Cathedral Rock National Park
Cathedral Rock National Park, in the New England Tablelands, is great bushwalking and rock-climbing territory, and offers peaceful camping and myriad opportunities for photography. Weathering and erosion of the area’s ancient granite has created a rugged, undulating landscape punctuated by giant boulders, massive tors and curious rock formations, with the domed peak of Round Mountain, at 1584 metres, the highest point. The poor quality granite soils support dry forest, dominated largely by stringybark and peppermint gum. Beneath that is shrub and in some parts heathland with ﬂowering species such as Christmas bells and waratah. Isolated pockets of rainforest can be found in the sheltered, wetter gullies. The area can be extremely cold in winter, evidenced by patches of sphagnum moss, alpine fan ﬂower, and snowgrass in boggy areas.
The park is the haunt of wedge-tailed eagles, but yellow-tailed black-cockatoos, thornbills and ﬁnches are regularly sighted, and honeyeaters are common when ﬂowers are blooming. Swamp wallabies and eastern grey kangaroos are sometimes seen feeding in the early morning or dusk light. Use a torch at night to observe gliders or possums foraging for food.
Walking tracks crisscross the park. Cathedral Rock Track (5.8-km loop, 2–3 hours, medium difficulty) leaves from the Barokee rest area. Take the 400-metre spur track to the top of Cathedral Rock (note rocks can be slippery and there are dangerous crevices). Woolpack Rocks Walk (7.4 km return, 3 hours, medium difﬁculty) from Native Dog Creek through stringybark forest is also popular. Barokee is the most popular campground, with some secluded campsites amid eucalypts and banksia.
Barokee and Native Dog Creek; fees apply
Location and access
636 km north-west of Sydney; 60 km west of Dorrigo via Waterfall Way; via Ebor–Guyra Rd (northern section)
- NSWNPWS 1300 361 967
- NPWS Dorrigo (02) 6657 2309
10 920 ha
Dorrigo/Ebor (02) 6657 2486
- Cathedral Rock National Park, Eco-friendly activity
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