Dorrigo is the gateway to the World Heritage-listed Dorrigo National Park, and home to ancient rainforest, dramatic waterfalls and beautiful heritage. Explore the area, walk above the rainforest canopy, discover charming Coffs Coast hinterland towns and enjoy delicious local produce.
Dorrigo National Park, which is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, is a short drive from the town. Just north of Dorrigo amid the rolling farmland is Dangar Falls, a lovely waterfall with a drop of 30 metres with a viewing platform and a walking trail to the bottom of the falls.
Begin your rainforest adventure at the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre. There are exhibitions on the flora and the many intriguing animals, including the lyrebird, a native bird with the ability to imitate almost any sound. Walking trails also depart from the centre, including a trail to the spectacular elevated Skywalk lookout.
The Lyrebird Link track winds past the fluted trunks of giant stinging trees and birds nest ferns. The easy 800 metre-return trail connects to the Wonga Walk, a 6.6km loop that includes the gorgeous Crystal Shower Falls. Other beautiful walks include:
In the town, an annual highlight is the Dorrigo Show, held each April in the showgrounds with animal exhibits, food stalls and rides for the kids. The popular three-day Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival in October is another great family event. Families can camp in the showground by the campfire.
Dangar Falls, Dorrigo
Getting there & where to stay
The small rural town is an hour’s drive inland from Coffs Harbour on the Waterfall Way, a scenic driving route that winds past five stunning national parks. Direct flights operate from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Coffs Harbour airport. You can also catch the train from Sydney and the journey takes around nine hours.
You'll find accommodation options to suit various budgets, including retreats, a bed and breakfast federation home, cottages and the 1925-built Heritage Hotel Motel, which has a bistro. Nearby is the delicious Food Angel Cafe.
Fly into Coffs Harbour Airport
Coffs Harbour Airport is 4km from Coffs Harbour’s town centre. Use the shuttle bus and taxi services at the front of the terminal, or riding-sharing Uber, to make the short trip into the city. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.
QantasLink, Virgin and Rex operate direct flights between Sydney and Coffs Harbour. QantasLink and Link Airways operate direct flights between Brisbane and Coffs Harbour. QantasLink and Virgin operate direct flights between Melbourne and Coffs Harbour. Link Airways operate direct flights from Canberra seasonally.
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