Yuraygir National Park

Fully Guided Hiking Tours

Fully Guided 5 Day Hiking Tour

‘Follow the ancient wandering trails of Australia’s coastal emus on the four-day Yuraygir Coastal Walk. This colossal 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.

Tackle the full 65km with overnight accommodation stops along the way. You’ll never forget this journey through the traditional homelands of the Gumbaynggirr and Yaegl nations, it’s stunningly beautiful.

National Parks NSW Accredited

Trip dates

Departure Date Tour Duration Price Spots remaining
Tue, 10 Sept 2024 Yuraygir 5 days 4 nights From$AU1,350 Fully booked
Wed, 11 Sept 2024 Yuraygir 5 days 4 nights From $AU1,350 6
You pick the dates Yuraygir 5 days 4 nights From $AU1,350 Private groups only

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Frequently asked questions

The tour is 5 days and 4 nights.

Prices (including GST):

Twin share accommodation with shared bathroom is $1,350 per person. Single supplement is $400 per person. Ensuite bathroom for 4 nights, add $200.

This hiking tour is also available for private groups. Maximum group size is 10. 

Price per person will depend on the group size and the type of accommodation.

As an example, a group of 5 couples (10) in twin/queen share accommodations with shared bathrooms would be $1,350 per person

If guests want en-suites, and/or single rooms, the price will be more. If there are less than 10 guests, the price will be more as costs for the guide and driver will have to be shared with fewer people. Please call for a quote, or use the ‘contact us’ link on the website.

Included

  • All accommodation
  • luggage transfers while hiking
  • Boat and bus transfers
  • A guide for the five days
  • A support vehicle and driver for the whole trip 
  • Transport from Red Rock to Yamba (the start point of the trip).
  • All National Park fees and Public Liability Insurance
  • Drinks and nibbles on 3 nights

Not included

  • Airfares
  • Meals
  • Passport (if applicable), visa (if applicable) and travel insurance
  • Transport to Port Macquarie or to Red Rock

The maximum group size is 10 people plus the guide and driver. Generally the trip is not financially viable if there are less than 8 guests. If there are less than 8 guests booked one month prior to the trip start date, the tour may be cancelled, and all payments refunded.

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change due to National Park alerts, weather conditions and track conditions.

Day 1

  • Meet at  Red Rock at 1.30pm
  • Bus leaves Red Rock at 2.00pm
  • Arrive at Yamba accommodation around 3.30pm. Free time till 5.30pm.
  • Safety and other information briefing at 5.30pm
  • Dinner at Yamba at 6.00pm (own cost)

Day 2 Angourie to Brooms Head

  • Transfer to start of walk at Mara Creek (Angourie) at 8.30am
  • Start walking around 9.00am, to Brooms Head (17km, rated Moderate to hard)
  • Accommodation at Brooms Head. 
  • Dinner at Bowling Club (Chinese, own cost)

Day 3 Brooms Head to Minnie Water

  • Start walking at about 8.30am, to Minnie Water (19km, rated hard)
  • Arrive at Sandon around lunch time. River crossing is arranged. Note: Our support vehicle can pick you up at Sandon and take you to the accommodation at Wooli, if you don’t want to walk the 11km, after lunch
  • Walk to Minnie Water General Store.
  • Transfer to Accommodation at Wooli

Day 4 Minnie Water to Wooli

  • Transfer to hike start at Minnie Waters
  • Start walking at about 9.00am, to Wooli (14km, rated Moderate)
  • Arrive Wooli accommodation at about 3.00pm.
  • Canoes / kayaks available – explore Wooli River
  • Dinner at Wooli Pub at 6.00pm (own cost)

Day 5 Wooli to Red Rock

  • Boat crossing arranged at about 8.30am
  • Start walking at about 9.00am, to Red Rock (12km, Rated Hard). The first 4-5km is the most difficult part of the walk. There are many rock platforms, plus some scrambling and bush bashing. It will be close to low tide.
  • Lunch prior to reaching Station Creek
  • Walk along Pebbly Beach and across Station Creek
  • Walk to Red Rock. River crossing by small boat is arranged
  • Walk finishes about 3.00pm. Drive home.

Please go to the Bookings page on this website, or contact us. A deposit of $300 per person will secure your booking.

The bank details for the deposit are:
Home Comforts Hiking
BSB 923100
Account 36237075

A tax invoice will be provided for each booking

Go to the Bookings page on this website or contact us. A deposit of $AU300 will secure your booking. If less than 1 month before the start date of the trip, then payment in full will be required.

We will send you a PayPal invoice in your preferred currency. You do not need a PayPal account to make the payment. You just need a Visa or Mastercard to make the payment. Alternatively, you can pay in $AU through a money transfer company such as OFX or your bank. In that case use the bank details as shown for Australian based customers.

Please see our full cancellation and refunds policy on the “Bookings” Page

The balance is due one month prior to the trip start date. 

There are no refunds, due to cancellation by you, unless you (the person cancelling) introduce a replacement hiker to replace you. If a replacement can be found by you, we will refund 75% of the total paid by you.

Book your flights (if applicable) once you have paid for the trip in full, or make sure the trip has sufficient numbers before booking your flights.

For overseas guests, we recommend that you take out travel insurance that covers cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances, medical costs, and your valuables.

Overall the hike is rated moderate for experienced hikers. For inexperienced and less fit hikers, it would be rated hard. The total distance walked over 4 days of hiking is 65km. Around 50% of the hike is along pristine beaches. We walk at a slow to moderate pace with plenty of breaks and opportunities to enjoy the views and observe the abundant flora and fauna. There is minimal ascent on the hike, just a few headlands to navigate. There are also three river crossings, but these are all supported by local boat operators. There is also about 4km of walking along rock platforms and bush bashing on the last day. The rock platforms and tracks leading inland on the last hiking day are the most difficult part of the whole hike.

This hike is not recommended for inexperienced hikers. If in doubt, please contact us prior to booking.

Sections of the hike can be avoided by taking a ride in our support vehicle. 

We have recently upgraded our accommodation options. Some previous guests have provided feedback that they would like a private bathroom as well as a private room. We now offer 4 levels of accommodation on our Yuraygir hiking tours:

For singles – either sharing a bathroom or with an ensuite bathroom.

For couples or 2 friends – Queen or twin room with their own bathroom, or sharing a bathroom with others.

Ensuite options are also larger rooms.

Note that bed linen and towels are provided at every accommodation we stay at.

Please contact us if you need any assistance with selecting your preferred accommodation level.

After arrival at Yamba, there will be time to do shopping at local stores for breakfast, morning tea and lunch needs for the hike. There is also an excellent Farmers Market at Yamba, on Wednesday mornings. There are also general Stores at Brooms Head, Minnie Waters and Wooli to buy what you need, but stock and selections are limited.  You may want to buy your bread and other basics at Yamba as there is more selection available. When selecting food, keep in mind that your food may go up to 8 hours a day without refrigeration. 

Breakfast – All cabins have basic kitchen facilities. There are no kitchens at Yamba. At all locations there are cafes/stores available for breakfast and coffee.

Lunch and morning tea needs to be carried in your day pack each day. There are no shops while walking.

There is a venue for dinner each night, so no cooking is required. 

All of our Yuraygir Hikes are supported by a vehicle and driver.  On all Yuraygir hikes, a support vehicle will transfer your luggage from accommodation to accommodation, and can also take passengers (if you want a rest day). You only need to carry a day pack while hiking each day. 

We must impose limits to ensure our driver is not carrying excessive weights. There is a strict limit of 3 bags per person, as per the following:

Bag 1 – small day pack to carry on the hikes, 20-35 litre size

Bag 2 – Small Bag up to 10kg MAXIMUM for spare clothes and personal items

Bag 3 – Insulated shopping bag (NO eskies) up to 5kg for food.

No extra add ons such as handbags, pillows etc are allowed. If you want to bring these they must be placed in Bag 2.

Note there is a $55 surcharge for any excess luggage.

Due to the costs of providing a support vehicle, if there are less than 8 hikers booked for the trip, then the tour may be cancelled.

  • Small backpack with waterproof cover
  • One bag for luggage transfer
  • Shirts, hiking pants (for day 4), shorts, underwear, socks
  • Hiking shoes and comfy shoes/thongs/sandals for at the accommodation
  • Ankle gaiters
  • Hiking Pole(s)
  • Small torch
  • Hat
  • Water bottles / bladder
  • Rainproof jacket
  • Swimsuit and micro towel
  • Photo ID, Money and/or Debit/Credit Card
  • Passport (if applicable), Visa (if applicable), Travel Insurance docs
  • Phone and/or tablet, camera and chargers
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Food/snacks can be purchased along the way

Meet at Red Rock Store on the Corindi River (Lawson St) at 1.30pm, or meet at our first night’s accommodation at Yamba between 4 and 5pm. You can leave your car near the store at Red Rock and take our commuter bus to Yamba for our first night’s accommodation.

 

At Red Rock, where your cars are parked, at about 3.00pm on Day 5. 

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            [post_content] => Over the last few years we have done numerous ‘All Ability’ trips. On some of these trips we made short music videos. Links are below if you would like to view them
  1. The Pied Piper Video at Brooms Head on Sat 20th June 2020
  2. The Road Trip Video at Coolongolook on Mon 21st Sep 2020
  3. The House of Fun Video at Sydney Opera House on Mon 21st Sep 2020
  4. The Muttonbird Island Music Video on Wed 28th July 2021
  5. The Dorrigo Steam Railway Video on Thurs 29th July 2021
  6. The Dancing in the City Video at The Rocks on Mon 22nd Nov 2021
  7. Pittwater & Killcare Video on Thur 25th May 2023
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Day 0, 7 September 2019

The drive to Red Rock was an easy 5 hour trip with little Saturday traffic and no road works. As we neared Red Rock, the fires to the east looked serious and aircraft were water-bombing. There was plenty of smoke.

Red Rock is a tiny coastal village with one busy shop and caravan park the only retail establishments. There are however new subdivisions to the south. The group assembled and we were bused to Yamba, the driver a cheery 82 yo lady. The Yamba Hotel looked familiar and a call to Graham confirmed that we had attended Gerry Ryan's wedding there in the '80s sometime. It was in the same dilapidated state but the view could not be faulted: gorgeous.

Our accommodation was on the second floor and our room had a huge sliding window that opened at waist height with a drop to the cement many metres below. An OH&S disaster waiting to happen! The place was thumping, literally, as it was Saturday night with a band and lots of backpackers and locals enjoying the entertainment. Pam and I searched out some food in town for the next day, and later, wished that we had bought/brought more. Even at 5.00 pm, there was not much open. The bus trip and dinner provided an opportunity to glean some first impressions of our walking companions and they were all positive: a very nice bunch. As well as Pam Dawes from Manly, there was Sarah, Steve and Claudia from Port Macquarie, Tony from Byron Bay, Derek from Mosman, plus Marcus and his wife Marika, their daughter Monica with husband Dave and daughter little, 12 months old, Ashlin. Steve had camping gear and used it for some of the nights. Home Comforts Hiking proved to be a well-organised and friendly crew.  

SMOKE Day 1, 8 September 2019 - Angourie to Brooms Head - 17 km - 4 hours walking - 226m elevation gain - 183m elevation loss - av temp 27 deg C

Mara Creek Campsite is the starting point for the Yuraygir Coastal Walk and this site is historically-significance as it was a source of fresh water and fish for the local Goorie (Aboriginal) people. A natural fish trap on the rock platform below the Shelley Beach path is clearly visible. So it is with an appreciation of the timelessness of this stunningly beautiful area that we set off, a family of sorts. A group photo is taken. Little Ashlin is strapped into her carrier and Monica steps out strongly with tales of her walk along the Pacific Crest Trail (4,270 km) that makes our 65 km effort over 4 days seem insignificant. But it is good to chat about ultra trail events and great walks and to hear Monica describe her new interest: trail running, her long legs perfectly built for that. The walk to Lake Arragan via Shelley Headland is varied, with the beach and sand dune trails offering views of ochre-coloured rock platforms and coffee rock sand cliffs to the south. Whales and dolphins are spotted by some of the group but I'm not quick enough to focus. We follow the coastal emu footprint signs and although we come upon wallaby or kangaroo footprints in the sand, we see no emus. Heath and woodland vegetation is diverse and we enjoy a springtime flush of flowers - flannel flowers, orchids, boronias. Coastal banksias, pandanus palms and paperbarks (complete with a native beehive) shade the trails. By midday, the air became quite smoky from the fires to the north-west of Lake Arragan and as we walk on, we speak with locals who have packed up their pets and driven to Plumbago Headland to be well away from the fires. Later we are told that the picnic area near the lake where some of the group enjoyed a bracing swim was burnt out the next day and National Parks closed the section of the walk from Angourie to Laka Arragan until further notice. We end the day with views of Red Cliff and Grey Cliff Headlands and drop down to the beach via stairs - newly repaired. We walk briskly along the beautiful beach to Brooms Head with its stately Norfolk Island pines but as we a glance northward, we are reminded that the fire situation is worsening. Devastating for so many. Our accommodation is adequate - spacious and clean, the only problem being that the bathroom door doesn't close but we aren't too fussed and manage. The bathroom light globe pops but is replaced promptly. The shop is run down as is the owner, the shelves barely stocked and the food is outrageously expensive eg 50g of coffee $12.95! Dinner at the Bowling Club is pleasant and we finish the day with a lively game of BOMB.  

SAND and FLIES Day 2, 9 September 2019 - Brooms Head to Minnie Waters - 20 km - 6 hours walking - 228m elevation gain, 208m elevation loss

A day of two extremes: a delightful 8 km walk along the hard sand of the beach in the morning to Sandon and a horrible 10 km walk on a 4 wheel drive soft-sand track in the afternoon, fighting the flies all the way. But the sun shone, the crossing with Lance in "the BOBSTA" at Sandon was efficient and the wildflowers were gorgeous. Interpretive signs alerted us to the possibility of seeing white-bellied sea eagles (yes) and humpback whales (no), but we did see lots of pelicans at Sandon and yellow-tailed black cockatoos in the coastal cypress thickets in the afternoon. They were magnificent. Sandon is a pretty place with an estuary separating the camping ground and the renovated beach shacks; some are pretty flash. Life is in the slow lane here as access is limited. There is a clear message in the lack of garbage bins - take care of this special place. There was time to have a swim but the wind was cold so a sit in the sun, lunch and a wander around the camping area and along the inlet filled in the time nicely. The break provided an opportunity to read the information signs and appreciate that this stretch of coast is protected by Sanctuary Zones and Commonwealth Marine Reserves. The environmental campaigns of the '80s and '90s are to be applauded. There could not have been a greater contrast to the Brooms Head shop in the Minnie Waters shop: pleasant people run it, well-stocked shelves, pricey...yes but good quality. I eyed off the cheeses... not this time. The sign on the window said it all: Kitchen and Coffee close by 4 (or earlier if there are waves or we just wanna) and the local facilities indicate a community at work here. And what a peaceful end to the day's walk through the Angophoras for the last kilometre to the comfortable cabins at the caravan park. The late afternoon light was magical. We were all feeling a little worn out after the soft-sand slog in the afternoon but showers and pre-dinner drinks followed by a hearty barbeque dinner prepared by Marcus and the family is just what we needed. I need to add that when we left Brooms Head in the morning, there was a possibility that the road would be closed due to the fires and Dave and the trailer would not make it to Minnie Waters. All was well however and Dave was able to bring the gear through as well as the BBQ makings.  

WIND Day 3 - 10 September 2019 - Minnie Waters to Wooli - 16 km - 3.5 hours - 335m elevation gain, 364m elevation loss - av temp 24 deg C

This was to be an easier day of just 16 km and it started well with walking conditions in the morning perfect. There were some rock platforms to pick our way across but overall just more gorgeous beaches. We had morning tea at Diggers Camp Back Beach then walked onto Boorkoom Camping Area and Wilsons Headland for lunch before setting off along Wooli Beach. Unfortunately. a cool southerly wind had sprung up and battered us for 6.5 km. We were pleased to arrive at Wooli River Lodges mid-afternoon. What a nice place. Shady, well-maintained gardens; lodges with good linen; an outdoor fully equipped kitchen; and just 5 minutes to the local store and hotel. We enjoyed dinner at the hotel and this was followed by a gathering in the outdoor kitchen to wish Dave a happy birthday with party hats and cake. It seemed like a long day and I headed back to our lodge while most stayed to play 31. I was surprised to find it was only 7.30 pm but the opportunity for an early night was too good to pass up.  

ROCKS Day 4, 11 September 2019 - Wooli to Red Rock - 15.1 km - 3.5 hours walking time - 335 m elevation gain, 364 m elevation loss - av temp 25 deg C

As he had each morning, Marcus delivered a delicious freshly-brewed coffee and it was a greatly appreciated start to the day. A Wooli Wooli River crossing had been organised for 8.30 am and we were transported to the boat by the proprietor of Wooli River Lodges. Low tide was essential for this section of the walk as off and on for the first 6.5 km there was some rock scrambling. After lunch, we crossed Station Creek estuary easily as it was only wading depth. Then there was another beautiful beach walk to Red Rock River and our final boat crossing to Red Rock. Press play on the following link: https://www.relive.cc/view/v1vjpeABDY6 Pam and I had intended to spend the night at Nambucca Heads but as it was only 2.00 pm when we arrived at Red Rock, we canceled our motel booking, thanked and fare welled our walking family and drove home to Caves Beach. What a wonderful walk along a beautiful, pristine coastline in good company, thanks to Home Comforts Hiking – we couldn’t ask for a better few days! [post_title] => Yuraygir Coastal Walk 7 – 11 September, 2019 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => yuraygir-coastal-walk-7 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-04-07 03:15:51 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-04-07 03:15:51 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://homecomfortshiking.launchingsoon.com.au/?p=538 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) )