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Dorrigo National Park

“On a hot day I love to escape for a walk in the lush cool rainforests of Dorrigo National Park.”

Dorrigo National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area offers stunning scenery that has been millions of years in the making. The park contains a range of forest types that protect an enormous variety of animals and birds, like red-necked pademelons, the vibrantly coloured wompoo fruit-dove and the spectacular regent bowerbird.

A great daytrip from Coffs Harbour, you can go birdwatching, relax at scenic picnic and barbecue spots, explore secret waterfalls and rainforest walks and be amazed by the views from the elevated walk which looks all the way from the forest to the sea. Be sure to stop in at the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre and Canopy Cafe.


Why you should visit

Dorrigo National Park is a special place, here are just some of the reasons why:

World Heritage rainforests
The rainforests in Dorrigo National Park are part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area; the most extensive strip of diverse rainforest anywhere on earth. The World Heritage Area is a direct window into the past and the future, providing a link to the ancient pre-human world and a stunning and irreplaceable record of life on our planet. You can explore the rainforest on one of the many walking tracks, like the Lyrebird Link that leaves from the Rainforest Centre.

Rich Aboriginal heritage
The Dorrigo region is the traditional land of the Gumbaynggirr people and the Gambalamam clan who identify as their descendents. Archaeological sites in the region suggest that these groups have lived in the area for over five thousand years. The subtropical rainforest and waterways would have provided an abundant supply of foods, such as rainforest fruits like native tamarind, fig, black apple and lilly pilly, plus medicines and materials for hunting, gathering and shelter.

Dramatic waterfalls
The area is renowned for its dramatic waterfalls; so much that part of the park was first reserved in 1901 to protect the Sherrard and Newell Falls along the Waterfall Way. Today, there are a number of great rainforest walks in the park, try the Crystal Shower Falls walk for a journey behind the falls, or the longer Casuarina Falls circuit that offers views of Dorrigo Mountain and Rosewood River Valley.

A wide range of animals
Dorrigo National Park plays home to many different animals, including 30 types of mammals, more than 128 kinds of birds and 44 species of amphibians and reptiles. The dense forest is the ideal hiding place for reptiles, so you’ll need to be very quiet and patient in order to catch a glimpse. Look for the southern angle-headed dragon clinging to the trunks of trees along the Wonga walk and the pouched frog by the water at Tristania Falls.

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Getting there


From Armidale, drive east along the Waterfall Way for about 90 minutes. You'll see the park turnoff on the left, about 2km past Dorrigo.

From Coffs Harbour:

  • Travel south along the Pacific Highway, cross the Bellinger River and take the Waterfall Way exit to Dorrigo via Bellingen.
  • Approximately 2km before Dorrigo township, turn right at Dome Road and continue for approximately 1.6km to the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre.

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 Opening times

Dorrigo National Park is open daily (except Christmas Day) 9am to 4.30pm but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

 Close to

Dorrigo National Park is close to:

  • Dorrigo (4km)
  • Bellingen (25km)
  • Coffs Harbour (60km)
  • Armidale (121km)

 Public Transport

For information about public transport options, visit the NSW country transport info website.


Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

Weather and climate


The weather at Dorrigo National Park can vary from warm to mild to cool, depending on the time of year you visit. The summer months usually have the highest rainfall.

 Visiting through the seasons

Spring (Sept, Oct, Nov)

  • The rainforest is alive with birdlife - walk the Lyrebird Link for a close up view.

Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb)

  • Escape the summer heat along one of the waterfall tracks and feel the coolness envelope you.


Dorrigo Rainforest Centre

Phone: (02) 6657 2309
Street address: Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, Dome Road, Dorrigo NSW
Opening hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm weekends, (closed Christmas Day)

Walk with the birds, Dorrigo National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary