Urunga is where the Bellinger and Kalang Rivers meet to join the Pacific Ocean. A peaceful town on a picturesque coastal strip, Urunga is popular with boaters, picnickers, swimmers and anglers. The village has a relaxed sea-side atmosphere. The historic Ocean View Hotel, established in 1927, overlooks the Kalang and Bellinger Rivers and provides a gorgeous spot to sit and enjoy the ambience of the coast. With the Pacific Highway upgrade now bypassing the town, it is lovelier than ever before and outsiders are quickly realising what locals have known for years: paradise awaits!
Arguably the jewel in Urunga’s already stunning crown, the boardwalk extends from the town “lido” area out to the coast. The walk also follows where the Kalang and Bellinger rivers meet and flow out to sea. The boardwalk offers an opportunity to see some of the extraordinary birdlife and wildlife of this unique coastal region, with dolphins swimming in the rivers a common sight for walkers. Popular with people of all ages, the boardwalk is approximately one kilometre easy walk in each direction, and accessible for most levels of fitness. An additional side extension through the mangroves of the river estuary is equally stunning. The boardwalk to accessed via paved road next to the North Coast Holiday Park.
At the beginning of the boardwalk is the “lido” area of Urunga. Magically family-friendly, the lido provides a sheltered and safe (when supervised!) place for children to swim, with a playground, shelters, barbeques and public toilets also available. With trees providing some shade and an outdoor shower, it is a lovely way to escape the heat on warmer days.
Pedestrian and Cycle Path
A pedestrian and cycle path is slowly being extended from near the Ocean View Hotel out to Hungry Head. A way off completion yet, the available path still offers a pleasant walk or ride through the town and heading south on Hungry Head Road. Due for completion hopefully in 2017/2018.
The Urunga Wetlands walk includes a 450m scenic track around the park and wetlands, and includes a 150m boardwalk that stretches out over the wetland. Its decking has been constructed using recycled plastic waste and is equivalent to nearly 2.5 million plastic bags being diverted from landfill. Discover it for yourself.
1 Hillside Drive, Urunga.
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