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Dorrigo to Never Never

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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.

If you are feeling energetic you can take the 2.5hr Wonga Walk, down to the Crystal Showers Falls and back, or to get a feel for the rainforest and its birdlife, the short Walk with the Birds boardwalk will take you deep beneath the canopy and among the trees and vines in only 200 metres.
Leaving the carpark, continue along Dome Road for 10km. Eight km of this road to the Never Never is unsealed but you will drive by soft rolling hills as you are drawn to the far end of the Dorrigo National Park where you will drive through a tunnel of rainforest, first a regrowth coachwood forest - the original trees were logged during the 2nd World War to send to Britain to be made frames for bomber aircraft.
The forest gets denser and you have a sense of going deeper and deeper into the real heart of a rainforest. At the end of the road there are beautiful secluded picnic grounds including a substantial covered gallery if the weather is inclement. Here you can picnic and barbecue (wood and all facilities provided by National Parks).

 

There are three splendid walking tracks for the adventurous, and you can walk for 2 to 5 hours depending an how much time you have. There are three beautiful waterfalls on these walks and you can swim just above the Coachwood Falls, which is along the Rosewood Creek Track.
Return on the same road, passing the Rainforest Centre again (or maybe stop and visit the Canopy Cafe) until you reach the Waterfall Way, where you turn left towards Bellingen. Drive about 2km to the top of the Dorrigo Mountain where the Lookout Motor Inn is situated. Turn right here and go past the Motor Inn for 1 km where there is a left hand turn and a sign pointing to Griffiths Lookout.
It's 4km along the road, right to the end, where there are breathtaking wilderness views of the unfolding Great Divide looking due south.? To the South-east you will see the Pacific Ocean right down to Kempsey, 100km away.

There's an interesting interpretive display sign here and picnic tables beside the award winning Landcare Project that the neighbours along this road have initiated to help restore rainforest. If you look across the farms on your return, you will see where farmers have planted trees along their creeks and on top of the hills to protect the waterways and provide windbreaks. This group of farmers has consistently won State awards for their landcare and rivercare initiatives.
Return to Waterfall Way, and turn left to drive 4km back into Dorrigo.? When you reach the Monument, turn right on Hickory Street, and drive 2 km north of Dorrigo to Dangar Falls - a 30 metre waterfall with easy access from your car to a viewing platform which to take your photo.? For the energetic there is a walk to the bottom of the Falls, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim.

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