Three Options...with Yuraygir Walking Experiences
1) I have slovenly children who think a walk around the block is some kind of death march.
Introduce the kids to walking outdoors – a strange and wonderful activity that doesn’t involve staring at a screen. Start at Boorkoom Campground near Diggers Camp and walk south to Wilsons Headland. The track is mostly elevated above the rugged coastal rock platforms and hidden coves below, with views out to sea and a chance to spot passing whales, dolphins, sea eagles and diving sea birds. You’ll pass through shaded coastal forests and diverse heathlands, where you can challenge your tribe to see who can count the most species of birds. Keep an eye out for the rare Coastal Emu! Once you reach Wilsons Headland, choose your own adventure by following the same route back or by taking the alternative western track when you come to the junction. Finish the family adventure by exploring the rockpools back near Diggers Camp. Sure beats screen time.
Boorkoom Camping Area to Wilsons Headland – 2km / 1 hour one way (4km / 2 hour return)
2) I’m an extreme athlete who happily eats ultra marathons for breakfast.
OK then tough-guy/gal. Take on the full-blown 65km walk from Angourie to Red Rock over four days, or – well – seeing as you’re so über fit you can do it in three if you’re up for the challenge! If you’re a self-sufficient type, throw all your gear on your back and camp in national park campgrounds or caravan parks along the way as you explore this colossal park. Or if you’re in need of a little more comfort you can reenergise in cabins and holiday houses or join a guided tour. Visit the coastal villages of Brooms Head, Minnie Water and Wooli along the way to stock up on supplies as you make your way through the natural beauty of Yuraygir National Park. With three river crossings to negotiate with the help of local boat operators, you’ll be able to say you’ve hiked the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in NSW. Not that you’re one to talk up your achievements, of course.
Angourie to Red Rock – 65kms / 24 hours walking time (plus 3 river crossings)
3) I’m a nature lover who’d give sir David Attenborough a run for his money.
Grab the binoculars and camera and explore Yuraygir National Park walking south from Illaroo Campground at Minnie Water through coastal dune forests, rock platforms and heathlands. ‘Twitchers’ (yes it’s a thing!) will be able to spot an abundance of bird species, while plant lovers will get a close-up view of colourful wildflowers, particularly in late winter and spring. Have morning tea at Boorkoom Campground, then continue to Wilsons Headland. Walk on through littoral (coastal) rainforest, dry heath and wetland habitat while listening out for the sounds of threatened frog species. You’ll walk through habitat of the elusive ground parrot and be able to spot bright Christmas Bells on the outskirts of Wooli. Either camp or stay in a cabin at one of Wooli’s caravan parks or holiday houses near the Wooli Wooli River. Do it yourself or discover the secrets of Yuraygir with an expert local guide.
Illaroo Campground/Minnie Water to Wooli – 15km / 5 hours walking time
Make sure you have maps and adequate supplies before setting out. Check tide charts so you only cross rock platforms at low tide and ensure where possible to organise watercraft in advance to cross rivers safely.
Inside info: Yuraygir Walking Experiences www.yuraygirwalks.com.au 0455 044 292
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au (02) 6641 1500