The Waterfall Way

From Mount Christopherson turn left from Muldiva Road onto Tyringham Road, and drive 12 km to the Grafton-Armidale Road. You’ll drive past the Booma Boers goat stud here, so don’t be surprised to see hills covered with grazing goats (or occasionally to find them wandering onto the road). Turn left towards Armidale, and a few kilometres further on watch out on your left for an astonishing display of carved logs and tree trunks.

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The Waterfall Way comes in on your left from Dorrigo 21km after you turned onto the Armidale Road, and another 9km on you arrive in the village of Ebor. If you’re hanging out for a coffee by now, or even lunch, Fusspots Cafe is on your left.  2km on the right is the turnoff to Ebor Falls, which are just 1km along the road past the Ebor cemetery.

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Park the car at the upper falls and walk to the viewing platform. Then take the 600 metre walk along the escarpment to the next viewing platform for a great view left to the two drops of the falls (upper and lower) and left over the wilderness area of Guy Fawkes National Park. You are now at 1300 metres above sea level so the air can be crisp. There’s another 20 metre walk around to the left to another viewing platform looking due west.

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Drive about 10km towards Armidale, and on the left you will see the sign to “Dutton Trout Hatchery and New England National Park”. It’s 20km up to the top of Point Lookout  in the New England National Park, which is one of the highest points in Australia after the Snowy Mountains at 1564 metres. Take the short walk around the top to see 100km to the east, south and west, including the Pacific Ocean, and the whole of the Dorrigo Plateau

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You may also like to call into the Trout Hatchery with its excellent display and opportunity to see the growing hatchlings and feed the bigger fish. It’s open every day except Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Continue along the Armidale Road another 30 km to Wollomombi Gorge. Turn left at the sign and you will see the entrance to Oxley Wild River National Park. You’ll find yourself on the top of a 600 metre split in the earth with 2 waterfalls, Wollomombi Falls and Chandler Falls, the highest in New South Wales.
Wollomombi Gorge has one of the best picnic areas and delightful walking tracks to get the best views of the 2 waterfalls that plummet 600 meters to the narrow gorge floor. They are not large falls for this is not a high rainfall area.

Coming back, take the Waterfall Way turnoff to Dorrigo. It is a beautiful drive, and if you look across to your left you will see a very different view of Mount Christopherson.