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Why You Need To Visit Urunga Before Everyone Else Does | Australia

Urunga is a little hidden gem located about 6 hours north of Sydney, New South Wales (NSW). Many travellers – including myself – often bypass this charming town when driving up the Coffs Coast region, opting for the more well known and popular Coffs Harbour – home to Australia’s The Big Banana.

The Big Banana, Coffs Harbour NSW

The Big Banana, Coffs Harbour NSW

With the north coast Pacific Highway undergoing an obscene dollar amount upgrade, it won’t be long until Urunga (pronounced you-rung-gah) will be on the popular tourist trail. I must admit, I’d never heard of the area until we started researching for alternative accommodations a couple of weeks ago. Coffs Harbour proved to be slightly expensive and we wanted to stay somewhere away from the busy tourist centre. (Tip: Best time to visit is after the school holidays late January to early February).

Sitting on the boardwalk at the Urunga Footbridge

Sitting on the boardwalk at the Urunga Footbridge

Urunga’s main attraction is its quiet and relaxed atmosphere, almost secluded beaches and fantastic year-round climate. If you’re into hiking and exploring unspoilt natural parks and reserves, this region will also be your haven. The Dorrigo Plateau, Bellingen and Coffs Harbour are all within minutes drive where you can visit:

Urunga Boardwalk

Raleigh Vineyard

Dorrigo World Heritage National Park

Skywalk at the Dorrigo National Rainforest

Bellingen Lookout Walk

Bellingen Jazz and Blues Festival (August)

Bellinger River National Park

Waterfall Way

Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve (Giidany Miirlarl)

Forest Sky Pier / Sealy Lookout / Bruxner Park Flora Reserve

As we only had a couple of days in the region, we were only able to visit the local town, Urunga Boardwalk/Footbridge, Muttonbird Island, Forest Sky Pier, Coffs Harbour Marina and Jetty. Despite the area being known for its generally attractive climate, we got rained on just as we reached the top of Muttonbird Island and also at the breakwater bridge directly across.

Forest Sky Pier / Sealy Lookout / Bruxner Park Flora Reserve

Forest Sky Pier / Sealy Lookout / Bruxner Park Flora Reserve

Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve, Coffs Harbour

Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve, Coffs Harbour – Learn about where the migratory wedge-tailed shearwater nests, as well as the significance of the Aboriginal place and the stories of the Dreaming.

Already planning on road trip #2 with focus on more hiking and bushwalks. There are so many things to do up and down the northern tablelands including Byron Bay, Tweed Heads, Lennox Head, Ballina, YambaManning ValleyPort MacquariePort Stephens…and this is just a small fraction! I will link separate posts for some of these places once it’s up on the blog.

We stayed at the Kabana Luxury Accommodation at Urunga, a listing we found via The Kabana is run by John and Vicki Moore who are such accommodating and lovely hosts. Make sure you grab them for some vino and ask them to share their travel stories. You might just get an awesome itinerary idea out of it. Contact John and Vicki here. Also register here to claim some AirBNB travel points – on us!

Planning a road trip to the NSW north coast?

Here are other useful links to help you plan your next road trip in the northern tablelands of NSW:

Dorrigo Tourism Business and Community

Bellingen Online

Visit NSW – Urunga

Coffs Coast


  1. martin says

    lived in both newcastle and sydney and never even heard of this place until seeing the post today. Thanks Ailene

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  2. Pingback: 15 Reasons To Fall In Love With Byron Bay, Lennox Head & Ballina | Australia | INCURABLE WANDERLUST

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