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Waterfall Way scenic drive

Dorrigo National Park

Overview

The 185km Waterfall Way scenic drive links Coffs harbour and Armidale, passing rainforest, river valleys and waterfalls, including New England and Dorrigo national parks.

Where
Dorrigo National Park
Accessibility
Easy
Distance
185km one-way
Time suggested
2hrs 30min
Grade
Easy
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Please note

There may be no mobile reception at different areas along this drive.

You could cover Waterfall Way scenic drive in about two-and-a-half hours, but with so many amazing stops along the way, it could take you all day. Starting at Coffs Harbour, the scenic drive traverses five national parks and winds through lush rainforest, waterfalls, open woodlands and farmland as you approach Armidale.

Ebor Falls should not be missed. Two grandiose waterfalls and an amazing scenic walk along the escarpment edge. All this is just a few minutes walk from Ebor Falls car park. The road winds steeply through the lush rainforest of Dorrigo National Park to a height of 750m at Dorrigo Mountain.

Other highlights of the drive include the granite tors in Cathedral Rock National ParkPoint lookout in New England National Park, and the Wollomombi Gorge and Falls picnic area, near Armidale, which has one of the state’s highest drops.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

Park info

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Waterwall Way scenic drive, Dorrigo National Park. Photo: Barbara Webster