A NSW Top Tourism Town Finalist

Welcome to Nana Glen

Category: population under 5,000 residents.
Voting open from 09:00 Friday 7 May 2021 till 17:00 Friday 14 May 2021 AEST.
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The sun dappled greens of paddocks and trees and the iridescent blue of a cloudless sky

This kept us company during the meandering 20 minute drive, travelling from the beaches of Coffs Harbour to the picturesque Orara Valley. As the open spaces, lush scenery and striking escarpment backdrop rolled by, we arrived at the village of Nana Glen, our home-base for the next two days.

The people of Nana Glen historically made their fortune by logging red cedar, often referred to as ‘red gold’, and actual gold mining before this. Now this township, with its name derived from the local Gumbaynggirr language word for the now extinct two-tailed lizard, thrives with small businesses, agriculture and tourism.We received a warm welcome from our hosts at the delightful All About Me B&B. From our cosy, stylish room we could smell the bread baking for breakfast the next day.

The view across the paddocks and dam, and the comfortable lounge on the verandah, beckoned visitors to “sit, relax and breathe”.Our hinterland adventure was underway… with endless recommendations for things to do, we headed out. Our hosts had mentioned authentic pub food, a winery, waterfalls, villages and townships, historic walks, horse riding, canoeing, bush walking… and great coffee!Having downloaded the Coramba Heritage Walking Trail map from the Coffs Coast website, we marvelled at the gorgeous township, the original centre of local government, and discovered well-preserved buildings stirring with new life.

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A particular favourite was the Artspace on 45 gallery showcasing the work of talented local artists.For lunch it was so difficult to choose! The Coramba Hotel is the quintessential country pub overlooking farming paddocks. While the Coramba General Store’s offerings looked all kinds of home-made tasty. We bought a picnic-style lunch at the store and wandered down to the banks of the Orara River.

On the drive back to Nana Glen, we stopped at the Coramba Nature Reserve, and strolled along the short walk, learning about some of the area’s native plants and trees. Many photos later, we headed back to the B&B before our hosts drove us to the local Two Tails Winery.

Dinner at the winery’s award-winning restaurant was something we’d been eagerly anticipating. Our visit had luckily coincided with Velvet’s Local Producer’s Dinner. We feasted on world-class dishes featuring local produce, met some of the growers, and enjoyed some wonderful paired wines. Thank goodness we had organised a lift!The next morning we drove into Nana Glen for breakfast at the popular Idle In Café.

Alison’s beautiful homemade food, served with big helping of love, made sure this was a place we would recommend to friends.Heading back to the surf and sand of the coast, we stopped to take in the panoramic view from Sealy Lookout and reflected on our hinterland journey.

There are so many things to do, next time we’ll stay longer in Nana Glen and the natural wonderland that is the Orara Valley, and enjoy more picture-perfect vistas and delightfully surprising experiences.

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Voting open from 9:00 AEST, Friday 7 May 2021
to 17:00, Friday 14 May 2021. 

Members of the public may only lodge one vote for one town in each category. Subsequent votes by the same voter will be excluded from consideration.  See full Terms & Conditions

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Four days in Nana Glen!

A unique combination of nature, quaint villages and friendly locals will grow your appetite to discover the hinterlands of the Coffs Coast.

Nana Glen, the Gumbaynggirr word for two-tailed lizard, is the starting point to discover the amazing secrets that the Coffs hinterland hold.

Rolling green pastures, flowing rivers and an amazing backdrop of rocky escarpments hold the treasures of this beautiful part of the Coffs Coast.

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