Urunga is a sleepy coastal village located on the southern Coffs Coast at the confluence of the Bellinger and Kalang rivers. Known for its spectacular elevated boardwalk, the town is a lovely base for discovery of the incredible coastal and river scenery and the amazing diversity of wildlife that inhabits the area.
Walk the walk
Considered one of the best boardwalks on the east coast, the one-kilometre Urunga Boardwalk starts in town, before following the Kalang River to the junction of the Bellinger River and continuing onto the ocean. A shorter diversion crosses the Urunga Wetlands, teeming with birdlife including pelicans, white-faced herons and osprey. The entire length is wheelchair accessible and it is lined with interpretative signage. Along the way, keep a lookout for playful bottlenose dolphins in the estuary.
Continue onto the beach at Hungry Head, a surfing favourite as well as popular with beach fishermen; from the headland, you may spot whales during their migration season from May to November.
For a small town, Urunga offers a host of fun and sporty activities. Play a round of golf at its lovely riverside golf course; try go-karting at Raleigh Raceway; learn about bees and taste honey at The Honey Place: or visit the award-winning Raleigh Wines where you can taste wines on a deck overlooking the Bellinger River or stay in the newly renovated Raleigh House.
The town is also a great base for exploring the Waterfall Way, a scenic driving route via Bellingen and the World Heritage-listed Dorrigo National Park.
Urunga is less than 30min drive south of Coffs Harbour. Qantas has direct flights to Coffs Harbour from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane; while Rex flies daily from Sydney to Coffs Harbour Monday to Friday with select scheduled flights over the weekend. Link Airways operates direct flights between Coffs Harbour and Brisbane six days a week [*NB – flight days may vary].