Urunga, New South Wales

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New South Wales
Urunga is located in New South Wales
Coordinates 30°30′0″S 153°01′0″E / 30.50000°S 153.01667°E / -30.50000; 153.01667Coordinates: 30°30′0″S 153°01′0″E / 30.50000°S 153.01667°E / -30.50000; 153.01667
Population 3,000 (2016 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2455
LGA(s) Bellingen Shire
State electorate(s) Oxley
Federal Division(s) Cowper

Urunga is a small town on in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in Bellingen Shire. It is famous for its surf spots (reefs, beaches and mouth of two rivers). At the 2011 census, Urunga had a population of 3,020.[2] The town is south of Coffs Harbour and Sawtell and north of Nambucca Heads. The place name, Urunga (pronounced Oo-run-ga), is derived from the Gumbaynggir word Yurūnga (pronounced Yu-roon-ga), which is derived from the word for long yurūn [3] in reference to "long white sands".[4]


There are two main streets, and both a bowling club and a golf club. A weekly 6-a-side soccer competition is held on Thursdays at the Oval on Morgo Street, colloquially known as the Cabbage Patch or simply 'The Patch'.[citation needed]


Urunga is a fishing ground, with bream being the main sport fish.[citation needed] The Urunga boardwalk, leading over the tidal Urunga Lagoon then out to the beach, was rebuilt in 1988 and extended in 1991. The full boardwalk was completed in 2007. In November 2010, a further section of boardwalk was completed. This extension finishes at the mouth of the river and has taken the length of the boardwalk to almost 1 kilometre. Hungry Head, 4 km to the south is the only patrolled beach in Urunga.[citation needed]


Urunga celebrates with a small annual festival called "Toast Urunga" in September.[5]



Urunga railway station opened on the North Coast line in 1923 and continues to be served by country passenger trains.[6]



  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Urunga (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 February 2018.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Urunga (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 November 2014.  Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ Eades, D. 'Gumbayngir' Handbook of Australian Languages Volume 1, 1979
  4. ^ "Urunga". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Toast Urunga
  6. ^ Urunga station. NSWrail.net, accessed 26 August 2009.

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