Wooli to Red Rock

Day 4 (14.2km, 5 hours + boat time)

Once crossing the Wooli Wooli River you will traverse a 5km stretch of rock platform, which can be quite strenuous. This is the most remote section of the walk. It is vital to check your tide chart as this section of the walk may become impassable in very rough ocean conditions and high tides. 

The rocky platform leads you to the spectacular Freshwater Beach. In this section of the coast you come across Yuraygir’s most impressive pandanus palms (Pandanus tectorius). Whilst not a true palm the pandanus has spined leaves in a spiral arrangement. Wildlife take advantage of the spiny leaves by living in the tree for protection and favour its fruit. 

The Gumbaynggirr people used pandanus leaves to weave neckbands and armbands. 

The fibre of the leaves can be used as string for dillybags, baskets, mats and shelters. 

The pandanus is an important Gumbaynggirr ceremonial plant, however, Elders permission is required to pick its leaves. 

The Freshwater Walking Track links the beach with the Pebbly Beach Camping Area. Please note that there is no water in the campground. However, wood BBQs and toilets are provided. From the campground you cross Station Creek and follow the beach to the Corindi River. The northern and southern end of Station Creek Beach is one of the few beaches used for breeding by the endangered little tern. Breeding success for these birds has improved through the cooperation of visitors and management actions such as fencing, fox baiting and vehicle exclusion areas. 

The village of Red Rock abuts the Corindi River. Again crossing the river will require watercraft support and this should be arranged prior to crossing.

Part of me wants to keep it a secret, part of me wants to tell everyone I know, the Clarence Valley is paradise.

ADRIANNA BUTLER
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