We arrive into the entrance just before high tide at 1130hrs. A long morning after departing Coffs at 0200hrs.
A few hundred meters into the river is a walled mooring area alongside Iluka which we anchor in. Nice easy place. Now we sleep.
Monday morning we pack our bikes into the dinghy and see the sights. We are greeted by a beautiful new jetty for dinghys.
The walking tracks goes along the river up to the caravan park. From there we cycle a street or two inland and find the essential baker, butcher and IGA. Very friendly people. Peter and Catherine ( or was it Christine) have recently bought a home there after 3 years of sailing. They loved the town when they sailed there about 10 years ago and planned to return.
The fish coop and Sedgers Reef pub dominate behind the waterfront parkland. The pub looks more like a stage set. Rustic and still retains its corrugated fibro roof and a patchwork of wooden picnic tables.
The fish coop has a chandlery attached. We buy a deeper meat tub to land the fish. Big enough to be retained in the winch area when the seas are rough.
Then we sample the fish and chips $5.50 meal. Amazing. Juicy tasty fish. It was Luderick or black bream. I’ll be back!