Just south of Coffs Harbour, the neat and spacious Urunga Heads Holiday Park is right on the water. Our van overlooks the spot where the Kalang River joins the Bellinger River to flow out to sea. There is a long boardwalk running all the way out to the surf beach. It has had many incarnations and was originally built for the pilot station staff to run out to the river mouth to guide the ships in. Sailing ships used to land here to transport the cedar out.
After walking the boardwalk we’ve worked up a thirst so we head to the grand old dame the Ocean View Hotel which is just across the way from our van. That’s correct we’re parked between the river and the pub, what a spot. So good in fact that we book three nights.
It is invigorating walking through the mangroves on the boardwalk at sunup. The ospreys wheel overhead and scare the wits out of the seagulls. You don’t have to scan the sky to find them, just follow the nervous cries of the seagulls.