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Urunga Lagoon and Boardwalk

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by Meg Forbes (subscribe)
Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane. https://www.instagram.com/megforbesphotography/
Published June 4th 2020
A perfect day out on the stunning Coffs Coast
Urunga Lagoon and Boardwalk on the Coffs Coast, about 30 minutes drive south of Coffs Harbour, provides a stunning location for swimming, fishing, walking, bird watching, and marine wildlife spotting.

Urunga Boardwalk along the beautiful Urunga Lagoon
Urunga Boardwalk along the beautiful Urunga Lagoon


Urunga Lagoon is tidal, and visitors who wish to swim can check the local tides here when planning their trip.

While low tides are beautiful here, high tides are better for swimming
While low tides are beautiful here, high tides are better for swimming


New platforms were installed within the lagoon in 2019, adding to the fun for swimmers. At high tide, the water here is very deep, and many people jump from the jetty as well. However, it is worth keeping in mind that there are no lifeguards at Urunga Lagoon, and the depth can vary as the tide moves sand along the bottom.

Just when it seemed Urunga Lagoon couldn't get any better - they installed platforms in the swimming area!
Just when it seemed Urunga Lagoon couldn't get any better - they installed platforms in the swimming area!


The boardwalk which runs along Urunga Lagoon and the banks of the Kalang River, all the way to its junction with the Bellinger River, is 1Km in length and emerges at an unpatrolled surf beach that allows off-leash dogs. The boardwalk itself gives amazing views of the rivers, the ocean, and the creatures within them through the stunningly clear water.

Stunning views from the boardwalk of the Kalang and Bellinger Rivers
Visitors are treated with stunning views of the Kalang and Bellinger Rivers from the boardwalk


There are also areas of mangroves, and eastern grey kangaroos are frequently seen on the mudflats towards the surf beach.

The 1Km Urunga Boardwalk passes a variety of habitat on its way to the distant surf beach
The 1Km Urunga Boardwalk passes a variety of habitat on its way to the distant surf beach


Heading back, the boardwalk provides views of the World Heritage Gondwana rainforests of the Coffs Coast Hinterland. Dolphins are also frequently seen from the boardwalk as they enter and leave the Bellinger River.

Heading home, visitors are greeted by views of the Coffs Coast Hinterland World Heritage rainforests
Heading home, visitors are greeted by views of the Coffs Coast Hinterland World Heritage rainforests


The entire boardwalk is wheelchair friendly and there are numerous benches installed along it. There are also interpretive signs that explore the heritage and some of the wildlife that lives around the boardwalk.

Urunga Boardwalk is well-maintained and signed
Urunga Boardwalk is well-maintained, has interesting signage installed, and is wheelchair friendly


Urunga Lagoon and the entrance to the boardwalk are accessed from the short footpath at the end of Morgo St, Urunga. There is a carpark here, and a public amenities block with showers that is convenient for changing before and after swimming. There are also picnic tables, and rubbish and recycling bins along the lagoon's foreshore. The beauty of Urunga Lagoon, and the facilities installed there, make it a perfect destination for a great day out.

Perfect days out at Urunga Lagoon and Boardwalk
Perfect days out at Urunga Lagoon and Boardwalk
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Why? Urunga Lagoon offers superb swimming, while the boardwalk treats visitors to beautiful views
When: Anytime (high tide for swimming)
Phone: 02 6648 4990
Where: Urunga on the Coffs Coast, New South Wales
Cost: Free
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Thanks Meg. It's on my to do list for when I can next visit Coffs.
by May Cross (score: 3|6709) 32 days ago
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