Discovering Gondwana guided tour

Dorrigo National Park

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Overview

Experience the rainforest like never before, on a 2km ranger-guided walk through World Heritage-listed Dorrigo National Park. It's only 1hr from Coffs Harbour, but you'll feel worlds away.

When

Tour runs Monday to Saturday from Tuesday 3 January until Saturday 21 January 2023. 

10am to 10.30am, 11am to 11.30am, 12pm to 12.30pm, 2pm to 2.30pm.

Accessibility
Medium
Grade
Easy. Suitable for adults and children, 5 years and over.
Price

Adult $10 per person. Child (5 to 16 years) $5 per person. Family $25 for 2 adults and 2 children. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adults need to book and pay.

Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Meeting point
Adjacent to the mosaic at entrance to Dorrigo Rainforest Centre
What to
bring
Sturdy shoes, drinking water, raincoat, hat
Bookings
Bookings required. Phone 1300 072 757 for more information or book online. It's best to book ahead to secure your ticket, but you can book at the Rainforest Centre Information desk on the day.
Please note

This tour runs in all weather. The rainforest is the place to be in the rain, so come prepared.

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Walk alongside an NPWS ranger, as we traverse this Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforest. We'll delve into this incredible world of ancient living fossils in Dorrigo National Park. Hear stories of how unique plants and animals of this World Heritage rainforest have survived and thrived. It's been millions of years in the making and is a place where time itself is captured.

Come and experience the lush canopy of this stunning subtropical rainforest, with one of our knowledgeable and friendly rangers. See if you can spot some of the many species that call this place home.

All throughout the tour, you'll be exploring the most extensive strip of diverse rainforest to be found anywhere on the globe. This short tour is suitable for all ages with the option to continue self-guided to the striking Crystal Shower and/or Tristania Falls.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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  • NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service

Park info

  • in Dorrigo National Park 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.

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Discovering Gondwana guided tour.

Getting there and parking

Dorrigo Rainforest Centre is in the western precinct of Dorrigo National Park. To get there:

From Armidale:

  • Drive east along the Waterfall Way for about 90min
  • Turn left into Dome Road approximately 2km after you pass through Dorrigo

From Coffs Harbour:

  • Travel south along the Pacific Highway
  • After crossing the Bellinger River, take the Waterfall Way exit to Dorrigo via Bellingen.
  • Turn right at Dome Road and continue for approximately 1.6km to Dorrigo Rainforest Centre.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Free parking is available at Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, including several designated disabled spots.

Maps and downloads

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

Some assistance may be required to access this area. Paths are sealed but there are some gradual slopes and uneven ground. Accessible toilets are available.

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Learn more

Discovering Gondwana guided tour is in Dorrigo National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

A wide range of animals

Australian brush-turkey (Alectura lathami), Dorrigo National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

Dorrigo National Park plays home to many different animals, including 30 types of mammals, more than 128 kinds of birds and 44 species of amphibians and reptiles. The dense forest is the ideal hiding place for reptiles, so you'll need to be very quiet and patient in order to catch a glimpse. Look for the southern angle-headed dragon clinging to the trunks of trees along the Wonga walk and the red-necked pademelon on the lawn by the Rainforest Centre.

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  • Lyrebird Link track Lyrebird link is an easy walking track in Dorrigo National Park near Coffs Harbour. It is a great spot for birdwatching and there are picnic and barbecue areas nearby.
  • Satinbird stroll Satinbird stroll is an easy access trail through Dorrigo’s World Heritage rainforest, ideal for all the family, and offers birdwatching and a great place to picnic.
  • Sensing the rainforest at Dorrigo National Park Join us and explore the rainforest in this Stage 3 (Years 5-6) geography excursion in Dorrigo National Park. Students will examine the wonders of the Gondwana Rainforest, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.
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Dramatic waterfalls

Walk with the Birds boardwalk, Dorrigo National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

The area is renowned for its dramatic waterfalls; so much that part of the park was first reserved in 1901 to protect the Sherrard and Newell Falls along the Waterfall Way. Today, there are a number of great rainforest walks in the park, try the Crystal Shower Falls walk for a journey behind the falls, or the longer Casuarina Falls circuit that offers views of Dorrigo Mountain and Rosewood River Valley.

  • Volunteer at 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.

Rich Aboriginal heritage

Blackbutt track, Dorrigo National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

Dorrigo National Park aims to manage Aboriginal sites, many of which are associated with natural features in the landscape. Involving local Aboriginal custodians in managing their traditional homelands, and continuing their connection to country, is a priority in Dorrigo National Park.

  • Gumbaynggirr culture rainforest tour Join a NPWS Aboriginal guide and learn about local Gumbaynggirr culture at Dorrigo National Park, 1 hour from Coffs Harbour. This unique tour is perfect for the whole family these school holidays.

World Heritage rainforests

The Skywalk, Dorrigo National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

The rainforests in Dorrigo National Park are part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area; the most extensive strip of diverse rainforest anywhere on earth. The World Heritage Area is a direct window into the past and the future, providing a link to the ancient pre-human world and a stunning and irreplaceable record of life on our planet. You can explore the rainforest on one of the many walking tracks, like the Lyrebird Link that leaves from the Rainforest Centre.

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  • Discovering Gondwana guided tour Experience the rainforest like never before, on a 2km ranger-guided walk through World Heritage-listed Dorrigo National Park. It's only 1hr from Coffs Harbour, but you'll feel worlds away.
  • Gumbaynggirr culture rainforest tour Join a NPWS Aboriginal guide and learn about local Gumbaynggirr culture at Dorrigo National Park, 1 hour from Coffs Harbour. This unique tour is perfect for the whole family these school holidays.
  • Kids' Gondwana nature play: 5 to 12 years Looking for something for the kids to do these school holidays? Join us for a fun hour in Dorrigo National Park, where kids aged 5 to 12 years can reconnect with nature through play and discovery.
  • Lyrebird Link track Lyrebird link is an easy walking track in Dorrigo National Park near Coffs Harbour. It is a great spot for birdwatching and there are picnic and barbecue areas nearby.
  • Sensing the Rainforest Sensing the rainforest is a Stage 1 (Years 1-2) school excursion in Dorrigo National Park, which focuses on HSIE. Students will explore the wonders of Dorrigo Rainforest - observing, listening, touching, smelling and searching to discover this special environment. It is a fun program for all ages, adults included.
  • Wonga walk Take a walk amongst subtropical rainforest and 600-year-old trees along the Wonga walk in Dorrigo National Park, home to the Tristania and Crystal Falls.
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Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Satin bowerbird. Photo: Ken Stepnell

    Satin bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)

    With vibrant blue-violet eyes and curious antics, the satin bowerbird is a favourite for bird watching and easy to spot as it forages for food in open forest. Relatively common across eastern Australia, in NSW they’re found in coastal rainforests and adjacent woodlands and mountain ranges.

  • Australian brush turkey, Dorrigo National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

    Australian brush turkey (Alectura lathami)

    The Australian brush turkey, also known as bush or scrub turkey, can be found in rainforests along eastern NSW. With a striking red head, blue-black plumage and booming call, these distinctive Australian birds are easy to spot while bird watching in several NSW national parks.

  •  Superb lyrebird, Minnamurra Rainforest, Budderoo National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    Superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae)

    With a complex mimicking call and an elaborate courtship dance to match, the superb lyrebird is one of the most spectacular Australian animals. A bird watching must-see, the superb lyrebird can be found in rainforests and wet woodlands across eastern NSW and Victoria.

  • Eastern common ringtail possum. Photo: Ken Stepnell

    Common ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus)

    Commonly found in forests, woodlands and leafy gardens across eastern NSW, the Australian ringtail possum is a tree-dwelling marsupial. With a powerful tail perfectly adapted to grasp objects, it forages in trees for eucalypt leaves, flowers and fruit.

Plants

  • Coachwood flower. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

    Coachwood (Ceratopetalum apetalum)

    Coachwood trees are Australian native plants that grow in warm temperate rainforests along coastal NSW. Also known as scented satinwood, the mottled grey bark of the coachwood has horizontal markings and a delicate fragrance.

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