Head to the hinterland to explore the orara valley tourist trail. for a relaxed nature adventure with short bush walks, lush green countryside with quaint villages and friendly locals.
From the highway heading north, take the scenic drive up Bruxner Park Road to Sealy Lookout and walk out on the Forest Sky Pier for some magnificent views. The 21 metre pier gives a birds eye view of the Coffs Harbour foreshores, marina, Solitary Island Marine Park and the coastline further south.
Nature and Cultural Walking Trail
The eco-tourism accredited Bruxner Park Flora Reserve offers plenty of open space for a picnic. It is also home to several walking track including the popular Rainforest loop and Gumgali walking Track. The Gumgali track is a 400m scenic trail that follows the Gumbayggirr dreaming story of the black goanna, with murals and sculptures that are surrounded by stunning coastal views.
Join a Giingan Gumbaynggirr Cultural Experience, learning the rich culture of the local Gumbaynggirr people shared with dance, food and stories (bookings essential). Enjoy the walk along Gumgali Track and discover the hidden goannas and indigenous artwork.
Recharge with a locally roasted coffee and homemade treat with a unique native indigenous flavour from the Nyanggan Gapi Cafe amongst the natural forest habitat. Finish your exploration of the Orara East State Forest by stopping at the Vincent Tree. This is one of NSW’s tallest timbers and great for a insta worthy photo before jumping back in the car and heading onto Bucca Rd.
Rolling green pastures
Further west passing through the historical town of Coramba on your way to Nana Glen for lunch at the winery. The changing country views include plenty of blueberry and dairy farms with some offering their produce at roadside stalls along the Orara Valley Way.
Visit the Two Tails Winery and Velvets Restaurant for a unique dining experience of modern Spanish tapas menu made with locally produced fresh ingredients while sampling their delightful boutique wines.