A while ago The Pillion and I took a ride down to Iluka on the North Coast of New South Wales. I thought I’d share some happy snaps with you from that trip.
Iluka lies on the north shore of the Clarence River, about 3 hours south of Brisbane. and about an hour north of Grafton just off the Pacific Highway.
I came here once last century with my mum when was a kid. It hasn’t changed a lot since I then, and is still the same sleepy seaside fishing village.
It’s one of those places that time forgot and only has a population of around 1700 most of the year. The population does swell a little during the holiday season but not as much a Yamba on the southern side of the Clarence.
Yamba is what you’d call a resort town with high-rise accommodation, restaurants, shops and other amenities, while Iluka is nothing like that.
The best part about Yamba is the 45 minute ferry ride back to Iluka where there are very few high-rise unit blocks, no traffic lights, no supermarkets or flash restaurants and only one pub where you can go for a quiet beverage or meal.
The main street does have a row of shops on it where you can grab some takeaway, a newspaper or some trinkets for the relies back home.
If you decide to pay the village a visit be warned though, the stores close at random times, it’s all based on the how the fish are biting and if the surf is up.
I’ve often wondered what it would be like to live in a quiet town like this… you know, I reckon if I tried hard enough, I could get used to it.
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