bag hire.

COVID-19

Until further notice: from 1st October 2021 we will require that all participants on our tours must be fully vaccinated with a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved vaccine against Covid-19 with the final dose administered no later than two weeks prior to departure. See terms and conditions for more details.

We have introduced a range of new safety measures into our operations that address risk minimisation around COVID-19. You can expect:

  • Extra pre-trip screening for travellers
  • All guides following a strict response plan developed by a medical advisor
  • Adjusted groups sizes where required
  • Deep cleaning of vehicles, food preparation areas, sleeping areas and camp sites
  • Stricter safety protocols on vehicle transfers
  • Social distancing measures on the trail 
  • Stringent hygiene procedures around camp cooking
  • Vigilant monitoring of staff health, guides who have shown symptoms will not be leading trips

CONTACT US

Want to know more or register your interest ?

Send us an email to travel@australiangeographic.com or call 1300 241 141.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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