|Etymology||Aboriginal: derived from Urara meaning "where the perch live"|
|State||New South Wales|
|IBRA||NSW North Coast|
|local government area||Clarence Valley|
|Source||Dorrigo Plateau, Great Dividing Range|
|⁃ location||east of Dorrigo and west of Boambee|
|⁃ elevation||200 m (660 ft)|
|Mouth||confluence with Clarence River|
|southeast of Copmanhurst|
|5 m (16 ft)|
|Length||156 km (97 mi)|
|River system||Clarence River catchment|
|⁃ left||Urumbilum River, Nana Creek, Tallawudjah Creek, Coldwater Creek (New South Wales), Kangaroo River, Chambigne Creek|
|National park||Dorrigo National Park|
Course and features
Orara River rises on the eastern slopes of the Dorrigo Plateau, Great Dividing Range, east of Dorrigo and west of Boambee, and flows in a meandering course generally north east north and north-west, joined by six tributaries including Urumbilum River and Kangaroo River, before reaching its confluence with the Clarence River, southeast of Copmanhurst. The river descends 195 metres (640 ft) over its 156 kilometres (97 mi) course; and flows through the Dorrigo National Park in its upper reaches.
In recent years, the river has suffered from overuse, particularly due to irrigation projects and the river's use as the major source of water for the city of Coffs Harbour. This has led to siltation in the river, and the virtual decimation of the river's freshwater fish stocks.
The name of the river is believed to be derived from Urara, an Aboriginal phrase meaning "where the perch live".