Follow the ancient wandering trails of Australia’s coastal emus on this multi-day Yuraygir Coastal Walk. 

Explore sea caves and rock pools, swim at private beaches and soak up ocean views from ochre cliffs. 

Don’t get scared by that 65km total length! While Yuraygir Coastal Walk can be done as a multi-day backpacking odyssey, many of the 7 beachside campgrounds can be accessed by car, allowing you to pick and choose your way up the coast.

This colossal signposted track traverses the coastline from Angourie to Red Rock. The scenery and views along the way are diverse and astounding. You’ll encounter wildlife and wildflowers as you walk past heathland plains, long sandy beaches, tranquil creeks, lagoons, rocky headlands and even a marine park. 

View the map and choose the best section for you. 

Yuraygir Coastal Trail

Follow the Coastal Emu Footprints

Tackle the full 65km with overnight camping stops along the way or break the track up into shorter segments. It’s best walked north to south with the sun at your back.

This section of the NSW North Coast, traditionally the lands of the Gumbaynggirr and Yaegl people, defines the Australian coastal hiking experience. 

Take a virtual tour of Yuraygir coastal walk captured with Google Street View Trekker.

Good stuff to know about the Yuraygir Coastal Walk…

Distance: 65km one-way
Time suggested: 4 – 5 days
Grade:  Grade 4


Before you go …

It’s always a good idea to let someone know where you’re going. Fill in a trip intention form to send important details about your trip to your emergency contact.

Entry fees: Park entry fees apply. Learn more.

What to bring: Sturdy shoes, drinking water, hat, snacks, sunscreen, map and factsheet.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info.

River Crossings …

The Yuraygir Coastal Walk river crossing contact details are:

  • Wooli River crossing – call 0439 409 909 
  • Sandon River crossing – call 0407 362 118
  • Corindi/Red Rock River crossing – no commercial service available

For further information please call the NPWS Grafton area office on 02 6641 1500.

 Please note:
  • The walk involves a series of tracks, trails, beaches and rock platforms that are linked by following the ‘coastal emu footprint’ marker
  • Check to make sure you’re only crossing rock platforms at low tide
  • Rough seas mean you may need to carry extra food as some sections of beach are unpassable, even at low tide.
  • If you’re planning to stay at any of the campgrounds you’ll need to book online before you leave.