Orara Escarpment 4WD touring route

Bindarri National Park

Overview

Orara Escarpment 4WD touring route goes from Coffs Harbour through pristine forest, with spectacular waterfalls and idyllic picnic and swimming spots along the way.

Where
Bindarri National Park
Distance
80km
Time suggested
3hrs
Grade
Medium
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note

Check the weather before you set out as Orara Escarpment 4WD touring route relies on dry weather-only roads

Orara Escarpment 4WD touring route is a great day trip for the whole family. The 80km round-trip from Coffs Harbour travels through remote eucalypt forests and subtropical rainforests, with plenty of picnic and swimming spots along the way.

Climb over 600m as you make your way up the Orara Escarpment, then drive through rainforest and eucalypt forest to the spectacular Bangalore Falls. Stand on the lookout, listen to the waterfall, and take in the dramatic views.

Stop for a picnic here, or continue through subtropical rainforest to Urumbilum picnic area. Make sure you take a short walk downstream to discover Urumbilum Falls.

Head back through tree ferns, hoop pine and cabbage tree palms on Range Road and see magnificent old-growth forest along Langleys Road. If you enjoy birdwatching, keep your eyes out for lyrebirds, bush turkeys and glossy black-cockatoos along the way.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/4wd-touring-routes/orara-escarpment-4wd-touring-route/local-alerts

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Orara Escarpment 4WD touring route.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Orara Escarpment 4WD touring route starts in the eastern precinct of Bindarri National Park. To get there:

    • Follow the directions to the park entrance via Dairyville Road
    • Take Pine Road up the escarpment and continue to Bangalore Falls on Bangalore Road
    • Continue on Range and Urumbilum Creek roads to Urumbilum picnic area and Urumbilum Falls
    • Return the same way, or drive back on Range Road, then take Corfes Road and Langleys Road which brings you to Eastern Dorrigo Way, east of Ulong.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is available along Orara Escarpment 4WD touring route.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Bindarri National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    Get off the beaten track and take your 4WD through pristine bushlands, stopping to see the magnificent Bangalore Falls.

    Spring

    Enjoy picnicking and swimming by the river and easy walking to see spectacular waterfalls.

    Summer

    Take a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters of Urumbilum River.

    Winter

    Head off on your mountain bike and explore the remote forest trails.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    18°C and 27°C

    Highest recorded

    43.3°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    7°C and 20°C

    Lowest recorded

    -3.2°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    781.9mm

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    River and lake safety

    The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

    Permitted

    Fishing

    A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

    Prohibited

    Gathering firewood

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Bellingen (24 km)

    Bellingen is a laid-back, tree-lined town with a New Age vibe. It's set in a luxuriant valley beside the Bellinger River.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Forster (236 km)

    Dominated by water sports Forster is the centre of the Great Lakes area.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Gloucester (260 km)

    Famous for gold deposits and the bushranger Captain Thunderbolt, Gloucester is located in the north Hunter region, east of Barrington Tops. The nearby state forests and national parks are ideal for walking, camping and outdoor adventure sports.

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    Learn more

    Orara Escarpment 4WD touring route is in Bindarri National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    A bygone era

    Bangalore Falls, Biamanga National Park. Photo: Helen Clark

    Walking out to Bangalore Falls, you might notice the large stumps standing as reminders of the parks former days of logging. Known as the 'cedar getters', the first Europeans arrived in this region in the mid-1800s. However, logging did not start until 1863. By 1880, concerns that Orara Valley would be cleared called for the declaration of Forest Reserve No 642, which later became Orara West State Forest in 1917.

    Biodiversity hotspot

    Giant barred frog (Mixophyes iteratus), Bindarri National Park. Photo: OEH

    Bindarri National Park is considered a ‘biodiversity hotspot’ due to the number of rare and threatened species found here, such as the palm orchid, fish bone fern and southern quassia. The park also provides an important corridor of native vegetation linking the hinterland and plateau habitats of the World Heritage-listed Dorrigo National Park with the coastal habitats of Bongil Bongil National Park. It's also home to a range of wildlife including an abundance of bird species,wallabies, possums and spotted-tailed quolls, as well as threatened species such as koalas, platypus, owls and bats. You might also spot the brown-speckled giant barred frog or the giant panda snail - the largest snail in Australia,with a shell measuring up to 12cm long.

    • Bangalore Falls walking track Bangalore Falls is a must-see destination with superb waterfall views from the lookout, just a short walk along an easy walking track, and a great place for a picnic.
    • Bindarray picnic area Escape the crowds and head to Bindarray picnic area. Enjoy 4WD touring, birdwatching, wildlife watching, swimming, liloing, paddling and picnicking by Urumbilum River.
    • Orara Escarpment 4WD touring route Orara Escarpment 4WD touring route goes from Coffs Harbour through pristine forest, with spectacular waterfalls and idyllic picnic and swimming spots along the way.
    • Plateau Circuit loop trail Cycle through lush subtropical rainforest and eucalypt forest. See spectacular waterfalls and enjoy beautiful picnic and swimming spots, close to Coffs Harbour.

    Traditional Aboriginal lands

    Urumbilum River, Bindarri National Park. Photo: Shane Ruming

    The deep gorges, cascading waterfalls and lush forests of Bindarri National Park are the traditional lands of the Gumbaynggirr people. The park is named after the Gumbaynggirr word 'Bindarray', which means 'many creeks'. Many Aboriginal sites have been identified as places used by local Aboriginal people for camping, tool-making, ceremonies and dreaming stories.

    Education resources (1)

    Range Road, Bindarri National Park. Photo: Barbara Webster/NSW Government