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Population 2685

Urunga is a sleepy, attractive town at the junction of the Bellinger and Kalang rivers and is regarded by locals as one of the best fishing spots on the north coast. Because it is bypassed by the Pacific Highway, the town has remained relatively untouched by tourism. A large percentage of the population are retirees and there are some beautiful walks around the foreshore.

Visitor Information

Pacific Hwy; (02) 6655 5711


Nearby national parks

  • Dorrigo National Park

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  • Hat Head National Park

    Hat Head National Park, a beautiful stretch of New South Wales' northern coastline, with pristine beaches, rocky headlands and one of...more

  • Yuraygir National Park

    Yuraygir National Park protects the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in New South Wales, a glorious sweep of beaches backed by...more

Nearby towns

  • Bellingen

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  • Nambucca Heads

    Located at the mouth of the Nambucca River, this is a beautiful coastal holiday town. The stunning long white beaches offer perfect...more

  • Coffs Harbour

    Coffs Harbour, a subtropical holiday town on Coffs Coast, is known for its banana plantations (and the iconic Big Banana) and for its great...more

In Town

Oceanview Hotel: refurbished with original furniture. Meals and accommodation are available; Morgo St.

Museum: in historic building with photographs, documents and paintings from the local area; Morgo St.

Anchor's Wharf: riverside restaurant and boat hire.

The Honey Place: huge concrete replica of an old-style straw beehive with glass beehive display, honey-tasting, gallery and gardens; Pacific Hwy.

Watersports and fishing: both on the rivers and beach; brochures from visitor centre.


Bongil Bongil National Park This stunning park is 10 km of unspoilt coastal beaches, pristine estuaries, wetlands, rainforest and magnificent views. The estuaries are perfect for canoeing and birdwatching, with abundant protected birdlife. The beaches provide outstanding fishing, surfing and swimming, as well as important nesting areas for a variety of wading birds and terns. There are signposted bushwalks and scenic picnic spots; (02) 6651 5946; 15 km N.

Hungry Head: beautiful beach for surfing and swimming; 3 km S.

Raleigh: charming town with Prince of Peace Anglican Church (1900), winery, horseriding and a go-kart complex; 4 km N.

Fishing spots near town

Coffs Harbour - Fishing Sub-region 25 km

My introduction to fishing north of Sydney was at Coffs Harbour, an area with a diverse range of options. The first time I fished here I was into land-based game and spent most of my time on the ledges of Mutton Bird... Find out more

South-West Rocks 41 km

When it comes to popularity, there are two types of fishing destinations: those that are hot all the time and those that wax and wane depending on the season. South West Rocks is in the first category. For as long as I... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Cycling around Armidale and Coffs Harbour 24 km

A 5-kilometre bicycle track leads from Harris Park in Armidale to the University of New England. Bikes can be hired from Armidale Bicycle Centre or the University’s Sports Union. The 26-kilometre-return ride from... Find out more

Bush-tucker tasting - Macksville 25 km

Sample some Australian bushfoods at Valley of the Mist near Macksville, a farm dedicated to sustainable methods. You will taste bush fruits, nuts, herbs and condiments and have a tour of the farm. You can also take a... Find out more

Houseboating on the Macleay River 67 km

Although large chugging houseboats can be an environmental no-no, Macleay River Houseboats at Kempsey are small – designed for just two people – use relatively clean four-stroke petrol motors, have... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Bonville Golf Resort 15 km

Bonville is Australia’s most beautiful inland course. Carved from 250 hectares of flooded gums and blackbutt forest, with small pockets of subtropical rainforest, Bonville is often described as Australia’s... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Anchors Wharf Cafe

Anchors Wharf Cafe has a spectacular location on the south bank of the Kalang River. The all-day menu features a huge variety of seafood and steaks, catering for all tastes. In addition to the absolute waterfront dining,... Find out more

Campsites around town

Sawtell Beach Holiday Park 17 km

This well-appointed caravan park is on Lyons Rd, about 8 km south of Coffs Harbour. You’ve got easy access to the beach and a wide range of accommodation options, including powered and unpowered sites, villas and... Find out more

Bindarri camping areas (walk-in and bush camping) 24 km

Walk-in bush camping is possible throughout the park – facilities such as toilets, picnic tables and wood fireplaces are only available at Bindarray and Bangalore picnic areas, so you’ll need to be... Find out more

Bush camping areas 31 km

Self-sufficient campers armed with detailed, up-to-date topographic maps can access a number of good spots throughout the forest, either on foot, horseback or mountain-bike.... Find out more

Trial Bay Gaol camping area 43 km

This is a spectacular camping area on a sheltered surf beach, accessed via Cardwell St in South West Rocks. It’s well appointed, with coin-operated showers, powered and unpowered sites, electric BBQs, a kiosk and... Find out more

Platypus Flat camping area 46 km

Perched on the banks of the Nymboida River, just off Moonpar Forest Dr, Platypus Flat provides tent sites in a grassy clearing beneath blue gums and river oaks, a short walk from your car. There are fabulous swimming... Find out more

Smoky Cape camping area 48 km

To reach this small campground nestled in the rainforest at Smoky Cape, turn on to Arakoon Rd from South West Rocks Rd and head for Smoky Cape Lighthouse. Bring your own firewood and drinking water. There are plenty of... Find out more

Cod Hole picnic and camping area 50 km

This is a popular spot for picnickers and whitewater rafters, located at the end of Cod Hole Rd via Moses Rock Rd, off Moonpar Forest Dr. Take a relaxing dip in the river, launch your kayak or stop in for a picnic midway... Find out more

The Junction camping area 52 km

Take the Black Mountain Rd south from Nymboida, Glenreagh or Lowanna and turn onto Junction Rd, a 1.4 km unsealed road suitable for 4WDs only – unless you’re prepared to walk or paddle in. Once there,... Find out more

Thungutti Rest Area camping area 60 km

The campground at Thungutti is set amid towering eucalypts and snow gums. Cars have to be parked a short distance from the campsites. There are 18 sites; booking is not essential but fees apply. Firewood is supplied, and... Find out more

Park Entrance Rest Area camping area 62 km

For those with caravans, there’s a basic camping site at Styx River, about 2 km outside the park entrance along Point Lookout Rd. Bush camping is also permitted; you must camp at least 500 m from park facilities.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Urunga Heads Holiday Park 1 km

On the river estuary at Urunga, this park is an excellent overnight stop. It is far enough off the highway to be quiet and has an excellent outlook, with a shopping centre nearby. The park is busy in peak periods and... Find out more

Sawtell Beach Holiday Park 16 km

This large, spacious park has a wonderful outlook over the ocean and is just a short walk from Sawtell shopping centre. A pool is just across the road. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay... Find out more

White Albatross Holiday Centre 17 km

This is a quality park in a prime position next to a lagoon and near the mouth of the Nambucca River. It boasts a very good restaurant as well as a range of other features. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Nambucca River Tourist Park 24 km

About 6 km north of Macksville just off the Pacific Highway, this neat, family-owned park is adjacent to the Nambucca River. It is ideal for an overnight stop or a couple of days. Bookings are required in peak periods,... Find out more

Park Beach Holiday Park 26 km

This is a large beachfront council park 4 km from the centre of town and close to the popular jetty precinct. The park boasts a wide range of facilities, including cabins, amenities blocks, a water park and an inground... Find out more

Sapphire Beach Holiday Park 33 km

A lovely, shady beachside park south of Moonee Beach, 9 km north of Coffs Harbour. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas and Easter. Pets are only allowed in the off-peak... Find out more

Moonee Beach Holiday Park 35 km

This popular beachfront caravan park has basic facilities, but does have a tennis court and open grassy sites with views out to sea. Swimming is good, as are the nature walks around the reserve. Bookings are required in... Find out more

Stuarts Point Holiday Park 36 km

This is a nicely located beachside park that is very popular during the holidays. It is a lovely quiet spot out of the peak periods. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas... Find out more

Big4 Emerald Beach Holiday Park 40 km

This is a quality park with comprehensive facilities and excellent amenities. It is located in a picturesque beachside location, with good access to the Pacific Highway. Swimming, surfing and fishing are all popular... Find out more

BIG4 Trial Bay Eco Tourist Park 44 km

This is a very pleasant park located close to the historic Trial Bay Gaol. The owner operators are keen to please and offer a range of quality facilities. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Aquarelle B&B

Surrounded by stunning eucalypt forests and a gorgeous lily-filled lagoon, two double-storey self-contained guesthouses complete with private balconies are available here for a luxurious escape. If you want to venture... Find out more

Maino Gabuna

Maino Gabuna offers delightful bed-and-breakfast or self-catering accommodation five minutes from the beach on 48 hectares of secluded bushland. The large verandah is perfect for enjoying the hearty country breakfasts,... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Lily Pily Country House, Bellingen 14 km

The owners of this stylish B&B have spent seven years revegetating and securing wildlife corridors along the riparian zone here, planting some 4000 trees and 2000 reeds, resulting in an increase in bandicoots,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Gumma Reserve camping area 23 km

T/O at Macksville

Large campground located 7km (partly unsealed) east of the highway via Partridge St, Wills St and Gumma Rd.

Macksville park area 25 km

At Macksville

Just off the highway on the north side of the river.

Paddys rest area 38 km

39km N of Kempsey (L) or 45km S of Urunga (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Woolgoolga rest area 46 km

At Woolgoolga

Just off the highway in the middle of town.

Halfway Creek rest area 63 km

26km N of Woolgoolga (R) or 34km S of Grafton (L)

Large grassed area just off the highway behind the roadhouse.

Bloodwood Ridge rest area 76 km

111km N of Taree (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Glenugie Creek rest area 79 km

45km N of Woolgoolga (L) or 15km S of Grafton (R)

Just off the highway behind a few trees.

Kundabung rest area 80 km

15km S of Kempsey (L)

Just off the highway. For southbound only.

McPhillips Creek rest area 84 km

50km N of Woolgoolga (R) or 10km S of Grafton (L)

Just off the highway behind a few trees.

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