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, 13 Jul 2021 Yuraygir 5 days 4 nights Fully Booked Nil
Tue, 17 Aug 2021 Yuraygir 5 days 4 nights Fully Booked Nil
Tue, 31 Aug 2021 Yuraygir 5 days 4 nights Fully Booked Nil
Tue, 14 Sep 2021 Yuraygir 5 days 4 nights Fully Booked Nil
Tue, 3 May 2022 Yuraygir 5 days 4 nights From $AU810 6 plus
Tue, 7 Jun 2022 Yuraygir 5 days 4 nights From $AU810 6 plus
Tue, 19 Jul 2022 Yuraygir 5days 4 nights From $AU810 6 plus
Tue, 9 Aug 2022 Yuraygir 5 days 4 nights From $AU810 6 plus
Tue, 30 Aug 2022 Yuraygir 5 days 4 nights From $AU810 6 plus
Tue, 13 Sep 2022 Yuraygir 5 days 4 nights From $AU810 6 plus

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Frequently asked questions

The tour is 5 days and 4 nights.

Prices (including GST):
$AU790pp (single bunk, sharing room),
$AU890pp (double bed two people, private),
$AU1,000pp (double bed, one person, private )

2022 Prices (including GST):
$AU810pp (single bunk, sharing room),
$AU920pp (double bed two people, private),
$AU1,030pp (double bed, one person, private )

Included

  • All accommodation
  • luggage transfers while hiking
  • Boat and bus transfers
  • A BBQ dinner on day 3
  • A guide for the five days
  • A support vehicle and driver for the whole trip 
  • Transport from Sancrox (near Port Macquarie) or Red Rock, to Yuraygir National Park  and return
  • All National Park fees

Not included

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

The maximum group size is 11 people plus the guide and driver. A minimum of 6 hikers is required for the hiking tour to proceed.

Day 1

  • Meet at Port Macquarie at 10.45am or meet at Red Rock at 1.30pm
  • Bus leaves Port Macquarie at 11.00am and Red Rock at 2.00pm
  • Arrive at Yamba accommodation around 4.00pm. 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)
  • 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 (18km, rated Moderate to hard)
  • Arrive at Sandon around lunch time. River crossing is arranged.
  • Walk to Minnie Water Caravan Park. Accommodation in Cabins
  • BBQ dinner included, beer and wine will be provided

Day 4 Minnie Water to Wooli

  • Start walking at about 9.00am, to Wooli (14km, rated Easy to 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 (14km, Rated Moderate to hard). The first 4-5km is the most difficult part of the walk. Lots of rock platforms, but it will be close to low tide.
  • Lunch at Station Creek, then walk across Station Creek
  • Walk to Red Rock. River crossing by small boat is arranged
  • Walk finishes about 3.30pm. Drive home, or to Port Macquarie!

Bookings can be made online or manually. Click the ‘Book online’ button for online bookings. A deposit of $300 per person will secure your booking.

For manual bookings, please use the “contact us” page to book your spots or make enquiries. The bank details for the deposit are:
Home Comforts Hiking
BSB 932000
Account 500196069

Irrespective of the booking method, an tax invoice will be provided for each booking

Bookings can be made online or manually. Click the ‘Book online’ button for online bookings. The cost of the trip will be in $US. A deposit of $US300 will secure your booking. If less than 2 months before the start date of the trip, then payment in full will be required.

For manual bookings, please use the “contact us” page to book or make an enquiry. We will send you a PayPal invoice. 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, if you prefer. In that case use the bank details as shown for Australian based customers.

If we cancel the tour due to NSW Government imposed Covid 19 travel restrictions, then we will refund your payments in full.

If you cancel your booking due to State Government imposed Covid 19 travel restrictions in your state or area, then we will refund you 80% of payments made, or transfer your booking to another available date.

For non covid cancellations, if you cancel more than 6 months prior to the trip start date we will refund 75% of your payments. There are no refunds for cancellations made by you, less than 6 months from the trip start date.

The balance is due one months 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 90% 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 moderate to 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 on the last day. The rock platforms and tracks attached 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.

As we stay in small coastal villages, and we only require one night’s accommodation at each village, the options available are very limited. The minimum pricing is based on sleeping in a single lower bunk with one other person sharing the bunk room.

Twin share is based on two people sharing a double room in a cabin  or a double bedroom in a house. There is a door that can be closed to provide privacy.

Single (the most expensive rate) is based on one person in a double room. There is a door that can be closed to provide privacy.

All cabins have a bedroom with a door. Due to limited availability of accommodations, singles and twins may still be expected to share the cabin (but not the bedroom) with one or two other hikers, who will occupy the bunk beds.

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.

There is only one meal included in the cost of the trip, that is a BBQ dinner at Minnie Waters on day 3. Please advise us well in advance if you have any dietary requirements.

These are the arrangements for the rest of the trip:

After arrival at Yamba, there will be time to do shopping at Coles for breakfast, morning tea and lunch needs for the hike. The small shops at Brooms Head, Minnie Waters and Yamba cannot be relied on to buy what you need. Due to Covid 19, they are also operating on shorter hours. 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. At Yamba and Brooms Head there are cafes for breakfast.

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 required. A BBQ dinner is included at Minnie Water. Please let us know in good time if you have dietary requirements.

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 6 hikers booked for the trip, then the tour will not proceed.

  • Small backpack with waterproof cover
  • One bag for luggage transfer
  • Shirts, pants, shorts, underwear, socks
  • Hiking shoes and comfy shoes/thongs/sandals for at the accommodation
  • Hiking Pole(s)
  • Hat
  • Water bottles / bladder
  • Rainproof jacket
  • Swimsuit and micro towel
  • 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 Sancrox (near Port Macquarie) at 10.30am on Day 1, or meet at Red Rock Store on the Corindi River (Lawson St) at 1.30pm. You can leave your car at Sancrox or near the store at Red Rock and take our commuter bus to Yamba for our first night’s accommodation.

Please note that social distancing will not be possible on the commuter bus from Sancrox or Red Rock to Yamba, and on the river crossings. At all other times we will follow the directives of the NSW Government in relation to Covid 19. We provide hand sanitiser and face masks on the bus.

At Red Rock, where your cars are parked, at about 3.30pm on Day 5. For those parked at Sancrox, we will arrive at around 5.30pm.

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            [post_content] => Yuraygir Coastal Walk has been featured in a number of walking magazines with emphasis on the opportunity to explore long stretches of unspoiled NSW coastline and, considering the rapid encroachment of developments in its many forms on natural environments everywhere, we are so lucky that this area has been preserved. Pam Dawes' invitation to join her on a supported walk was too good to pass up: guides, bag transport, estuary crossings and a comfortable bed. Pam, a keen walker and environmental champion, was part of my Tour du Mont Blanc group in August 2017. TMB was a truly great walk with very like-minded people so I didn't think too long about the offer to join Pam for the Yuraygir Coastal Walk:



 

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 ) )