DORRIGO

About Dorrigo

Dorrigo is situated on the Dorrigo Plateau near the edge of the New England escarpment above the Bellinger Valley.It is a quiet rural service town surrounded by rich agricultural lands which are predominantly used for sheep and cattle. The area is noted for its large number of waterfalls and bushwalks. Its location on the edge of the escarpment results in a number of impressively panoramic views across the Bellinger Valley.In keeping with the district’s long tradition of timber cutting most of the streets in the town are named after timbers – thus Cypress, Mahogany, Ash, Tallowood, Rosewood, Hickory, Myrtle, Kurrajong and so on.
Read more on the Aussie Towns website

Find out more about Dorrigo area from these links…

Accommodation

Staying at:Dorrigo Mountain Holiday ParkWikiCamps Link
Address:3991 Waterfall Way DorrigoTel: (02) 6657 2564
Google Maps route:Approx 124kms & 1hr 31mins from Armidale
Arrival date:Friday 14th May 2021
Staying for:3 nights
Departure date:Monday 17th May 2021
Accom notes:There is NO dump point in the park, but there is a Council operated dump point on the western edge of town near the intersection of Waterfall Way & Oak Street (WikiCamps maplink)
2 sites do have their own fireplaces and there is a communal fireplace for use. Guests that are allocated sites with cement slabs are welcome to have above ground braziers on their slabs. Fires or above ground braziers are not allowed on grassy sites

Places of interest in the area

Tourist Info

The nearest tourist info centre is the Dorrigo Visitor Information Centre, located at 36 Hickory Street Dorrigo - 1.5km north of the CP. Tel: (02) 6657 2486

Here’s some suggestions of places to visit and things to do around Dorrigo:

Ebor Falls

A great stop-off between the coast and Armidale along Waterfall Way, Ebor Falls offers spectacular waterfall views, scenic lookouts and a picnic area.

Dangar Falls

The falls are small but picturesque, and are a popular photographic subject.
For a short time after rain they are quite spectacular.
There is an attractive picnic spot which offers excellent views.

Walk with the Birds Boardwalk & Skywalk Lookout

Get high among the rainforest trees along the elevated Walk with the Birds boardwalk, in Dorrigo National Park. This fully-accessible walkway, elevated above the forest floor, offers unique forest views and close-up birdwatching opportunities.

Directly connected to Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, Skywalk lookout offers a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding landscape. Perched right on the edge of the escarpment, the views take in Bellinger Valley to the coast with deep valleys and gorges, blanketed in a rich rainforest. If birdwatching is of interest, look for regent bowerbirds, topknot pigeons and grey goshawks.

Fishing

The Bielsdown River flows through the middle of the town. In less than a 5 minute walk from Dorrigo’s shopping and accommodation centre you can be soaking a worm, casting a small lure or a wet or dry fly for rainbow trout up to 2.5 kg.

  • The fishing around Dorrigo is varied as rain and spring fed streams flow through open highland meadows around Ebor. More information may be found on the Destination Dorrigo website.
  • TIP: A current NSW Fishing Licence is required unless you have a Govt Pensioner Card.

Bird Watching

With hundreds of recorded bird species, Dorrigo is a veritable bird lovers’ paradise.

If you’re interested in birds, you can download the Bellingen and Dorrigo birdwatching guide, suggesting good places to go bird watching and explaining what species you may encounter along with the comprehensive list of all the species such as the eastern whip birds, satin Bower Birds, Lyrebirds, Bassian Thrush, and more.

Dorrigo Steam Railway and Museum

The Dorrigo Steam Railway & Museum in is a large, privately owned collection of railway vehicles and equipment from the railways of NSW, covering both Government and private railways. The collection dates from 1878 until 1985.

NOTE:The museum is closed to the public but you can check it out from Railway Street, just north of town.

Nearest Supermarkets & Bottle Shops