Urunga is a tiny village situated on the north coast half way between Brisbane and Sydney in New South Wales, Australia. The name for Urunga, long or white beach, is taken from the Aboriginal language. This enjoyable town between the Kalang and Bellinger Rivers is an ideal spot for hikes along the shores, for surfing and fishing for bream, for sports such as bowls and golf, and just for enjoying the beach.
Urunga is a vacation place that has been sidestepped by the modern commercial activity of the area around it. It has become a desired location for retirement. Of the 2000 people who live there, it is estimated that over 60% of the people have moved to the city to retire.
Urunga was first populated by the Aboriginal people and then settled by the Europeans close to 1840 when William Miles came into the Bellinger area and saw the cedar trees as a source for the lumber industry. The farmers then planted the soil and raised dairy cattle. In the 1860s a pilot station was built to guide the sailing ships up the river.
Urunga is easily reached by train or by those traveling on the Pacific Highway.
Visitors to Urunga will find the history of the area displayed at the Urunga Library located on Bonville Street and at the Bellinger Valley Historical Museum. The history of the Aboriginal village is presented at the Bicentennial exhibit at the library. Other local history is depicted at the museum situated in the Literary Institute constructed in 1896. The museum in on Morgo Road.
One highlight is the tombstone of James Thrower whose inscription states “’Sacred to the memory of Mr. James Thrower late master of the cutter Comet of Sydney who suddenly departed this life in a boat while engaged in sounding the bar of the Bellinger River. His vessel laying at anchor June 4th 1846.”
Another site in town is the view of the coast and unique sculptures of pelicans at an old cottage on the boardwalk on Morgo Street. Tourists can reach the view by walking up a small path along Mongo Street leading to a park that provides views of Urunga Head.
Other places to stop are the hotel built in 1927 that includes a renovated pub which over looks the sea. Cruise on the Bellinger and Kalang Rivers. Visit a business south of Urunga that allows visitors to view the processing of honey and to buy honey products.
Food and Wine
Contact Details: Anchors Wharf Cafe 4-6 Bellingen Street Urunga, NSW 2455 Website: www.anchorswharf.com