From Mount Christopherson, drive for about 20 minutes, into Dorrigo and then towards Bellingen on the Waterfall Way to visit the World Heritage listed Dorrigo National Park. It’s just a short walk out to the magnificent view above the rainforest canopy all the way to the Pacific Ocean from the Skywalk. The facilities are wheelchair accessible so even the less mobile can enjoy this unique experience.
If you’re more energetic, take the 2 hour round Wonga Walk to visit Crystal Shower Falls. There is a great video posted by ABC Open West Coast SA which is very evocative. Even if you can’t walk that far, take a walk into the amazing rainforest and just stand and listen – magical! The Walk with the Birds boardwalk is only 200 metres, but takes you deep beneath the rainforest canopy, among the trees and vines to give you that rainforest experience.
During the school holidays, kids are invited to journey on a real-life quest beneath the shady rainforest canopy. Through fun and effective NPWS Ranger-guided games and challenges, young adventurers will develop tracking, stalking, camouflage and sensory observation skills and other simple strategies to get up close to animals that would otherwise never be seen!
This Dorrigo NP Wilderquest Wildlife Scout rainforest adventure is a new partnership between NPWS and the Centre for Ecological Learning, and delivered by people experienced in providing exciting and interactive environmental education experiences. At any time of the year there is sure to be something to interest any age group. You can explore the full range of fun and interesting Ranger-guided activities at the National Parks What’s On North Coast website.
The Dorrigo National Park Rainforest Centre has an extensive shop where you can find good quality Australian items, and books about all aspects of Australian wildlife, culture and native plants. There is an exhibition space alongside it, where you will see a regularly changing display of local artists’ work. The Canopy Cafe is next door, for a delicious breakfast, lunch or morning/afternoon tea. They have an inviting fireplace in the winter, and a shaded outdoor deck for the summer.
If you still have plenty of energy, and would like to see more waterfalls, drive another 10km further on from the Rainforest Centre along Dome Road, and you’ll find yourself driving through a tunnel of rainforest to the beautiful secluded Never Never picnic area, with sheltered picnic tables and barbecues. This is the far end of the Dorrigo National Park. From this area there are three more walking tracks each from three to five hours in length, which take you to another three fabulous waterfalls.