Iluka Nature Reserve
Iluka nature reserve is situated in the Northern Rivers region of NSW , about 1 hour drive south of Ballina . This rainforest is World Hertiage listed and part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area . – the most extensive strip of diverse rainforest anywhere on earth ! Its also the biggest ” by the sea ” rainforest in NSW . With over 180 unique species of plants , 144 spotted bird species in the area , loads of other wildlife and an easy 2.5km flat walking track its easy to be enjoyed .
As soon as you walk into the forest and under the canopy you quickly realize how ancient this place is . Towering giant trees and that awesome rainforest smell . There are guided tours but we just opted to go around and check things out ourselves . You can call the local office on (02) 66411500 to make sure the area is open for when you plan to go there. The small township has a really great pub right on the water and you will get more than your share of fishing advice from the locals there . There”s plenty of places to stay there also if you’re thinking of spending the weekend . We chose the campground next to the rangers station that has full facilities , a great place to relax , you wont want to leave .
Iluka is a key supporter of Wild Futures, Conservation Volunteers Australia’s (CVA) national wildlife conservation program which works to protect rare and vulnerable species across Australia. The contribution that Iluka provides enables CVA to progress activities in support of multiple Wild Futures’ species such as the Eastern Barred Bandicoot and Carnaby’s Cockatoo. – See more at:
So what you will get is Spectacular views, splendid birdwatching, and an array of water activities – from surfing, swimming, snorkeling to whale watching – make Iluka Nature Reserve perfect for a school excursion or weekend retreat.