Urunga, picture-postcard resort on the mid-north NSW coast, a place originally opened up (literally) by cedar cutters, is not only graced with the obligatory beaches, rocky ocean shores and a sheltered estuary, but it also boasts Australia's most easterly vineyard and a raceway.
Situated on the mouth of the Bellinger River just 32km south of Coffs Harbour, it offers just about everything you'd want in a small seaside resort - surf beaches that are patrolled in the summer months, safe river swimming for children, picnic reserves, good fishing, boating and water-skiing.
Inland, about 13km from Urunga, in the delightful Bellinger Valley, nestles the picturesque town of Bellingen. This was originally cedar and rosewood country, most of which has long since been felled by loggers. The industry, at its peak, hauled an estimated 700,000m of timber out of the valley every year.
Today, pleasant Bellingen has a certain post-Hippie feel about it, with some terrific little arts and crafts shops and a couple of above average eateries and watering holes.