Cathedral Rock National Park

Cathedral Rock National Park, Van Roon Jaime Plaza / Auscape International
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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.

Fact file


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)

Park information

  • NSWNPWS 1300 361 967
  • NPWS Dorrigo (02) 6657 2309


10 920 ha

Visitor information

Dorrigo/Ebor (02) 6657 2486

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Barokee camping area

Barokee is the most popular campground, with secluded campsites amid eucalypts and banksia. There’s water in a nearby creek, but it needs to be treated or boiled, otherwise bring your own. Walkers can take on the... Find out more

Native Dog camping area

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

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