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Top Dorrigo Drives

Top Dorrigo Self Driving tours

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Here we have a selection of the best 'self drive tours' with route descriptions and interactive maps. Please check on traffic conditions HERE before planning your trip.


waterfall way scenic drive mossgrove 03The 191 kilometre Waterfall Way is one of the world's most scenic drives and recommended as a detour off the Pacific Coast Drive. The road winds upwards from the Pacific Highway from Coffs Harbour, through the delightful town of Dorrigo, and on to Armidale on the New England Tablelands.

deervaleDorrigo - Fernbrook Loop Road - Deervale Loop Road – Dorrigo 3 hrs

Visit Dorrigo and look around the shops and galleries. Have a coffee at one of the cafes in town, then take this delightful little drive.

For a relaxing farmland and forest drive, take the Waterfall Way about 10km out of Dorrigo and watch for the Fernbrook Loop Road sign off the to the right. 
It's only about 5km loop but it's high and you'll look north over the Little Murray River and grazing country.

When you reach the Waterfall Way again drive on another 5km to the Deer Vale Road which is another loop road and this will bring you back to within 5km of Dorrigo. 
This is mostly forested with a nature reserve on the left. You'll cross the Little Murray River that you saw above on the Fernbrook Loop Road.

cathedral-rock-walkDorrigo - Ebor – Cathedral Rock – Dorrigo Half day

This could be a half day drive, or if you're energetic and want to see the fabulous views from Cathedral Rock, it could take a little longer. Enjoy a picnic lunch.

Take the Armidale Road out to the little village of Ebor.

1km past the town you come to the right-hand turn-off to the falls. Park your car and view the Upper Falls from the viewing platform then walk the 600 meters along the escarpment to view the Lower and Upper Falls - this makes a great photo. From this viewing platform you will be looking left over the thrilling wilderness area of Guy Fawkes National Park - so named because it was discovered by Guy Fawkes on the 5th November.

never never picnic area dorrigo mossgroveDorrigo - Never Never Picnic Area - Griffiths Lookout - Dorrigo
If you are staying two nights, you could spend the day in between exploring the highlights of Dorrigo, taking a picnic lunch or visiting the Canopy Cafe at the Rainforest Centre, or one of the cafes in town for your lunch.  Start at the World Heritage listed Dorrigo National Park, and visit the Rainforest Centre. Here you will find a very well stocked shop, with the regularly changing exhibition space, and a very interesting interactive exhibition and continuous screening of a film on rainforests. You can stroll along the Skywalk which provides a magnificent view over the rainforest canopy and as far as the Pacific Ocean. The facilities are all wheelchair accessible, which means that even those who are less mobile can experience this unique rainforest environment.

platapus flatDorrigo - Old Coast Road - Cedar Grove- Moonpah Forest Drive - Norman Jolly Memorial Grove – Platypus Flat – Dorrigo

On this day you can spend a few hours simply driving and looking, or even better, take a picnic lunch to enjoy beside the Nymboida River at Platypus Flat, and make a day of it.

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