Iluka

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Illuka Beach (NSW 40) is a straight 2.5 km long beach located between Iluka Bluff and the northern Clarence River entrance wall. The wall was initially constructed in 1901 and extended in 1965. Access is provided from the northern Iluka Bluff car park and the southern car park that runs... Read more

Illuka Beach (NSW 40) is a straight 2.5 km long beach located between Iluka Bluff and the northern Clarence River entrance wall. The wall was initially constructed in 1901 and extended in 1965. Access is provided from the northern Iluka Bluff car park and the southern car park that runs out from Iluka township to the beach and entrance wall. This is a moderately hazardous beach and fortunately not as popular as some of its northern neighbours, except with surfers who enjoy the break along the entrance wall. The beach is well exposed to the southeast waves, which generate a double bar system. The usually attached inner bar is cut by two permanent rips against the bluff and the wall, while up to ten rips form along the beach (Fig. 4.28). A deep trough and rip dominated offshore bar lie further seaward. The Iluka Nature Reserve backs the northern half of the beach.Just inside the northern Clarence River training wall is a 200 m long pocket of sand (NSW 40S), bordered at its western end by the tip of Moriarty’s Wall, a rocky training wall. This is a relatively low wave reflective beach, usually containing a steep cusped beach face. However it does face into the deep water and strong tidal currents of the river mouth, so be careful if swimming off the beach.

Swimming

These six beaches range from low to moderately hazardous. If swimming head for the quieter Woody Bay and the southern end of Bluff Beach, which is patrolled during the summer holidays. Avoid swimming on the rip-dominated beaches.

Surfing

Woody Bay usually has only a low shore break. Back Beach provides the largest and most consistent beach breaks in the north with the southern point providing a right hand break. Fraser Reef is only a shore break, however the southern side of the reef can produce a good wave over the reef and bars. Also reasonable reef/bar break on the north side of the Bluff during south-east waves. Iluka Beach has variable beach breaks, with potential for good waves against the northern Bluff, during north easterlies. In the south, when the bars are right, the entrance wall (North Wall) can hold reasonable waves up to 3 m during east to south-east swell conditions.

Fishing

Many fishers come to camp at Woody Bay and fish the surrounding beaches and rocks for tailor, bream, flathead, snapper and jewfish, and to launch their boats to go out to the reefs. Woody Head, Second Bluff, Frazer Reef, Iluka Reef and the North Wall are all popular rock fishing spots, with permanent gutters against the rocks on most of the small beaches. Be wary if walking or fishing on the extensive shore platforms that surround each headland. Waves wash over these platforms and rising tides can trap the unwary. There is 4WD access to Iluka Beach, north of the southern access track.

General

The southernmost section of Bundjalung National Park, between Shark Bay and the northern Clarence River entrance wall includes six small beaches (NSW 36-40A) separated by headlands composed of 200 million year old Triassic sandstones. The park provides good access to all beaches, with a popular camping area at Woody Head, and the fishing town of Iluka providing a base for visitors.

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There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.

TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
22°C
Water
22°C
UV Rating
12 / 11

Hazards

Sharks
Sharks
Bluebottles
Bluebottles
Topographic rips
Topographic rips

Strong Currents

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SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.


Iluka, NSW 2466
Length: 2.6km
General Hazard Rating: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw040
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