National Parks / Natural World
Dorrigo National Park Dorrigo
Where is it at?
Dorrigo National Park
Dorrigo Rainforest Centre
Tel: 02 6657 2309
Where are we going today?
There is something great about the whole family getting out of the house and into nature, and when in Australia - we can't imagine anything better!
Dorrigo National Park has stunning scenery that the kids will just love viewing, exploring and playing in. It's been millions of years in the making - so a great way for them to learn about nature and the planet's history!
The park contains a huge range of forest types which are home to a huge number of animals and birds. Do you know what a red-necked pademelon looks like? Only one way to find out! (And no, it's not a fruit that we eat!) You might also spot the incredibly coloured wompoo fruit-dove (cool name!) and the bowerbird. We all know what they sound like!
The park is a great daytrip from Coffs Harbour, and you can spend your time birdwatching (gotta find that pademelon!), or you can relax at a scenic picnic area and BBQ spots for lunch. There are (shhhh) secret waterfalls, as well as rainforest walks. The views from the elevated walk are incredible, and kids can actually see from the forest all the way to the ocean!
The Dorrigo Rainforest Centre is home to interesting interactive displays which can guide every family member, no matter what age, through the various aspects of this World Heritage listed rainforest.
It is also the starting point of the Skywalk! Here you can experience a birds eye view from the look out, and you are perched on the very edge! You will see the whole park and the Bellinger Valley, right to the coast. Have a look how the landscape has been sculpted and folded into the various hills, gorges, and slopes. Try and look right into the rainforest canopy too! It's pretty incredible! What can you see?
A fascinating nature filled day for the nature loving family!
When can we go?
9am to 4.30pm.
Open daily (except Christmas Day)
They have several school excursions available. It's a great place for kids to learn about the outdoors and the various wildlife..
The refurbished Canopy Cafe (open 9am to 4pm, seven days a week) offers delicious lunches, gourmet cakes and great coffee. Make sure you stay hydrated when out for the day, especially in summer!.
Any Top Tips?
To get the most out of a visit from out of town, look into a guided tour in advance. There are a number of really knowledgable guides who specialise in various aspects of the wildlife and history of the park, so there is bound to be something to suit your kids' interests..
Need a little extra help?
All facilities are accessible, and there is a wheelchair and child carrypack available..
Can I get one of those?
The Rainforest Shop sells specialised books and guides, posters, prints, cards, local crafts, t-shirts and souvenirs with a rainforest theme. Make sure you stop by!.
What people are saying?
by Kat Hack
absolutely stunning forest and walk. The video in the rainforest centre was informative and the lady at the desk was very friendly explaining the walks. The track is sealed and easy. They advise 2 and a half hours but i took about an hour and a half and i stopped lots and took many photos. Just magnificent.
by Michael Turtle
A fantastic national park that's so different to most parts of the state. The rainforests feel so atmospheric and the tracks through it have been put together well. You can easily spend a few hours exploring - and it's all just a short trip from the coastal holiday towns.
by Roman Ferdman
One of the best jungle walks! recommended for the entire family. This is a free entrance site. incredible nature. You walk straight through the jungle on a concrete pathway.
by Conroy-Groom Family
From the the Rainforest Visitors Centre you can do walks up to about 6 km through A-grade rain forest and very well-maintained tracks. The Centre's cafe serves excellent fruit drinks - try something with mint and ginger.
by A Google User
The place is absolutely fantastic. THe walk to waterfalls is long but pretty enjoyable.
I rated it 4 and not 5 is because of Canopy Cafe. The food is really really good but the servers are really bad. They have this unnecessary attitude.
They really need to do something about it. My entire experience of park was poiled because I had food at the cafe.