Cathedral Rock National Park

Camp, walk, birdwatch and enjoy scenic views with great picnic spots at Cathedral Rock National Park, just east of Armidale and west of Dorrigo on the New England Tablelands.

Rock-hopping isn’t just for the wallaroos at Cathedral Rock National Park. Hike to the park’s main boulder piles of Woolpack Rocks and Cathedral Rock and scramble to their summits. Then enjoy the superb views across the wilderness landscape of dry eucalypt forest and granite outcrops. The park’s rock formations are particularly photogenic in late-afternoon light or mist.

Take short walks from the campgrounds, or do a long hike between them. For an exhilarating challenge, you can carry your pack for the 10.4km Barokee to Native Dog Creek walk, camp at the other end, and retrace your steps later.

Whether you’re visiting the park for a picnic lunch or camping for a few days, there are plenty of birdwatching opportunities. The screech of the glossy black cockatoo lets you know there’s a flock overhead. You may be fortunate enough to spot the endangered turquoise parrot, and remember to look out for the wedge-tailed eagle silently circling the granite tors.

Nearby events

  1. Music On a Market Sunday – Tangos

    Sunday 25 November 2018 , Armidale

    Tangos and music inspired by the South American tango tradition feature in the Music on a Market Sunday Concert. Duo Astor—Alana Blackburn (recorders) and Steve Thorneycroft (guitars)—will play music by Maximo Diego Pujol, Astor Piazolla…

    25 Nov
  2. Armidale Markets in the Mall

    Sunday 25 November 2018 to Sunday 26 January 2020 , Armidale

    Armidale Markets in the Mall are held on the last Sunday of each month with 50 plus different stalls making a regular appearance. Stalls include a huge range of quality handmade and handcrafted items, cupcakes, candles, bath and body…

    25 Nov - 26 Jan
  3. Armidale Farmers Market

    Sunday 02 December 2018 to Sunday 15 December 2019 , Armidale

    The Armidale Farmers Market occurs on the first and third Sunday of the month. Head along to buy fresh, local, seasonal produce, home made gourmet food, wine and plants. Get a hot cup of organic fair trade gourmet coffee and catch up with…

    02 Dec - 15 Dec