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Coramba Nature Reserve

“I love the tranquillity of this reserve. Coming here feels like stepping into another world.”

Coramba Nature Reserve was created in 1982 to preserve and protect one of the few remaining stands of subtropical lowland rainforest that lies along the Orara River. Today, visitors can walk through this remnant of native vegetation, amongst the towering old-growth trees, under a closed canopy forest that has been successfully brought back to life through a rainforest regeneration project.

Walking along the river, you’ll see a lot of interesting plant life, including white booyong, pepperberry, giant stinging trees and ficus species. In the wetter months, the colours of the funghi are exquisite, with their hues of vivid pink, yellow, white and orange.

There’s no shortage of interesting wildlife here either. You’re likely to hear giant barred frogs on hot summer nights or spot yellow-bellied gliders and long-nosed potoroos any day of the year. There’s also plenty to excite those interested in birdwatching, including wompoo and rose-crowned fruit doves, figbirds, noisy pittas, brown cuckoo doves and white-headed pigeons.

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Why you should visit

Coramba Nature Reserve is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

Aboriginal cultural heritage
The reserve’s name is taken from the name of the nearby town of Coramba, which is in turn derived from the local Aboriginal Gumbaynggirr name for mountain. The land has once served as a fringe dwelling site and meeting place for the Gumbaynggirr people.

Protected rainforest
The reserve, though small, is an important ecological community, as it is one of only a very few remaining stands of lowland rainforest along Orara River and is listed as endangered under the Threatened Species Conservation (TSC) Act. A successful rainforest regeneration program has been carried out to protect the reserve’s natural resources.

Interesting wildlife
The reserve is the only patch of lowland subtropical rainforest in the Clarence Valley that features white booyong, along with other flood-tolerant species, such as pepperberry, giant stinging tree, and one of the best stands of turnip wood in the area.

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Getting there

 Car

From Coffs Harbour:

  • From Coffs Harbour, travel 10km northwest via Coramba Road.

From Coramba:

  • Travel 2.5km north along Orara Way and then turn right into Coramba Nature Reserve

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 Opening times

Coramba Nature Reserve is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather, particularly flood.

 Close to

Coramba Nature Reserve is close to:

  • Coramba (2.5km)
  • Coffs Harbour (10km)

 Public transport

For information about public transport options, visit the NSW country transport info website.

 Bike

Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

Weather and climate

 Visiting through the seasons

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Coramba Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights:

Spring (Sept, Oct, Nov)

  • Take a walk along Orara River and bring your binoculars to spot native birds, such as wompoo fruit doves, rose-crowned fruit doves, figbirds, noisy pitas, brown cuckoo doves and white-headed pigeons.

Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb)

  • Escape the heat with a tranquil stroll through the rainforest down to the river, enjoying cool canopy shade.

Winter (Jun, Jul, Aug)

  • When the weather is wet, the mushrooms are in full bloom in the reserve and you’ll be able to spot some amazingly bright and beautiful colours.

 Temperature

Summer

  • The average temperature ranges between 17°C and 29°C
  • The area's highest recorded temperature in summer is 43.3°C

Winter ­

  • The average temperature ranges between 5°C and 20°C
  • The area’s lowest recorded temperature in winter is -3.2°C

 Rainfall

  • The wettest month on average is March. The driest is August.
  • The area's highest recorded rainfall is 388.2mm in one day

Safety

Coffs Harbour

Phone: 02 6652 0900
Street address: 32 Marina Drive, Coffs Harbour NSW
Opening hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday

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Coramba Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary