|Depart from:||Coffs Harbour|
|Finish in:||Port Macquarie|
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|Depart from:||Coffs Harbour|
|Finish in:||Port Macquarie|
|Best time to go:|
|National Parks visited:|
A great start to the journey is a waterfall. Bindarri National Park with Bangalore Falls a must-see destination. These spectacular waterfalls are easily accessible, however the area is recovering from bushfire destruction. This makes the visit special as we have an opportunity to see nature in recovery mode in a inherently beautiful, remote location. The short walk takes you past mature trees that escaped the former logging activities in the park. Bindarri adjoins World Heritage Dorrigo National Park. This provides a corridor for wildlife and vegetation to flourish.
It’s an easy 500 metre walk to the Bangalore Falls walking tracks from the car park, to outstanding views all year round. From the lookout are glimpses of the Bangalore Gorge. Your return walk is through the picnic area along the easy walking track. The park has pockets of primary sub-tropical rainforest and eucalypt trees. The Urumbilum River flows through the park. During your wal, try and spot a lyrebird and listen for the distinctive ‘wom-poo’ call of the wompoo fruit dove.
Duration 1 hour
Coffs Harbour to Bindarri National Park
36 min (25.8 km)
Dorrigo National Park
Dorrigo National Park, The World Heritage Gondwana rainforest is a highlight of today’s exploration. Consider that the Rainforest was a victim of the 2019 December bushfires therefore check before departing what is open. Our visits are important as every visit contributes to the welfare of the National Parks. Dorrigo has a well equipped Rainforest Centre where brochures and up to date information can be found. The balance of the day is exploring Dorrigo National Park. There are information panels throughout the park as well as toilet facilities near the visitor centre.Start your exploration of the park with a short stroll on the elevated Skywalk Lookout for a sweeping view of valleys, gorges and hills through to Bellinger Valley and the distant coast. A great photo moment especially in the dawn or sunset. The Skywalk Lookout is adjacent to the Rainforest Information Centre.
Crystal Shower Falls
& Lyrebird walks
Walk to Crystal Shower Falls loop track, distance 3.5km, grade 2. This is a special place where your walk takes you behind the waterfall, into a rock cavern. You will view curtains of water in a spectacular display. Once you reach the falls, a suspension bridge leads to a short side track that will take you behind the waterfall into a rocky cavern. The Crystal Shower Falls walk is a combined track with the Satinbird stroll.
Lyrebird link walk is 0.8km grade 2 starting from the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre. The walkway takes you to the heart of Gondwana rainforest. The enormous stinging trees, birds nest ferns and lawyer cane palms are reaching into the canopy for essential light. This walk has information panels describing flora and fauna.
You could be intrigued by Gondwana rainforest and decide to extend your time in Dorrigo National Park or perhaps New England National Park there are numerous walks, tracks and, of course more waterfalls.
STAY options, there is no camping within Dorrigo National Park.
Dorrigo Mountain Holiday Park: Dorrigo Accommodation | Escape The Daily Grind. A fully serviced powered and non-powered camping ground together with ensuite family cabins.
Camping permitted at Platypus Flat campground in Nymboi-Binderay National Park which is approximately 45 minutes or 34km from Dorrigo Rainforest Centre entrance.
Platypus Flat campground is an idyllic setting among the tall trees and rugged granite gorges of Nymboi-Binderay National Park on the Dorrigo plateau. Overlooking the rainforest-lined river banks of Nymboida River, it’s an ideal spot for adventure-seekers who love kayaking, walking and fishing.
Your journey through the Gondwana forests is well underway. You have options between relatively easy boardwalks and grade 5 walks which involve steep climbs and rocky steps. Ensure you consult walking track links for up to date information before attempting any tracks. Today’s waterfall highlight is Ebor Falls, then it’s onto Cathedral Rock is also home to wildlife such as Eastern grey kangaroo who prefer the open grassy areas, together with swamp wallabies.
Look up into the heights for wedge tailed eagles soaring above watching for the movement in the heath indicating the hunt is on. Best time to visit Cathedral Rock is spring with the burst of colour from banksias, pixie cap, wattle and wax lip natives. Ground orchids flower year round.
Ebor Falls, is the rockstar of Guy Fawkes National Park. A picture postcard waterfall. The Guy Fawkes River cascades 100m over two separate rock escapements. Three lookout platforms, upper falls, lower falls and valley view set the scene for a spectacle of plunging torrents of water framed by a rugged gorge. The walking track linking the upper and lower falls is easy and suitable for most fitness levels, including children.
There are picnic areas around the carpark and falls walk.
Duration 1-2 hours.
Misty Creek lookout is an instagram favourite due to the height of the lookout and the sense that you are on top of the world (or perched on a rock). The walk is a 50m easy stroll from the carpark. The car park is located close to the Chaelundi campground. Wildlife is known to frequent the area, rock wallabies and look up for the enigmatic wedge-tailed eagle and other birds of prey.
Duration ½ hour.
Cathedral Rock National Park
Cathedral Rock National Park is where you have the option to climb the rigorous Woolpack Rocks at Cathedral Rock National Park. The name of the park aptly describes the weathered granite rocks which are a hallmark of the area. The granites are ancient, over 270 million years old with weathered exposed granite tors. The rocks are seemingly stacked and perched one on top of another providing a dramatic effect.
While it is a great photo opportunity take care not to climb stacked rocks as their stability is questionable. There is the grade 5 walk, Woolpack Rock. It is a challenging walk, starting near Barokee campground. The walk offers panoramic views across the New England Tablelands from the summit.
Duration – to be determined by visitor.
The park brochure describes the Warrigal walking track an easy loop family walk. It is a great spring and early summer walk with flowering heath plants, creek crossings providing a sense of adventure and the granite rocks. Starting at Native Dog campground, the track is mostly level, making it an ideal family walk. For bird watchers there is an opportunity to catch sight or hear native birds such as New Holland, white-cheeked, honeyeaters and wattlebirds taking advantage of the heath’s flowers full of nectar.
Your footfall will perhaps cause the birds to rise from their heath nectar snacks. Patience and silence will encourage the birds to continue to sip and feed.
New England National Park
Your discovery of New England National Park starts at the Point Lookout, an easy wheelchair accessible flat 200m walk to an elevated lookout point. Information plaques narrate the story of human occupation, Aboriginal cultural heritage and the history of the flora and fauna. Look below you at the sweeping valleys of the Park and consider a walk in the forest below. Walks commence from the carpark.
There are facilities such as picnic tables, toilets and BBQ areas close to the carpark. Perhaps you are going to spend your afternoon simply absorbing the scent and sound of the forest or indulge in a vigorous tramp. For the experienced tramper to consider is the New England wilderness hike 2-3 days. The choice is yours. Consult park conditions before heading out on your walk.
Travel Pack. New England National Park brochure
Walks include Cascades walking track 5.4km, grade 4. It is not a track for everyone due to its steep descents and climbs. Cascades, the name says it all, beautiful streams, cascading water wrapped in the green swathe of rainforest bright moss, liverworts and light dappled ferns. This is a contrast to the rock outcrop of Wrights lookout.
The name of the next walk Eagles Nest walking track sums up the stunning views that are the reward for completing the 2.2km loop, grade 3 track. The grade reflects the descent and ascent that is required. The park’s brochure accurately describes this special walk as “Climb back up to the escarpment near Banksia Point and return to Point lookout through the snow gum woodland. Look out for the brilliantly coloured crimson rosellas as you wander through the forest. In spring, you’ll be treated to the beauty of snow gum woodland carpeted with snowgrass tussocks and colourful wildflowers. Finish with the breathtaking views from Point lookout, knowing what incredible natural wonders lie …below.”
New England National Park there are a number of campgrounds or ensuite chalets to choose from, Thungutti campground, Toms Cabin, The Residence or The Chalet. Bookings are essential. Perhaps temptation calls you to stay another night. Ensure you have bookings confirmed beforehand. The Chalet is a gem within the park, it can be booked solid several months in advance.
You have had a short detour to visit New England National Park. You can choose to skip New England National Park for more time at Dorrigo National Park and / or Cathedral Rock National Park. New England is included as it offers a diverse landscape, great accommodation choices within a national park as well as the spectacular spring flowers.
New England National Park to Wollomombi Falls to Armidale:
Wollomombi walking track Are you waterfall – ed out. Watch, wait there is another one coming up. Wollomombi Falls are the highest in Australia. You have to check out a waterfall with the tag it’s the highest. A single fall of water from a plateau gives visitors the grand sight of plunging water into the depths of the river below. A plus is the easy walking track around the waterfall.
Apsley Gorge Rim walking track
Walks suitable for families and those whose fitness levels are compromised.
Apsley Gorge Rim walking track is a 1 km loop Gorge Rim Walking Track. At the Falls Lookout there is a 52 metre steel stairway which leads down to an observation deck where there are excellent views of the deep gorge and the falls which drop 309 m in two stages. To consider for families is Tia Falls walk offers the easiest and best views of beautiful Tia Falls and Tia Gorge. It’s a short and easy walk, so a good one for walking with children. Tia Falls walk starts from Tia Falls lookout and picnic area, a good place to enjoy a picnic before or after your walk.
Oxley Walk is a 90 minute walk that crosses the impressive Suspension Bridge and continues around the Apsley River to the north side of the gorge. It offers excellent views of the main falls and the lower falls from four lookout platforms.
Accommodation is in Oxley Wild River National Park. There are a number of accommodation options within the Oxley National Park. The East Kunderang Homestead, check for details, the campgrounds available are Apsley Falls campground, Budds Mare campground, Riverside campground and picnic area, Long Point campground and picnic area | NSW National Parks, and Wollomombi campground. There are several more camping sites to choose from simply check the Oxley Wild River website for details. Forward booking is essential.
A day of exploring a rural town with a personality to match the spectacular waterfalls. Armidale has an ace up its sleeve with four National Parks within one hour drive. New England National Park, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, Cathedral Rock and Guy Fawkes River National Park. Autumn brings the picture postcard rural town a glorious display of deciduous leaf golds, the crackle, snap and crunch of autumn foliage as you walk the tracks.
The heritage buildings provide a sense of tradition that continues to be lived in and adapted to contemporary use making them not just museum pieces but part of the living heritage of Armidale. Armidale is entrancing.
An easy 2km self-guided walk covers Armidale’s city centre highlighting the many beautiful buildings and churches. There are over 34 buildings and sites of interest. If you are flagging nearby cafes and eateries make for a welcome break.
Duration – 2-4 hours.
Cabin Accommodation – Armidale Accommodation Armidale Tourist Park features cabins for every kind of traveller, from budget studio style cabins to new luxury 4 star cabin accommodation. Armidale Tourist Park also has three cabins specially designed for wheelchair access, and four cabins set aside for guests travelling with Pets. Additionally there are powered and non-powered sites as well as tent sites in the park grounds.
Today is about exploring local heritage sites, following the trail of a bushranger and soaking up the atmosphere of Walcha, a town that has successfully nurtured its artistic flair with a substantial collection of public art. You have a chance to sit on art, to touch art and enjoy art embedded in the landscape that created the piece.
Many of the works have been created using local timbers and abandoned scrap metal to repurpose into an art form. There is the grandeur of an Edwardian mansion to gawp at, contrasting to a settlers slab cottage as evidence of the settlers who established an agricultural base in the area. The traditional owners are acknowledged for their custodianship of the land and rivers.
Walcha Museum complex is worth a detour. The slab cottage area is situated on the land grant in 1858 to Constable Buckland. The house construction has survived as a reminder of the local materials used to build homes in the nineteenth century. It is in marked contrast to the pastoral wealth displaced in Langford House. The heritage trail of Walcha has the usual suspects such as banks, court houses, a post house and country hotels as well as churches.
Many of the buildings date from the mid-nineteenth century. For heritage fans it is an enjoyable ramble through the history of settlement of Walcha enhanced by the presence of contemporary sculptures narrating the story of the area. Check out the travel facts section for brochures describing the heritage trail and a route map for the walk.
Duration 2 – 3hours.
Langford House is a grand Edwardian Mansion, located one kilometre south of Walcha on Thunderbolts Way. Guided tours are available with the owners, by prior arrangement only. A tour takes around an hour. Construction of William Fletcher’s “Langford” mansion commenced in May 1903 and was completed in October 1904. Langford is a grand two story building constructed of locally produced red brick, featuring 22 rooms and a five story central tower overlooking the circular entrance driveway and extensive surrounding gardens.
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Walcha Guesthouse is located in the centre of Walcha next to the art gallery. A family business, Walcha Guesthouse reuses the historic saddlery in the heart of Walcha and is situated next door to Cafe Graze. It combines heritage charm with contemporary design and modern facilities. For stopovers or long term stays, Walcha Guesthouse is a slice of contemporary comfort in New England.
You are advised to follow Thunderbolt’s Way from Uralla to Gloucester as it follows a beautiful valley and does not have the sharp bends and curves of the Oxley. Oxley Highway Walcha to Port Macquarie is well known for its bends and sharp corners.
Laurieton tucked under North Brother Mountain, is the home base for the local fishing fleet and being the largest town in the district has all the trapping with large supermarkets, upmarket cafes and Sunday markets. Camden Haven Historical Museum is located in the Laurieton School of Arts building. It tells the story of the villages along the Camden Haven River. The river was a transport artery and ship building was an important industry in the nineteenth century. There is a celebrity claim to fame with the appearance of Bob Hope during World War II. The museum is managed by volunteers
Opening hours Tuesday to Thursday from 9.00 am – 1.00 pm. tel: (02) 6556 9664. Camden Haven Museum, Laurieton – MGNSW for up to date information.
Dunbogan Boatshed: Home (1940’s) and still going strong is on The Boulevarde. The boatshed offers a one stop service for all things fish and fishing. You can have a coffee and even fish from the outdoor decks. Additionally hires kayaks and tinnies. Dunbogan is your stop for the night. The white weatherboard boatshed is perched over the Camden Haven with a ringside view of the majestic 500 metre tall North Brother mountain. It is a special treat for visitors to feed the fish from the deck. The cafe sells fish food as well as lends buckets and spades for children to explore the sandy beach, exposed at low tide beneath the cafe.
A scenic showstopper for your Waterfall Way road trip. A local holiday spot with its numerous camping grounds. Let’s get you inspired and check out our weekend away in Camden Haven for what to see and do in the area.
The heritage listed property is located at Dunbogan, 6km east of Laurieton. It occupies a magnificent Crown Land beachfront site overlooking Pilot and Wash House Beaches and the Camden Haven River Inlet, and adjoining Kattang Nature Reserve.
Laurieton to Perpendicular Point Walk and Kattang Nature Reserve
Perpendicular Point Walk is through Kattang Nature Reserve to a lookout point where the height of North Brother Mountain, Dooragan National Park dominates the horizon. LIghthouses always have the best views, part of the job description and Perpendicular Point sheer cliffs do not disappoint. While it’s a great place for whale watching you will need binoculars and it is a pinprick flash of a dorsal fin that alerts you. Similar to bird watching you could sight a whale very quickly, not at all or need patience to wait for nature’s display. Wildflowers and spring is guaranteed, honeyeaters gorging on nectar from banksias to feed their young.
Shiny coated black cockatoos have their favourite black she-oaks to nibble. The scent of boronia, flannel flowers, and the crisp everlasting daisy peek from the ground cover and bushes.
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