Driving time: Allow 20 mins (or more if you stop to explore)
Highlights: Urunga Boardwalk, beaches, beach 4WDing
Tourist Drive 16 explores the beautiful beaches and seaside village of Urunga. This relatively undiscovered stretch of coastline offers some great opportunities for magnificent views, gentle exploring and even some opportunities for solitude.
Heading north on the Pacific Highway commence the drive at Hungry Head Road and follow the Touring Route 16 signs taking in the following highlights . You will rejoin the Pacific Highway on the northern side of Urunga.
Hungry Head Beach
The ideal place to catch a wave, or take in the magnificent coastal panorama from the viewing platform. Nearby there are great 4WD options. The beach is patrolled during school holidays (September to April) and provides ideal conditions for swimming, surfing and fishing.
Hungry Head Reserve
Enjoy a picturesque rainforest walk or get up close to the resident kangaroos.
Enjoy a 1200 metre boardwalk across the water and mangroves of the river estuary, taking you out across the break wall to the beach. Take in some whale watching from the viewing platform (April – November) or simply take in the amazing surrounds. Entrance to the boardwalk is through the Urunga Heads Holiday Park.
Urunga Park ( Morgo St Reserve)
Take in the fresh salt air of the sea as anglers reel in their catch of the day and families splash in the river or play in the park. Look out for the enormous range of bird life along the waters edge and diversity of fish. To enjoy the waterways hire a boat, kayak or simply go swimming.
Places to eat
While in Urunga grab a bite to eat. Offering a great range of options Urunga boasts some great local eateries including cafes, restaurants, pubs and clubs. The route goes right by Anchors Café. A great venue to relax and enjoy the stunning Kalang River
Other things to do nearby
Mylestom North Beach
With 10 kilometres of golden sandy beach North Beach and Mylestom offer the perfect escape. Enjoy a 4WD along the secluded sands or take a swim or surf. Patrolled during school holiday periods from September through to April, it is a great option for families. The Bellinger River is also a stones throw away which is perfect for fishing, kayaking, waterskiing and sailing.
Discovery Apps are a great way to get to know the local area while visiting. They are a one stop shop where information about tourism products and local services can be found including accommodation, attractions, festivals and events, eateries, tours, shopping, sports facilities, emergency services, parks and barbeque facilities.
Connect with smart phones and tablets (App available for Apple and Android).
Keep an eye out for the orange posts along Touring Route 16. Click on the QR code on the post using your Discovery App and you will unlock information about the sight or attraction.