Yuraygir National Park, NSW
Yuraygir National Park stretches down 65 km of NSW coastline from Angourie to Red Rock. The park protects and recognizes the traditional lands of the Gumbaynggirr and Yaegl Aboriginal people. The park offers a variety of activities for single or multi day adventures on land and water. Walking tracks inland and coastal, beach front camping areas, 4WD tracks, fishing, canoeing or kayaking, day use areas, whale watching, kangaroo spotting...choose your own adventure at Yuraygir. For specific camping areas, facilities & fees, walking tracks, beach drives, and marine park information visit the NSW National Parks and Wild Life Services Website.
Our weekend stay in Yuraygir only scratched the surface of what this park has to offer. What did we do?
Beach Driving & River Crossing
Driving on a beach is still a thrilling novelty for us. I imagine it will be for quite some time. Yuraygir's Pebbly Beach Trail certainly quenched that desire! This trail is located in the southern section of the park off the Station Creek Road. Air down at the parking lot before the track starts or just before you merge onto the beach drive. The trail takes you down a single 4x4 track that emerges onto the beach. Drive north on Station Creek Beach to the river. If your plan is to camp at Pebbly Beach then an adventurous estuary crossing at low tide is needed. Otherwise, go for a refreshing swim, bait your line and go fishing, or wade on over to Pebbly Beach and hang out there for the day or to camp.
Camp at Yuraygir's Southern Section Camping
The two main campgrounds on the southern section of Yuraygir are Pebbly Beach and Station Creek Campgrounds. Both campgrounds are unpowered and unnumbered and are on a first come first serve basis. Camp fees are collected each night by the ranger.
Pebbly Beach. The camp has 60 sites which vary in size and are decently spaced out for individual and group camping. To get to Pebbly Beach you need to cross the river at low tide from Station Creek crossing. There is a day use area as well for those who just want some fun in the Pacific and the feel of polished pebbles between their toes. We opted not to camp here because it lacked the wind protection we needed for our rooftop tent, and well, the campground was also full.
Station Creek Camping Area is located at the end of Station Creek Rd. This 3 loop, 20 site campground offers sites that vary in size for individual and small group camping. The giant tree canopy provides nice shade on those hot days, but beware the mozzies! The campground rests just above the Station Creek estuary where you can swim, fish, paddle, or just relax in the shade. A short path in the left loop leads you down to the river. There is also easy walking track to Station Creek beach crossing in the middle loop. Beware the wild turkeys silently stalking the campground seeking opportunities to steal food!
Camp at Yuraygir's Northern Section
Red & Grey Cliff, and Lake Arragan camping areas dot the shoreline of this Yuraygir section. The campgrounds are within short proximity to one another and host 65 campsites between them. Just like the southern campsites these are on a first-in first-served basis. Camp fees are collected by the ranger each night.
Marine recreation on the lake or at the beach draw families to this spot. Swimming, fishing, and non-motorized boating are some of the activities here. The beach is a short walk from each campground. Panoramic views from the cliffs are another big draw here! Scenic coastline and easy cliff access make for a stunning morning sunrise treat or sunset stroll.
Roos are everywhere!
It's not uncommon for Canadians to share a campground with a herd of deer or elk. Sharing the campground with a court of roos is unreal! It's amazing how close you can get to the roos or startled by some bounding out from the brush. On a morning walk to the cliffs, a joey hopped in front of me and I soon realized I was between it and it's mom. I cautiously moved out of the way and continued on my walk. In Canada, you never want to get between a mama bear and her cubs, and I held true to that same mindset with the roos. My Aussie friends assure roos are harmless. I'm unfamiliar with the temperament of a roo, but getting punched by an over-protective jill or eager to prove his manly roohood joey is not on my adventure list. All my encounters with roos so far have been easy and I want to keep it that way.They don't seem too bothered by humans, but they are just as wary of us as we are of them. Like all encounters with wildlife give them enough space when near them.
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Our weekend tackled the north and south ends of the park, which leaves the central section for us to adventure next. Nestled outside the park are quaint coastal towns, each with their own unique offerings and different access to Yuraygir. We explored Corindi Beach, Red Rock, Yamba and Angourie. All worth the visit! I'll be posting about these places soon!