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The Glade picnic area

Dorrigo National Park

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The Glade picnic area is part of Dorrigo National Park near Coffs Harbour on the NSW north coast. This pretty rainforest clearing offers a great spot for a picnic or barbecue and lots of rainforest walks.

Picnic areas
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If you’re using The Glade as a point to access walking tracks, let someone know your itinerary and make sure you’re properly prepared.

Located 1km from the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, The Glade picnic area is a great spot for barbecues and picnics. It’s set in a peaceful clearing, surrounded by amazing rainforest.

The area has great facilities and offers stunning views from its elevated lookout. After a picnic lunch there are lots of walking tracks to explore, like the Crystal Shower Falls walk that starts nearby.

Besides its natural beauty, The Glade picnic area has free barbecues, as well as undercover and outdoor picnic tables. And don’t be surprised if a brush turkey or a wallaby sneaks up to join your barbecue. The Glade picnic area is also home to the park's field study centre.

Take a virtual tour of The Glade picnic area captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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  • The view from behind the waterfall towards the suspension bridge at Crystal Shower Falls walk in Dorrigo National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary © OEH

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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

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