Dorrigo National Park
What we're doing
Park management activities
Dorrigo National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:
Dorrigo National Park takes pride in and values the biodiversity in the area with strategies in place to ensure ecological communities are adequately mapped and conserved. Managing the protection of rare, endangered or threatened species is of particular significance in this park and a priority. Educational research into the habitat requirements of the wildlife in Dorrigo is an ongoing contribution to the conservation of native animal communities.
Uniting technology with the vast collection of information on biodiversity in NSW, BioNet is a valuable database open to any user. From individual plant sightings to detailed scientific surveys, it offers a wealth of knowledge about ecology and threatened species in NSW.
Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats
Pests and weeds have a significant impact to the ecosystems within Dorrigo National Park. Risk assessments for new and emerging weeds are carried out as an ongoing initiative within the park. Pest management of invasive weeds is a priority and an important part of the work NPWS does to protect the integrity of biodiversity which exists within Dorrigo.
Wild dogs can have significant impacts on other animals and are regarded as pests. Our wild dog control program operates in many NSW national parks and reserves. When carrying out such pest control, we aim to minimise the wild dogs’ effects on livestock and wildlife, while still maintaining dingo conservation in key areas.
Developing visitor facilities and experiences
Dorrigo National Park provides visitors with an ecologically sustainable experience, presented specifically to foster environmental and cultural understanding, awareness and appreciation. The Dorrigo Rainforest Centre welcomes visitors from around the globe to experience and learn about this precious rainforest heritage through its friendly staff, gift shop and cafe, Ranger-guided tours, interpretive displays and network of walking trails. The park's Skywalk and boardwalks make it one of Australia's most accessible World Heritage areas.
When you sign up to volunteer for tour guiding and visitor services, you’ll be doing something for yourself as well as for the benefit of visitors to NSW national parks.
Conserving our Aboriginal culture
Dorrigo National Park aims to manage Aboriginal sites with guidance from the Australia International Council on Monuments and Sites for the conservation of significant cultural places in the area. Ongoing research and maintenance of an Aboriginal sites register within the park is a priority in Dorrigo.
NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world as a result of our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.
Managing fire-prone NSW national parks requires a three-pronged approach, including fire planning, community education, and fuel management. When it comes to fuel like dead wood, NPWS conducts planned hazard reduction activities like mowing and controlled burning to assist in the protection of life, property and community.
- in the North Coast region
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.
- Dorrigo Rainforest Centre
(02) 6657 2309
Contact hours: 9am-4.30pm Monday to Sunday (closed Christmas Day)
- Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, Dome Road, Dorrigo NSW
- Email: Dorrigo.RainforestCentre@environment.nsw.gov.au
Fax: (02) 6657 2145
- Dorrigo Rainforest Centre
Join a fun and passionate team of people when you become a volunteer at Dorrigo Rainforest Centre shop. Help show off Dorrigo National Park to visitors from around world. Explain the park’s activities and offer information about the nearby town of Dorrigo.
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Valuable conservation work is being done in our national parks through the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to care for Australia’s native plants, animals and cultural heritage.