Urunga, where the ‘mountains meet the sea’.
The name is indigenous, meaning “long white sands”.
Bellingen is just a 10 min drive from here toward the mountains and is a magic little historic town with an alternative feel and population. It’s diversity is welcoming. Here’s my wrap-up & photos of the region.
I have lived on the Coffs Coast for seven years now and enjoy the beach side living. I reside in the small beachside township of Urunga just off the old Pac Hwy = (Giinigay Way), recently bypassed.
Urunga’s population varies being a tourist destination, and is more ‘family’ and elderly orientated. There is the pub for entertainment, The Ocean View Hotel is a stunning old historic pub with a “local” feel to it, managers Katrina & Graeme have some great live entertainment weekly..
The Bowlo, Golf Club and don’t forget award winning Anchors Wharf Cafe for the best seafood in style…
Urunga is not as diverse as Bellingen. I always thought Urunga would make a great “cafe precinct”, lo and behold, there is now another Restaurant on Bonville St, also well appointed, opened Dec 2013. Embers Wood Fired Pizza Pasta
In the past few years there has been a lot of construction going on. We have a new Medical Centre, Bowling Club, Restaurants and cafes, including Vinnies and other businesses, the town is taking a new shape, in general Urunga is thriving. We have unfortunately seen the closure of the local hardware. After some re-furbishment, the old hardware is now a Wood Fired Pizza and Pasta Restaurant… you MUST eat here…Yum! Some great new owners of the Newsagency, town is looking good.
The local Chamber of Commerce has the community in mind with several events drawing thousands to the town. Father’s & Mothers’s Day Picnic in the Park, Carols Urunga, in December, Sculptures in the Park and more events can be found on the Urunga Mylestom Chamber of Commerce website.
The Boardwalk is a real feature I reckon, it brings the town to the beach, and is a great spot to view sea life and birds. The complete project of the boardwalk was completed in the past few years and now goes all the way to the ocean, the colors seen at sunset /sunrise are spectacular!
The photo (above) is Hungry Head headland over looking the beach, this is where the Surf Life Saving Club is.
A beautiful looking town with Historic buildings, it has an diverse community including families, alternate lifestylers, trendy, hippies, greenies, cultural, gay & lesbian, etc.
Nestled in the hills beneath Dorrigo you will find, massage therapies, healing, yoga, landcare, festivals, markets, solar services …. Bello is a must see on your travel itinerary, eat at Chilli Affair for a awesome Indian or Asian meal to tantalize your taste buds. You will LOVE Bellingen
CutzBothWays Hair Salon – Urunga’s Best Hair n Beauty www.cutzbothways.com
Mick’s Garden – Michael Harry
Stitches in Style – 6655 5363 – Embroidery Service
Hickeys Garage – Fuel & Discount Tyres
Anchors Wharf Cafe www.anchorswharf.com.au
Embers Wood Fired Pizza Pasta – Embers Website
Boardwalk Cafe – NEW Owners March 2015
SPAR – Food Supermarket
Club Urunga – 6655 6258 – Bowling Club
The Kabana – 6655 6582 – Luxury Accommodation . Gay Friendly
Caroline Sharkey Textile Artist www.textileartworkshopsonline.com