I am lucky enough to have grown up on the mid north coast of NSW, Australia, where we have access to countless beautiful spots to visit. Dorrigo National Park is just one of those beautiful destinations I get to explore in my spare time. Having spent a lot of time exploring Dorrigo, I have put together a brief list of the best things to do in Dorrigo National Park.
Dorrigo National Park is a great day trip from Coffs Harbour. You can relax at scenic picnic and barbecue spots, explore secret waterfalls, hike the rainforest and visit the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre for an amazing view.
Things to do in Dorrigo National Park
Dorrigo Rainforest Centre
Dorrigo Rainforest centre is the ultimate place to start your visit to Dorrigo National Park. The Dorrigo Rainforest Centre can provide great tips and advice on what to do and see, including which walking tracks will best suit your needs. I recommend starting the day at the Skyway (near the rainforest centre), an elevated walkway through and above the treetops. From here you can choose between hiking trails of varying lengths. I suggest doing the Crystal Shower Falls walk.
Crystal Shower Falls
The trail to Crystal Shower Falls will take you through the luscious rainforest, across a suspension bridge and down to the impressive waterfall and swimming hole. You can even walk behind Crystal Shower Falls.
You can take a shorter hike to the falls and return the same way you came, or you can do a loop of the rainforest. I suggest taking the loop, which is around 6kms long. If you take the loop you will also pass another waterfall.. below.
You CAN NOT go to Dorrigo and not see Dangar Falls. Dangar Falls is an impressive cascade waterfall, pictured below.
From the car park you are a few footsteps away from a viewing deck, BBQ areas and kids park. The trail to the base of the falls takes 10-20 minutes one way. On a nice day you can swim at the base of the falls, and can even swim behind the gushing waterfall.
If you are in this area, I highly recommend Whitewater rafting on the Nymboida River, one of my all-time favourite things to do.
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