Dorrigo National Park, Ricky Eaves / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 970

Dorrigo is known as 'Australia's national park capital'. It is entirely surrounded by national parks including Dorrigo and Cathedral Rock. The Dorrigo Plateau provides crisp, clean air and wonderful views in all directions. The town is small enough to be friendly, but popular enough to provide excellent facilities.

Visitor Information

36 Hickory St; (02) 6657 2486

Nearby national parks

  • Dorrigo National Park

    Perched on the edge of the dramatic New England escarpment, Dorrigo National Park, with its high mist-shrouded plateau descending to...more

  • Guy Fawkes River National Park

    Guy Fawkes National Park in the state’s north-east is isolated, extensive and wild. The Guy Fawkes River winds its way through the...more

  • Cathedral Rock National Park

    Cathedral Rock National Park, in the New England Tablelands, is great bushwalking and rock-climbing territory, and offers peaceful camping...more

Nearby towns

  • Bellingen

    Bellingen is an attractive tree-lined town on the banks of the Bellinger River, surrounded by rich pasturelands. Traditionally serving dairy...more

  • Urunga

    Urunga is a sleepy, attractive town at the junction of the Bellinger and Kalang rivers and is regarded by locals as one of the best fishing...more

  • Coffs Harbour

    Coffs Harbour, a subtropical holiday town on Coffs Coast, is known for its banana plantations (and the iconic Big Banana) and for its great...more

In Town

Historical museum: memorabilia, documents and photographs detailing the history of Dorrigo and surrounding national parks; Cudgery St.

Local crafts: at Pinnata Gallery; Hickory St.

Wood-fired bakery: produces popular products with local produce; Hickory St.

Waterfall Way Winery: unique fruit wines and fortified wines; tastings available; Hickory St.


Dorrigo National Park This park takes in World Heritage–listed rainforest and offers plenty for visitors to see and do. Attractions include spectacular waterfalls and a variety of birds such as bowerbirds and lyrebirds. The Rainforest Centre has picnic facilities, a cafe, a video theatre and exhibitions. There is also the Skywalk, a boardwalk offering views over the canopy of the rainforest, and the Walk with the Birds boardwalk. 3 km E.

Cathedral Rock National Park Giant boulders, sculpted rock, distinctive granite hills and wedge-tailed eagles make Cathedral Rock spectacular viewing and popular among photographers. Walks include a 3 hr circuit walk to the summit of Cathedral Rock for amazing 360-degree views of the tableland. 56 km SW.

Trout fishing: in streams on the Dorrigo Plateau (between Dorrigo and Urunga); contact visitor centre for locations.

Dangar Falls: viewing platform over beautiful 30 m waterfall; 2 km N.

Griffiths Lookout: sweeping views of the mountains; 6 km S.

Guy Fawkes River National Park: rugged and scenic surrounds with limited facilities, but worth the effort for experienced bushwalkers. Ebor Falls has cliff-top viewing platforms above and there is also good canoeing and fishing; 40 km W.

L. P. Dutton Trout Hatchery: educational visitor centre and trout feeding; 63 km SW.

Point Lookout: in New England National Park for spectacular panoramic views of Bellinger Valley and across to the ocean; 74 km SW.

Fishing spots near town

Coffs Harbour - Fishing Sub-region 42 km

My introduction to fishing north of Sydney was at Coffs Harbour, an area with a diverse range of options. The first time I fished here I was into land-based game and spent most of my time on the ledges of Mutton Bird... Find out more

South-West Rocks 65 km

When it comes to popularity, there are two types of fishing destinations: those that are hot all the time and those that wax and wane depending on the season. South West Rocks is in the first category. For as long as I... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Cycling around Armidale and Coffs Harbour 39 km

A 5-kilometre bicycle track leads from Harris Park in Armidale to the University of New England. Bikes can be hired from Armidale Bicycle Centre or the University’s Sports Union. The 26-kilometre-return ride from... Find out more

Bush-tucker tasting - Macksville 45 km

Sample some Australian bushfoods at Valley of the Mist near Macksville, a farm dedicated to sustainable methods. You will taste bush fruits, nuts, herbs and condiments and have a tour of the farm. You can also take a... Find out more

Houseboating on the Macleay River 83 km

Although large chugging houseboats can be an environmental no-no, Macleay River Houseboats at Kempsey are small – designed for just two people – use relatively clean four-stroke petrol motors, have... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Bonville Golf Resort 31 km

Bonville is Australia’s most beautiful inland course. Carved from 250 hectares of flooded gums and blackbutt forest, with small pockets of subtropical rainforest, Bonville is often described as Australia’s... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Lick the Spoon

With a name like this, it’s got to be good. This buzzing cafe serves funky food, kitchenware and gourmet delicacies to take home. Stock up on local specialties like Doodles Creek mayonnaise and the coveted Zest... Find out more

Tallawalla Teahouse

Elevated on hectares of stunning gardens, and enjoying panoramic views of Dorrigo Plateau, pop into this teahouse for morning or afternoon tea after exploring the grounds and aviary. There are over 60 different kinds of... Find out more

Campsites around town

Platypus Flat camping area 18 km

Perched on the banks of the Nymboida River, just off Moonpar Forest Dr, Platypus Flat provides tent sites in a grassy clearing beneath blue gums and river oaks, a short walk from your car. There are fabulous swimming... Find out more

Bindarri camping areas (walk-in and bush camping) 21 km

Walk-in bush camping is possible throughout the park – facilities such as toilets, picnic tables and wood fireplaces are only available at Bindarray and Bangalore picnic areas, so you’ll need to be... Find out more

Cod Hole picnic and camping area 23 km

This is a popular spot for picnickers and whitewater rafters, located at the end of Cod Hole Rd via Moses Rock Rd, off Moonpar Forest Dr. Take a relaxing dip in the river, launch your kayak or stop in for a picnic midway... Find out more

The Junction camping area 30 km

Take the Black Mountain Rd south from Nymboida, Glenreagh or Lowanna and turn onto Junction Rd, a 1.4 km unsealed road suitable for 4WDs only – unless you’re prepared to walk or paddle in. Once there,... Find out more

Bush camping areas 35 km

Self-sufficient campers armed with detailed, up-to-date topographic maps can access a number of good spots throughout the forest, either on foot, horseback or mountain-bike.... Find out more

Thungutti Rest Area camping area 36 km

The campground at Thungutti is set amid towering eucalypts and snow gums. Cars have to be parked a short distance from the campsites. There are 18 sites; booking is not essential but fees apply. Firewood is supplied, and... Find out more

Sawtell Beach Holiday Park 37 km

This well-appointed caravan park is on Lyons Rd, about 8 km south of Coffs Harbour. You’ve got easy access to the beach and a wide range of accommodation options, including powered and unpowered sites, villas and... Find out more

Park Entrance Rest Area camping area 38 km

For those with caravans, there’s a basic camping site at Styx River, about 2 km outside the park entrance along Point Lookout Rd. Bush camping is also permitted; you must camp at least 500 m from park facilities.... Find out more

Hyatts Flat camping area 42 km

This has 2WD access in dry weather only, and it’s suitable for self-sufficient campers only as it’s pretty thin on facilities and not officially managed as a camping site. To get here, follow Hardwood Rd from... Find out more

Native Dog camping area 43 km

There’s enough room at the campsite for your caravan or camper trailer, and a number of walks leave from here, including the easy Warrigal Track (1 km, 30 min return) and Woolpack Rocks (7.4 km, 3 hr return).... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Urunga Heads Holiday Park 34 km

On the river estuary at Urunga, this park is an excellent overnight stop. It is far enough off the highway to be quiet and has an excellent outlook, with a shopping centre nearby. The park is busy in peak periods and... Find out more

Sawtell Beach Holiday Park 37 km

This large, spacious park has a wonderful outlook over the ocean and is just a short walk from Sawtell shopping centre. A pool is just across the road. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay... Find out more

Park Beach Holiday Park 41 km

This is a large beachfront council park 4 km from the centre of town and close to the popular jetty precinct. The park boasts a wide range of facilities, including cabins, amenities blocks, a water park and an inground... Find out more

Sapphire Beach Holiday Park 44 km

A lovely, shady beachside park south of Moonee Beach, 9 km north of Coffs Harbour. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas and Easter. Pets are only allowed in the off-peak... Find out more

White Albatross Holiday Centre 44 km

This is a quality park in a prime position next to a lagoon and near the mouth of the Nambucca River. It boasts a very good restaurant as well as a range of other features. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Moonee Beach Holiday Park 45 km

This popular beachfront caravan park has basic facilities, but does have a tennis court and open grassy sites with views out to sea. Swimming is good, as are the nature walks around the reserve. Bookings are required in... Find out more

Nambucca River Tourist Park 46 km

About 6 km north of Macksville just off the Pacific Highway, this neat, family-owned park is adjacent to the Nambucca River. It is ideal for an overnight stop or a couple of days. Bookings are required in peak periods,... Find out more

Big4 Emerald Beach Holiday Park 49 km

This is a quality park with comprehensive facilities and excellent amenities. It is located in a picturesque beachside location, with good access to the Pacific Highway. Swimming, surfing and fishing are all popular... Find out more

Woolgoolga Beach Caravan Park 54 km

This popular beachfront park is 100 metres from the centre of town, next to the surf club with views out to sea. There are good amenities but no unpowered sites. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length... Find out more

NRMA Darlington Beach Resort & Holiday Park 56 km

This popular park has very good quality facilities. It offers absolute beach frontage, a restaurant, a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, outdoor bowling area and archery range. Bookings are required in peak periods... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Gracemere Grange

Gracemere Grange is owned and operated by Helen Proud, who made her sea change from city life to the Dorrigo Plateau ten years ago. Ever since, Helen has been welcoming guests to her casual, laid-back country guesthouse... Find out more

Moss Grove B&B

Moss Grove is a delightful B&B with an English countryside charm provided by the ‘cool climate’ gardens encircling the guesthouse. Furnished with antiques, the guest room has a private sitting room and... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Lily Pily Country House, Bellingen 21 km

The owners of this stylish B&B have spent seven years revegetating and securing wildlife corridors along the riparian zone here, planting some 4000 trees and 2000 reeds, resulting in an increase in bandicoots,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Macksville park area 45 km

At Macksville

Just off the highway on the north side of the river.

Gumma Reserve camping area 48 km

T/O at Macksville

Large campground located 7km (partly unsealed) east of the highway via Partridge St, Wills St and Gumma Rd.

Woolgoolga rest area 52 km

At Woolgoolga

Just off the highway in the middle of town.

Paddys rest area 54 km

39km N of Kempsey (L) or 45km S of Urunga (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Halfway Creek rest area 58 km

26km N of Woolgoolga (R) or 34km S of Grafton (L)

Large grassed area just off the highway behind the roadhouse.

Glenugie Creek rest area 68 km

45km N of Woolgoolga (L) or 15km S of Grafton (R)

Just off the highway behind a few trees.

McPhillips Creek rest area 71 km

50km N of Woolgoolga (R) or 10km S of Grafton (L)

Just off the highway behind a few trees.

Lollback rest area 86 km

115km E of Glen Innes (R) or 45km W of Grafton (L)

Just off the highway with good views over the Mann River.

Bloodwood Ridge rest area 92 km

111km N of Taree (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Kundabung rest area 96 km

15km S of Kempsey (L)

Just off the highway. For southbound only.

Mulligans Hut camping area 98 km

T/O 69km E of Glen Innes (R) or 91km W of Grafton (L)

Secluded campground in a natural bush setting 9km (unsealed) south of the highway in Gibraltar Range National Park.

What's on around town

Market: showground, Armidale Rd; 1st Sat each month.

Arts and Crafts Exhibition: Easter.

Bluegrass Festival: Oct.

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