Illaroo – Funny name, stunning camp

As we headed South, we weren’t really sure where we were going to go, but we finally decided upon the Illaroo Campground which is in the Yuraygir National Park. Situated about 1km from Minnie Water (a small coastal village which consists of a general store and a Surf Livesaving clubhouse), Illaroo is one of the most beautiful places we have stayed. Although the days of staying for free in National Parks in NSW are long gone, our $24 a night fee was considerably lessened due to having kids under 5 years old. If we hadn’t, we’d be looking at $36 a night which puts it up in the same price bracket as caravan parks, but without the amenities.

Cost notwithstanding, the Illaroo Campground proved to be worth every penny.  It is simply stunning. We were able to back the van right up to the beach which gave us awesome seaviews and a beautiful breeze.img_4724There were quite a few other people around with about 7 or 8 other caravans and motorhomes and a heap of campers in tents and camper trailers. Many people we spoke with had been returning here for years and you could see why!

The girls loved the beach and we spent a lot of our time walking and playing in the sand.img_4704
Miss B was showed us the yoga she used to do at Child Care!  Who knew??picmonkey-collage

The sunrises during my morning walk were sensational!img_4713

And the Kookaburras were everywhere to sing in the morning…img_4719

There were two beautiful goannas that plodded around the campground, right up to your caravan. This pic was taken just from our window!img_4670

And of course a beach camp wouldn’t be complete without a beach fishing session. Corey managed to catch bream and a whiting and he was as proud as punch. #justlikesimon img_4679

And with no phone reception, we had no choice but to relax! The four days spent here have been awesome and we’re looking forward to coming back here again one day.  Next stop? We’re heading down to South West Rocks which apparently, is just as nice! Here’s hoping!

Have you ever heard of Minnie Water? Which style of camping do you prefer, caravan park or low-key bush camping?


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