Anchors Wharf Restaurant
Anchors Wharf Restaurant

Anchors Wharf Restaurant

I always find it difficult to stay inside and work when it is a gloriously sunny day outside.  Add that I had been given a gorgeous convertible to drive for a few days,  I just had to grab a girlfriend and head out on the highway for a girls lunch.

Gourmet Getaways Convertible Image

Gourmet Getaways Convertible Image

Anchors Wharf at Urunga was our destination, it has a reputation for serving delicious fresh seafood dishes and is located on the water only 25 minutes south of Coffs Harbour.

Gourmet Getaways "Thelma & Louise" Moment

Gourmet Getaways “Thelma & Louise” Moment

There is something very naughty about sneaking away from “the grind” mid week, and being in a convertible meant we felt we needed a “Thelma & Louise” moment!.

Anchors Wharf Signage

Anchors Wharf Signage

I’d like to say we arrived at Anchors Wharf with some of the silliness out of our system but I don’t think that would be exactly true. Nevertheless, we made our way out to the deck so we could sit in the sun and admire the view over the Kalang river.

Anchors Wharf Coffs Coast

Anchors Wharf Coffs Coast

Anchors Wharf has a lovely range of wines on offer.  Considering we were “escaping” the routine of a normal weekday it seemed only natural that we select a wine.

Anchors Wharf Wine Collection

Anchors Wharf Wine Collection

We both like whites from the Marlborough region in New Zealand so we settled on “The Pass” Sauvignon Blanc from Vavasour , Marlborough NZ.  It was a lovely cool, crisp white wine with beautiful fruit flavours and tropical, floral aromas on the nose.  The wine had just the right balance of residual sugars and flinty finish to please us both.

"The Pass" Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc NZ

“The Pass” Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc NZ

When dining on a river it seems “a must” to order oysters. We chose the most elaborate oysters on the menu, they were aptly named Oyster Extravagance. Six larger Bellinger river oysters were topped with prawn, creamy avocado, hollandaise sauce and cheese before being oven baked and served with a large salad. It was such a rich, lush way to enjoy the oysters. They were completely filled with the prawn and avocado and a squeeze of lemon made them some of the most generous and decadent oysters I have experienced.

Oysters Extravagance

Oysters Extravagance

My partner in crime… I wonder if she is going by the name Thelma or Louise??? Anyway, my gorgeous dining companion chose the Thai Prawn Larb, which comes in entree or main size.  The BBQ prawns were deliciously smokey and had been marinated in a spicy mixture before being tossed through the Asian style salad. The dish was full of fresh Thai flavours such as coriander, lime, chili and ginger and had just the right level of heat and crunchiness.

Thai Prawn Larb

Thai Prawn Larb

I chose my dish from the chef specials board.  The fresh King Prawn Salad is served with a crispy, sweet corn fritter and topped with a rocket and avocado salad. It’s then dressed with a tangy citrus vinaigrette and served with a homemade cocktail sauce. I always look forward to summer for these fresh and tasty salads.

King Prawn Salad w Corn Fritter

King Prawn Salad w Corn Fritter

The problem with running away, is that eventually you do have to return to reality… unless you truly are “Thelma & Louise.” So although we were very content to sit and drink wine, watching the world and the water float by, before too long it was time for one last spin in the convertible, and home.
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Anchors Wharf Restaurant

4-6 Bellingen Street, Urunga, NSW 2455

Ph: 02 6655 5588


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  1. I had a convertible once upon a time when we lived in Florida, and it really does beckon for you to come and drive it. 🙂

    Glad you had a fun girls’ lunch!

  2. I particularly liked your “convertible image” haha! Very nice. I think everybody should have mid week getaways even if it’s just for a leisurely lunch. Your lunch looked fabulous, so fresh. I liked the lol of the Larb, yum.


  3. You look FABULOUS in that convertible. It really suits you! 😀

  4. What a fantastic way to sneak off mid week to recharge your batteries. I’d love to go cruising in a convertible for sure!

  5. I’ve had two MX5s and I loved them both. It was great to sneak away for a drive together with the top down. It wasn’t the everyday car, just a toy. I do miss it.

    I think your salads look amazing.

  6. This sounds like the perfect place to go if you have a convertible for a few days and the sun is shining!

  7. Wow! You really know how to get away! Love the carefree feel of an open convertible, soaking in the rays of the sun, sipping wine whilst slurping oysters. Go Julie =)

  8. You look gorgeous in your convertible and what a way to get away! Love the Oyster dish and the way you describe it sure sounds amazing!

  9. It sounds like a perfect day to me! Sunshine, a convertible, good food and a good friend!!!

  10. I love the convertible shot! And what a great spot for lunch. I’m not surprised you ordered seafood – very appropriate for the fabulous setting xx

  11. I want a ride in a convertible! mmmm I can’t wait for more summery salads! yum!

  12. Don’t you just love the sun on your back and the wind in your hair as your driving? I would be willing to drive a long way for these good eats, especially that Thai Shrimp Larb.

  13. Julie, does life get better than sitting by the water drinking NZ Sav Blanc and eating gorgeous seafood? Oh yes, it does if you’ve driven there in a hot convertible! 🙂 Looks like you had a wonderful time! xx

  14. Convertibles are so much fun! Years ago I had an MG, then a decade or so ago a Miata. Fun cars, but not that practical. Sounds like you had a terrific time!

  15. Ahhh, I can just picture the nice warm weather in Urunga, as you and your friend lounged by the seaside. At least you had a much better ending than Thelma and Louise- wasn’t there some sort of murder being committed at the end?

  16. What a stunning location for a restaurant – if only you were Thelma and Louise and could stay forever (with Brad Pitt!)

  17. Yum! That looks a great trip and lunch… now then I am seriously in need of a convertible, I’ve always wanted one and maybe next year I just will get one… just for a year… just cos at 50 it’s be now or never… how do I break this news to my husband??

  18. LOL!!
    The convertible and the seafood were both amazing! Too bad Brad Pitt didn’t come with the car 😉

  19. What a fantastic get away. I love your Thelma & Louise photo =)

  20. Awesome place for a weekend getaway 🙂 I love that pic of you in the convertible!

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