The 191 kilometre Waterfall Way is one of the world's most scenic drives. The road winds upwards from the Pacific Highway near Coffs Harbour to Armidale on the New England Tablelands. This breathtaking journey is the perfect way to experience the diversity of the changing landscape of the Great Dividing Range from the pristine coastal beaches climbing through lush tropical rainforest to the wide open plains of New England.
Along the way you won't be able to resist stopping at the pretty market town of Bellingen renowned for its quality arts and crafts, its markets and a Jazz festival each August. The drive also provides the perfect opportunity to explore the Dorrigo World Heritage National Park.
The Waterfall Way takes you through or close to several National Parks including Dorrigo, New England, Oxley and Cathedral Rock and there are many thrilling lookout points along the way.
Two kilometres north of Dorrigo town centre is Dangar Falls, a beautiful 30-metre waterfall set amidst scenic agricultural and dairy farmland. There's a car park, a viewing platform, picnic tables and a walking trail that leads you to the river at the bottom of the waterfall. The viewing platform offers a great vantage point and excellent photo opportunity of the falls. Dangar Falls is signposted from Dorrigo town.
The museum is devoted to the authentic preservation of all manner of items from the railways of New South Wales, as well as the Glenreagh to Dorrigo branch railway line. While not open to the public just yet, but check back soon. Some of the collection is available for viewing from the fence.
Griffith Lookout, on the other side of the Waterfall Way from Dorrigo National Park, offers some of the most superb views on the Coffs Coast.
You'll enjoy breathtaking wilderness views of the Great Dividing Range unfolding before you looking south.
To the east, you'll see the Pacific Ocean and, on clear days, right down to Kempsey some 100 kilometres away. Located among farms, the lookout point has an interesting interpretive display sign and picnic tables.
From Waterfall Way, turn into Maynard Plans Road near the Lookout Motor Inn and, after one kilometre, you'll see a sign on the left pointing to Griffiths Lookout, which is another four kilometres along, at the end of the road.
Learn about the National Park's flora and fauna in the intriguing education area at the Dorrigo National Park Rainforest Centre. The centre provides information, a shop, an exhibition and cafe. An interactive display guides visitors of all ages through different aspects of this World Heritage-listed rainforest, and staff can provide detailed information on National Parks throughout north-east NSW.
Dorrigo National Park provides everyone, even those who are wheelchair-bound, the opportunity to experience the unique rainforest environment.
The Rainforest Centre has an educational interpretation centre. From here you can take a stroll on the popular Skywalk walkway and lookout platform over the escarpment edge for a close up view of the rainforest canopy. The boardwalk takes you over the top of the rainforest canopy, providing magnificent views over the rainforest, down to the Bellinger Valley and sometimes as far as the Pacific Ocean.
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Bangalore Falls is a must-see destination within Bindarri National Park. These spectacular waterfalls are easily accessible, yet in a beautiful, remote location. It's an easy 500m walk from the car park, and the views are outstanding all year round. Admire the views of the cascading waters and snatch glances into the Bangalore Gorge from the lookout. Wander back to ... Visit website for more info
Just 20km inland from Coffs Harbour, Bindarri National Park is a beautiful natural playground just waiting to be explored. See the headwaters of Urumbilum River drop over the Great Escarpment, carving a series of spectacular waterfalls in its rugged mountain ravine. Drive through pockets of old-growth forest, lush subtropical rainforest, and tall eucalypt forests, while catching glimpses of the ... Visit website for more info
MossGrove is a charming federation home set on six acres, located on the cool climate Dorrigo Plateau, and only eight kilometres from Dorrigo and World Heritage National Parks. They sit in a strategic part of the 'Coffs Coast' only a half hour, scenic drive along the Waterfall Way from Bellingen, one hour from Coffs Harbour, and one and a half hours from Armidale.
Set amongst two acres of lovely established gardens, featuring a productive olive grove and bonsai tree gallery, MossGrove offers quality, luxury accommodation; private sitting room, own facilities and an extensive breakfast menu.
Whether you enjoy dining on the veranda in summer or relaxing by the wood fire in the cooler months, your stay at MossGrove will be a memorable one....
The museum is devoted to the authentic preservation of all manner of items from the railways of New South Wales, as well as the Glenreagh to Dorrigo branch railway line. While not open to the public just yet, but check back soon. Some of the collection is available for viewing from the fence....
Misty Mountain Getaway in Dorrigo is your chance to immerse yourself in a range of patchwork workshops. With over 25 tutors from all over Australia, there is sure to be a number of patchwork workshops for you.
The Getaway is just that, Getaway to Dorrigo and create Reproduction Quilts, Japanese Traditions, The Art Quilt Process, Memory Journals, Rainforest Scenes, Needle Turn Appliqué, painting scenes with fabric and threads, Felting, just to name a few. Six classes per day, over six days.
Each year during the Getaway they focus on fundraising. The fundraising is for the local Hospital and all proceeds are handed over to the Ladies Auxiliary for them to purchase what they see is going to be of benefit.
Please enjoy discovering what is on offer at the 2016 Misty Mountain Getaway. Don't forget to book your place at the Welcome and Farewell Dinners!...
The Lookout Mountain Retreat comprising 26 beautifully appointed suites and family units complete with undercover walkways and onsite and conference facilities. The Lookout can easily cater for large groups, wedding receptions and corporate events.