Orara Valley

Local Guide: top 5 Orara Valley nature escapes

The Orara Valley never fails to inspire visitors who venture off the beaten track to immerse themselves in nature. We recommend these experiences…

1. Coramba Nature Reserve

Wander through a rare remnant of native forest. Soak up the feeling of being dwarfed by old-growth trees under a closed canopy, protected and preserved through a regeneration project. Listen out for wompoo fruit doves and catch sight of frogs and potoroos along the river. Cool off in the crystal clear swimming hole near Hartley’s Bridge.
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Coramba Nature Reserve – walk through the sub-tropical rainforest

2. National Parks

Explore this hidden gem of Ulidarra and Bindarri National Parks by foot or bring your mountain bike to travel around the vast network of bike trails and walking tracks. Hop in your 4WD and journey to Bindarri where you can watch the waters of the Urumbilum River cascade over the Great Escarpment. There are plenty of swimming holes, walking trails and picnic areas for those who prefer a slow pace.

Bindarri National Park -swimming holes

3. Motorcycle Touring

Experience the beautiful scenery and charming little country villages on this popular motorcycle touring route. Trail bike riders and off roaders will love getting into the region’s diverse terrain, from sandy fast tracks, dense leafy tracks and some gnarly hills.

Orara Valley – touring around the Coffs Coast hinterland

4. Orara East State Forest

Visit the eco-accredited Bruxner Park Flora Reserve to take your pick of several walking tracks through subtropical rainforest. Here you can look for giant strangler figs and listen for the songs of the fruit doves and bower birds. Dogs are allowed if kept on a leach.

Bruxner Park – Pet Friendly Walking Tracks

5. Scenic Drives and PhotoStops

Spend the day meandering through the villages of Karangi, Friday Creek, Coramba, Dairyville, Ulong, Lowanna and Nana Glen. Grab a photo of historical locations, heritage buildings, landscapes, farm animals, flowers and birds. It’s a perfect drive in the countryside and so close to Coffs.

Early Morning – Cows crossing the road at milking time

Buy Local. There is an abundance of local businesses in the area including road side fruit and veg markets, local artists and cafes. Support the local economy and reduce the carbon footprint of any items you buy.