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Blackbutt walking track

Dorrigo National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Blackbutt walking track.

Track grading

Features of this track


6.4km one-way


3 - 4hrs

Quality of markings

Sign posted

Experience required

Some bushwalking experience recommended


Short steep hills


No steps

Quality of path

Rough track, many obstacles

Getting there and parking

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    Blackbutt walking track starts at Never Never picnic area in Dorrigo National Park. To get there:

    • Follow Dome Road from Waterfall Way (1km south of Dorrigo) to Dorrigo Rainforest Centre.
    • Dome Road veers to the left at Dorrigo Rainforest Centre. Follow for 10km to Never Never picnic area.
    • Alternatively, commence Blackbutt track from the small carpark 5.5km along Dome Road from Dorrigo Rainforest Centre.


    Parking is available at Never Never picnic area. The western trackhead offers only two or three parking spaces, but other off-street parking locations are available nearby.

    Best times to visit

    The weather at Dorrigo National Park can vary from warm to mild to cool, depending on the time of year you visit. The summer months usually have the highest rainfall.


    The rainforest is alive with birdlife - walk the Lyrebird Link for a close up view.


    Escape the summer heat along one of the waterfall tracks and feel the coolness envelope you.


    Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

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    Safety messages

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus 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.



    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.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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