Waterfall Way

Highlights

Stretching from Coffs Harbour to Armidale, this spectacular 185km drive winds through five gorgeous national parks with breathtaking waterfall views. Drive through lush rainforest and woodland to enjoy the lofty lookout platforms at Ebor Falls, unpack a picnic at the dramatic Dangars Falls or see waters cascade an incredible 220m at Wollomombi Falls. 

  • Dangar Falls, Dorrigo National Park
  • Crystal Shower Falls, Dorrigo National Park

Spectacular scenery on Waterfall Way

Your fascinating journey across the New England Tableland begins in Coffs Harbour. Follow the scenic NSW North Coast before turning inland toward Bellingen. This charming town is on the banks of the beautiful Bellinger River, a popular waterway for kayaking and canoeing.

Situated about 34km from Bellingen is Dorrigo National Park, a sanctuary of World-Heritage listed rainforests and magnificent waterfall walks. Stop at the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre for information on the many falls and walks. While you are here stroll above the rainforest canopy on the stunning Skywalk, with views that reach Coffs Harbour. 

Wollomombi Falls, Armidale

Among Dorrigo National Park’s many attractions you will find the enchanting Crystal Shower Falls. Hear the sounds of rainforest birds on the Wonga Walk, weave your way between 600-year-old trees and traverse the lovely suspension bridge that takes you to a cavern behind Crystal Shower Falls. The full walk is a 6.6km loop that also takes in the beautiful Tristania Falls.   

Two kilometres north of Dorrigo town centre is Dangar Falls, a beautiful 30-metre waterfall set amidst scenic agricultural and dairy farmland. Stop at the Dangar Falls picnic area for dramatic views over the ravine at the northern edge of the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

Ebor Falls

West of Dorrigo, on the way to Armidale, you can watch the Guy Fawkes River plunge 100m over two waterfalls at Ebor Falls. Three lookout platforms along the edge of the escarpment offer spectacular views out into the gorge country. Nearby you can also hike through sub-alpine woodlands to the towering granite formations of Cathedral Rock.  

Further attractions on en route to Armidale include one of NSW’s highest drops at the incredible Wollomombi Falls, where waters plunge 220m into the valley. Enjoy the view from the New England picnic area.  

Avoid driving tired and reach your destination

Roads & Maritime NSW

When driving, always consider how tired you are - fatigue is one of the top three contributors to Australia's road toll.

Ensure you have had enough sleep before your trip and share the driving wherever possible. When driving on Australian roads take advantage of the many 'rest areas' available, regardless of whether it's a long-distance or short-distance trip.

Easily locate rest areas and plan your rest breaks for your next journey by visiting www.rms.nsw.gov.au

  1. Casuarina Falls Circuit

    Feeling energetic? Casuarina Falls circuit traces the ridgeline of the Dorrigo plateau before joining Blackbutt walking track. This delightful yet challenging walking track highlights the lush rainforests and enticing...

  2. Cathedral Rock Track

    Hike up Cathedral Rock to sit on a natural throne – perched on 200 metres of stacked boulders – and survey your kingdom. The nearby Round Mountain is the highest point of the New England Tablelands, although only by a...

  3. Crystal Shower Falls Walk

    Walk through lush rainforest to reach Crystal Shower Falls in Dorrigo National Park near Coffs Harbour. Enjoy spectacular views from the rocky cavern behind the waterfall.The walk to Crystal Shower Falls...

  4. Dangar Falls

    Two kilometres north of Dorrigo town centre is Dangar Falls, a beautiful 30-metre waterfall set amidst scenic agricultural and dairy farmland. There's a car park, a viewing platform, picnic tables and a walking trail...

  5. Ebor Falls

    A great stop-off between the coast and Armidale along Waterfall Way, Ebor Falls offers spectacular waterfall views, scenic lookouts and a picnic area.Watch the Guy Fawkes River plunging 100 metres over two...

  6. Red Cedar Falls Walking Track

    The strenuous hike to Red Cedar Falls is one of suspense, with glimpses of dramatic vistas and World Heritage-listed rainforest. The waterfall is the largest in Dorrigo National Park, accessible by Red Cedar Falls...

  7. Skywalk Lookout

    Directly connected to Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, Skywalk lookout offers a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding landscape. Perched right on the edge of the escarpment, the views take in Bellinger Valley to the coast with...

  8. Wollomombi Falls

    The Wollomombi Falls are one of the highest falls in Australia. The spectacular single fall from the undulating plateau country around Wollomombi to the floor of the Wollomombi Gorge often gives visitors a truly...

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