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Moonpar Forest drive

North Coast

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Moonpar Forest drive is a 75km scenic car touring route near Dorrigo. It’s a great day out and an ideal way to explore the walks, riverside picnic spots, and sights of Nymboi-Binderay and Cascade national parks.

75km loop
Time suggested
Opening times

Moonpar Forest drive is open at all times, but may close due to poor weather, flood or fire danger.

What to
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water, binoculars, snacks
Please note

The bridge over Nymboida River is subject to flooding, so please check for closures before setting out.

Starting at Dorrigo, this scenic forest drive loops through Nymboi–Binderay National Park and Cascade National Park. Allow a day so you can make the most of the many bushwalks, riverside stops and sightseeing opportunities along the way.

Stop for morning tea at Norman Jolly picnic area before stretching your legs along short and easy Coachwood loop track. Here you can marvel at the giant tallowwood trees that are around 800 years-old. Take advantage of the facilities at Platypus Flat campground for lunch by the Nymboida River. Bring your swimsuit and towel so you can take a refreshing dip in the river.

The river attracts plenty of wildlife, so keep an eye out for turtles, cormorants, and platypus. Wild ducks raise their young on the banks of the river, and you might see kingfishers, lorikeets and lace monitors.

Continue to nearby Cascade National Park, where you can spend the afternoon exploring along Box Ridge walking track and Mobong walking track. Discover the relics from the the timber industry days, including an old railway station, before heading south towards Dorrigo to complete the loop.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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Cascade National Park

Cascade National Park, only an hours’ drive from Coffs Harbour, is ideal for a day trip. Rainforest, walking tracks, car touring and excellent cycling opportunities await.

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