Crown Lands

Upgrades at Urunga Wetlands


Media release | 2 August 2021

Tourism and recreation will be enhanced at Urunga Wetlands following a $100,000 project by the NSW Government to install picnic facilities and improved disabled access.

The upgrades by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment - Crown Lands include:

  • Installation of a 22-metre wooden access ramp with composite decking connected to the car park to cater for people with a disability;
  • Construction of a 60-metre concrete path which connects with the access ramp and leads to a new sheltered picnic hut;
  • Two additional seating benches to allow visitors to stop, rest and take in the natural serenity of the wetlands and its aquatic birdlife.

Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said transformation of the wetlands was a great example of the community, business and government coming together to restore a prized natural asset.

“The Urunga Wetlands are a unique North Coast location and one of few freshwater wetland environments on this stretch of coastline, so it’s great this project has also made it one of the most publicly accessible,” Mrs Pavey said.

“It means people of all ages and physical mobility can access the wetlands and its viewing areas and also enjoy a relaxing picnic as part of their visit, boosting local recreation and tourism opportunities.”

The Urunga Wetlands has come a long way since it opened in 2017 following a $10 million rehabilitation project to address the impacts of antimony processing that previously occurred in the area.

Today the Urunga Wetlands is a popular community parkland and tourist spot, which has been further enhanced by this latest improvement project.

The upgrade work aligns with the Crown Lands State Strategic Plan, Crown Land 2031, by protecting sensitive environmental assets and encouraging tourism opportunities on Crown land.

Workers completing the new concrete path leading to the picnic area
Workers completing the new concrete path leading to the picnic area