Recently we went north for a quick visit to see family in Iluka, a tiny fishing village which sits at the mouth of the Clarence River, about an hour south of Byron Bay.
Somehow the skyscrapers and beachside resorts of the north coast missed this little place. And I’m so glad they did.
Surrounded by world heritage rainforest, the Pacific ocean and the Clarence river, Iluka seems to have but one setting: slow.
If you’re up for a dose of serious slow, I rekon Iluka should be a contender.
At least 3/4 of the town seems to be unoccupied holiday rentals (at least in Winter) and I think the other 1/4 of Iluka had gone fishing.
The fishing co-op at the wharf is great (fresh whiting fillets!), and the one and only laneway cafe is pretty darn fine too.
In between those resources, together with all the back lane fruit and a fishing rod, I think you’d be right for a week…
Sounds like a perfect place to live.
beautiful impressions. thanks for sharing!
Just my cup of tea.
I have been checking the Iluka properties on realestate.com
Heavenly. I love how small towns don’t need fancy names for their business, they just declare what they do e.g. upholsterer, bait & tackle etc. There’s a certain clarity to life in a sleepy town.
Thanks for this. I grew up on the far north coast and this reminds me of my earliest memories of the place, before the developers moved in, when summer holidays stretched on forever and we kids had free range to explore the coast and the river.
Yep you can feel the ghosts of summer holidays past there, for sure.
My home town! Grew up in Iluka, my parents are still there, I know live on south coast, but north will always be where my heart goes back too. Love this post! You’ve made my humble little hometown look great!