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.
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.
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.
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.
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.