Dorrigo National Park is is a NSW National Park about 1 hour from Coffs harbour. Or, if like me, you judge distance by proximity to epic bakeries, then Dorrigo national park is 30 minutes from Bellingen, which happens to be home to one of my favourite sourdough and pie bakeries in Australia, Hearthfire.
Dorrigo is located on Waterfall Way, a scenic 185km drive from Armidale to Coffs Harbour that passes through many beautiful national parks that are home to gorgeous waterfalls of varying sizes.
All the up to date info from NSW National Parks can be found here
Dorrigo skywalk gives you a birds-eye view of the national park and surrounding areas, it's also a fab spot to birdwatch if that is your boogie. The skywalk is 70m long and is located next to the Dorrigo Rainforest centre and Cafe, a great spot to grab cuppa after checking out the skywalk and surrounding hikes.
One of the hikes we did whilst at the park was the Wonga Walk. This is a 7km circuit that passes through lush rainforest, past waterfalls and across a suspension bridge. The loop passes via Crystal Shower Falls, a waterfall that you're able to walk beneath, it's pretty spectacular!
Whilst visiting the national park and surrounds we stayed at Dorrigo Showgrounds for $25 for one night, which felt quite pricey given we also had to pay $1 for hot showers, the following night we stayed at Roses Park Rest Area for free!
Also whilst in the area we visited the town of Bellingen, hit the markets and the bakery (as mentioned above) and the Coffs Harbour mountain bike park before heading to the coast.
Looking for a little outdoor adventure whilst in Kangaroo Valley? Something to take up a couple of hours time, but not your whole day? Well, my friends, you've come to the right place, I think I have the answer. The Three Views Walking Track in Morton National Park.
Located less than 20 minutes drive from the centre of Kangaroo Valley town this hike is a fun and rewarding trail with, you guessed it, three epic views.
The views are:
The trail is slightly under 10km long if all three viewpoints are visited. You can cut it down to less to suit your own time and distance goals. The trail is pretty flat for the most part with very little elevation gain, making it a nice and easy one for a variety of levels of fitness.
If you only have time to visit one of the viewpoints we highly recommend Shoalhaven River View. This viewpoint was beautiful and open giving wide-ranging views over the national park and surrounding area.
The time it took us to complete the Three Views hike was a little under two hours. Being such walkable terrain with very little vertical gain it was a pretty quick trail to complete.
It's also important for us to note that the track is very exposed, so if you're hiking in the summer months bring plenty of fluids and watch out for our reptilian friends (snakes)!
The Warrumbungles National Park in central west NSW is something you need to add to your bucket list. Not only does it have some of the most stunning hikes we've ever done in Australia, but it is also Australia's only dark sky park, meaning that the sights at night time are equally impressive.
Famous for both the Grand High Tops and Breadknife hikes, the Warrumbungles landscape scattered with large rock formations, is unlike anywhere else in Australia. There are hikes for all levels of fitness, making this park fun for the whole family.
To access the NSW National Parks Brochure on Warrumbungle National Park click HERE
HOT TIP: Always check the Local Alerts for the park you are visiting to check out what areas are open and closed to help you plan your visit.
There are 2 car accessible campgrounds in the Warrumbungles National Park; Camp Blackman and Camp Wambelong. As well as these, there are multiple walk or hike-in camp sites.
We chose to stay in Blackman 2. This decision was largely based on the view of Split Rock from our campsite, as well as the showers - who doesn't want a hot shower after a long day hiking?
DID YOU KNOW? Due to COVID-19 all NSW National Parks campgrounds need to be pre-booked (even the free ones!) As a lot of the campgrounds are remote (and with minimal, if any, cell service) it helps to book before you get there - especially for the popular ones!
An overview of all the hikes we did whilst in the Warrumbungles.
As well as a description and some stats, we've popped a link to our Strava activity files on there to give a little more in-depth information on distance, elevation and time.
Still on our list of hikes to do in the park is Mount Exmouth!
Breadknife and Grand High Tops (return via West Spirey Creek)
Gould's Circuit & Bluff Mountain
If you add in Gould's Circuit and Bluff Mountain to your Grand High Tops Adventure then the entire hike will be closer to 18km. Gould's Circuit is mostly single track and easy to follow, whereas Bluff Mountain is steeper and not all on formed track - bushwalking experience required.
Both additions were well worth it and we highly recommend adding them in if you're up for a bigger day out!
All up our round trip was around 5 hours including lunch & photo stops.
Gould's circuit (via Febar and Macha Tor) can be accessed without having to do the full large loop, and works out to be a 6.3k circuit from Pincham Car park. This hike is graded as moderate to steep.
Split Rock Circuit
Tara Hands Cave
Whilst we were unable to complete with walk with a local guide due to Covid - 19 restrictions, we strongly recommend you do this via the Aboriginal Discovery Program that is normally offered at the park.
Well, what are you waiting for? Book your trip to the Warrumbungles ASAP! You won't be disappointed.
G'day I'm Bec
I'm an Aussie who loves travelling, hiking, trail running and pretty much any activity you can do outdoors.
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