Plateau Circuit loop trail

Bindarri National Park

Overview

Cycle through lush subtropical rainforest and eucalypt forest. See spectacular waterfalls and enjoy beautiful picnic and swimming spots, close to Coffs Harbour.

Where
Bindarri National Park
Distance
26km loop
Time suggested
3hrs
Grade
Medium
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • There is limited water available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
  • It’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Bindarri National Park can become boggy when it rains
  • This park is in a remote location. Please be well-prepared and tell a family member or friend about your travel plans.
  • There's no mobile reception in this park

Immerse yourself in this remote landscape and spend the day exploring on your mountain bike. Just a short drive from Coffs Harbour, you’ll see beautiful scenery while cycling along the gentle gravel roads of Bindarri National Park and the adjacent Bindarri State Conservation Area.

Pack a picnic lunch and make sure you’re prepared with plenty of water and a tool kit, as you’re heading into the remote yet beautiful corners of the park.

Head to Bangalore Falls picnic area and follow the short walking track to see beautiful cascading waters. Then, continue riding through lush subtropical rainforest to Urumbilum picnic area. Admire the majestic hoop pines, lush subtropical rainforest and spectacular gorge scenery along the way.

Take a moment to explore Urumbilum Creek gorge below the picnic area on foot. The spectacular waterfall that drops away into a large, natural amphitheatre and deep pool makes for great photography.

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/cycling-trails/plateau-circuit-loop-trail/local-alerts

Park info

See more visitor info

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Plateau Circuit loop trail.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Plateau Circuit loop trail is in the western precinct of Bindarri National Park. To get there:

    • Follow the directions to the park entrance via Eastern Dorrigo Way
    • Start the ride at the information sign at the park boundary
    • Continue along Corfes Road onto Range Road
    • Turn left onto Bangalore Road for 1km and follow to Bangalore Falls picnic area
    • Return to Range Road and continue south onto Urumbilum Creek Road, which takes you to Urumbilum picnic area.
    • Return the same way or, for the more adventurous, turn right off Urumbilum Creek Road to Loudens Road, which will return you to Bangalore Road.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is available at the start of Plateau Circuit loop trail.

    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

    Cycling safety

    Hundreds of cyclists head to our national parks for fun and adventure. If you're riding your bike through a national park, read these cycling safety tips.

    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.

    Prohibited

    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 (16 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

    Coffs Harbour (34 km)

    Coffs Harbour is a coastal city on the North Coast, packed with things to do. It's surrounded by lush forests and national parks.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Dorrigo (44 km)

    Dorrigo is a serene country town and the gateway to Dorrigo National Park. Its close to the edge of the escarpment above the Bellingen Valley.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Learn more

    Plateau Circuit loop trail 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.

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    Bindarri National Park. Photo: Helen Clark/NSW Government