Have a Cuppa with Clarence

Members of the Iluka History Group with NPWS Ferry Crossing Signage at Iluka. Image: Contributed.

Parks and history combine

The Iluka History Group and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) have joined forces to promote one of Iluka’s iconic settlement points.

The Old Ferry Crossing at the north end of Marandowie Drive, commonly known as ‘pensioners corner’, has had its appearance upgraded with the installation of a new interpretive history sign.

Iluka History Group has already placed six signs along the bayside walk, with this latest one designed, installed and paid for by NPWS. Iluka History Group worked with NPWS to provide the information, photos and fact checking.

It is an important part of Iluka’s story. Before there was a bridge over the Esk River in the mid-sixties people would have to catch three different ferries from the southern side of the Clarence River. A map is part of the sign and shows the different routes via Chatsworth and Goodwood Islands.

The sign is located between both the historical ferry crossing and the ferryman’s hut, both of which are pictured. Other special moments of the site’s history pictured include when a bus got stuck on the ferry and almost caused a disaster.

Come down for a picnic, fish or walk into the past, to see what you could get for a penny spent. Pop into the Museum for more info.

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