Iluka’s Main Beach is a big long beach! It’s 2.5 kilometres long, but feels bigger than that.
The extreme south end, up against the rock wall that herds the Clarence River out to sea, is a surf spot of unique note – incoming swells refract off the rock wall and ricochet back, creating an unusually powerful ‘wedge’ shaped wave. A walk out along the rock wall provides a great vantage point, looking back to shore.
The southern carpark has toilets and showers, though is a bit light on for shady spots.
The extreme north end of main beach is interesting for different reasons: remains of an old railway track can be seen at low tide with the occasional wheel emerging from the sands. This is a remnant from the tramway built to carry rocks from the headland to create the wall at the north end of the beach in the late 1800s. There’s also some pretty cool rock formations to check out.
And in-between these bookends? Iluka Main beach is dog friendly, and 4WD-friendly at low tide, but council permission must be sought. It’s a big, broad, robust beauty of a thing.