Urunga, boardwalk, coffee, cafés and lagoon

Urunga township . . . .

Urunga village straddles the Pacific Highway halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, but the commercial area is nestled on the eastern side with the Bellinger and Kalang Rivers entering the sea as its backdrop. Regarded by some as an “undiscovered”, Urunga provides for most needs, including coffee shops, restaurants, provisions for do-it-yourself picnics or dinners, newsagent and lots of friendly people.

The Urunga Visitor Information Centre on the Pacific Highway, adjacent the Kalang River bridge, has a wealth of information about the area and helpful staff can direct you to the boardwalk, beaches, the rainforest centre at Dorrigo, or events or anything else you may be looking to experience.

From the township there is an easy walk to the beginning of the Boardwalk - takes you to the entrance where the Kalang and Bellinger Rivers enter the Pacific Ocean.  The Boardwalk is over 1 km of elevated walkway bordering the mangroves and crystal clear tidal waters of the Urunga Lagoon, complete with informative signs that provide a glimpse into the secret lives of flora and fauna that populate the lagoon. 

The Boardwalk extends from the playground and safe swimming area to Urunga Heads. The Boardwalk provides easy access to the southern training wall for fishing in the Kalang and Bellinger rivers.

A short inland drive on the Waterfall Way brings you to the artistic and cultural ambience of Bellingen. Continue the fantastic drive along the Waterfall Way to find Dorrigo, Ebor and Armidale.

Just down the coast is the township of Nambucca Heads which provides more great beaches, a range of cafe's and restaurants and a main street that hosts events like the annual Hot-rod Rally and the VW Spectacular.

Beaches and fresh air abound . . . .

 Aquarelle and the Urunga area is ideal for those who love bird watching, bush walking and several of Australia's most magnificent beaches just a few minutes down the local by-road that takes you to Hungry Head and Wenonah Head.

Schnapper Beach is the local haunt with access from Hungry Head or Wenonah Head.  Wenonah Head is the location where the local fishing club launch their tinnies for the (early) Sunday morning club activities.  Schnapper Beach and the ocean beach to the South are venues for all types of fishing, both being accessible to vehicles.  The southern beach goes all the way to Valla Beach and Nambucca Heads so there is ample room for that invigorating jog or just a quiet stroll to commune with osprey, seagulls, terns and many others.

Hungry Head beach is only a few minutes drive from Aquarelle, and is patrolled during school holidays. Borrow our boogie boards and play in the water . . .

Nearby townships . . . .

North of Urunga lies the sleepy villages of Mylestom and Raleigh adjacent the Bongil Bongil National Park. This park provides short walks or push bike rides within littoral rainforest. Some walks are located directly behind the coastal sand dunes and display an array of local birds and animals.

Whatever time of year you choose to visit the coastal villages of Urunga, Mylestom or Repton, you can always hire a canoe, a pedal boat or a “tinny” to explore the waterways. Fishing tackle and bait (and licences) are available locally so you can test those fishing skills in protected waterways or on open Pacific beaches.

Just twenty minutes north at Coffs Harbour you can join a whale-watching cruise to see and hear the giant mammals up close. Other boats will take you deep-sea fishing, snorkeling or diving in the Solitary Islands Marine Park, where warm tropical waters and cooler southern waters intermingle to provide a unique protected marine habitat.

Relax with a coffee and cake . . . .

For the all important lunch, dinner or just coffee, Urunga has a range of eating places for each occasion that all offer good quality value for money eating., as well as the ubiquitious bowling and golf clubs.

The Boardwalk Café, 31-33 Bowra Street Boardwalk Café
Ocean View Hotel Café, 15 Morgo Street Ocean View Hotel Café
Anchors Wharf Restaurant/Café, 6 Bellingen Street Anchors Wharf family restaurant
Embassy Café ,13 Bonville Street Moody Food Café

Alternative cafes and restaurants abound in Bellingen, Nambucca Heads, Valla Beach and Coffs Harbour.

Urunga events . . . .

Urunga is host to a number of events throughout the year.  Aquarelle guests can enjoy the easy access to these and the variety of entertainment provided in Bellingen , Nambucca Heads, Dorrigo and Coffs Harbour.

  • Carols Urunga, on the last Saturday before Christmas, presents Carols by Candlelight, with carols and fire works on the banks of the Bellinger/Kalang river. Check the web site for the actual date each year.
  • Toast Urunga, on the Sunday of the Father's Day weekend in September is an annual festival celebrating local wines and foods. Toast Urunga brings together the local community, business and skilled providores to make a perfect day in the park on the banks of the Kalang river.