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. Myall Creek and beyond

    Tuesday 21 August 2018 to Sunday 14 October 2018 , Armidale

    A group of contemporary Indigenous artists respond to the Myall Creek Massacre and its aftermath in this new exhibition. On the afternoon of Sunday 10 June 1838 a group of eleven convicts and ex-convict stockmen brutally slaughtered a gr…

    21 Aug - 14 Oct
  2. Armidale Markets in the Mall

    Sunday 26 August 2018 to Sunday 25 November 2018 , 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 produc…

    26 Aug - 25 Nov
  3. Armidale Farmers Market

    Sunday 02 September 2018 to Sunday 28 October 2018 , 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 f…

    02 Sep - 28 Oct