Iluka is a small town located on the opposite side of the Clarence River mouth and just a stone throw from Yamba. The stark difference between the two resorts is surprising. Iluka is certainly the poor cousin resort centre. Iluka has most services but are limited. Iluka also has nice ocean beaches and other recreational options.
It has long beaches on the ocean side of the river. It is reached by turning off the Pacific Highway approximately 20 kilometres north of Maclean. As Iluka is a popular tourist destination its population increases slightly in the holiday season with many Gold Coasters in the summer and Victorians in the winter.
Iluka also has a world heritage listed littoral rainforest. It is one of the last remaining littoral rainforests in the Southern Hemisphere. It contains many different plant species ranging from coastal dune species to tropical rainforest species. The Iluka rainforest has a vast range of native animal species ranging from wallabies and kangaroos to wombats and echidnas. Iluka is famous for the extremely rare coastal emu.
Iluka contains two clubs and a pub: Iluka Bowling Club, Iluka Golf Club and Sedgers Reef Hotel. The bowling club has three bowling greens and a Chinese restaurant. Sedgers Reef Hotel is located on the water at Iluka Bay.
Iluka proved to be a disappointment, but the traveler may just wish to check out the National Park, or just to see Yamba from the other side of the Clarence River.