Illaroo to Wooli

Day 3 (14km, 5 hours)

A short walk along the Rocky Point track south from the campground leads you onto Main Beach. This beach passes the small coastal village of Minnie Water. 

Minnie Water has a general store which is just behind the surf club, and a caravan park nearby. Fresh water can be obtained in the town. 

At the southern end of Main Beach wind your way up the boatramp road into Melaleuca Park and onto the walking track. This picturesque walk ends at Back Beach timber steps. At the end Back Beach you round a rocky platform and come onto Diggers Beach which passes the hamlet of Diggers Camp. Not much further you will access the steps up to Boorkoom Camping 

Area. Plan your trip carefully here as some high tides and big swells can make this section between Back Beach and Boorkoom impassable. Boorkoom Camping Area has a gas BBQ and toilet, but no water or wood BBQs. 

Adjoining Boorkoom Camping Area is the magnificent Wilsons Headland Walk. 

Its panoramic ocean views contrast with secluded coves, isolated beaches and banks of wildflowers. The track winds down from Wilsons Headland to Wooli Beach. This long stretch of sand takes you into the township of Wooli. The town has various types of accommodation, general store, restaurants, bowling club, tavern and caravan park. 

The Wooli Wooli River can be treacherous for swimmers. Prior contact with a local boat hire company will ensure a safe passage, preferably on an incoming tide.

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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