Woodburn, Broadwater, Wardell and Coraki
If you are travelling to or visiting Woodburn or Coraki, our Summerland NSW website will provide you with information on:
- where to stay around Woodburn, Broadwater, Wardell and Coraki
- where you can eat and dine around Woodburn, Broadwater, Wardell and Coraki and
- what to do around Woodburn, Broadwater, Wardell and Coraki.
Woodburn is a delightful and peaceful town situated next to the Richmond River. The town is well known to regular travellers on the Pacific Highway as a junction town, with roads leading from Woodburn to Evans Head, Broadwater and Ballina to the east, Coraki and Casino to the west and Lismore and Alstonville to the north.
Climate is warm to very hot conditions in summer and mild to cool conditions in winter.
The river has always been an important part of life in Woodburn. It is an excellent focal point for recreational water sport activities including rowing, sailing, swimming, fishing and water skiing.
The riverside beach, park and picnic facilities provide the perfect spot to relax for an hour or a day while the nearby Bundjalung and Broadwater National Parks are just a short drive away.
Woodburn has continued to be an important river port. However, as the importance of transportation along the Richmond River has declined, the town has become less important. Today it survives more because it is on the Pacific Highway and therefore is a stopover for travellers making their way from Sydney to Queensland.
Coraki is situated at the junction of the Richmond and Wilson Rivers – hence the Indigenous name for 'meeting of the waters', Coraki lies to the west of Pacific Highway and south west of Ballina. The major access road from the Pacific Highway is from Woodburn, which is 18km from Coraki, and connects Coraki with Casino, 31km further inland.
NO doubt because Coraki is positioned away from the highway, it has retained much of its historic atmosphere with many of its old buildings, hotels and homes still standing, and it has also remained the home of many descendants of its original Aboriginal people.
Coraki, the Tea Tree capital of the region is centrally located to inland centres, national parks and beaches. The quiet charm and genuine hospitality of the locals is a welcome bonus. Boating and water sports abound and there is even a 9 hole golf course that would stand the test of the most demanding of golfers.
The Coraki Art Festival is an event proudly hosted by the township each October.