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Self Drive Tours

Top Dorrigo Self Driving tours

The Waterfall Way Features and Attractions

fallsThe 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 delightfull town of Dorrigo, and on 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.

Dorrigo to Point Lookout - Geological Self Tour - Ebor Volcano

ebor volcano complex dorrigoPoint Lookout is within the New England National Park off the Waterfall Way about 75 km from Armidale and 60 km from Dorrigo in the Northern Tablelands of northern New South Wales. The site is on the very edge of the Great Escarpment, within rocks of the Ebor Volcano.

Two walks are recommended to provide a cross section through some of the rocks of the Ebor Volcano:

  • The Eagles Nest Lookout loop track from Point Lookout, which travels for 2.5 km through several lavas of different compositions as well as the ancient soil horizons between lava flows
  • The Wrights Lookout walk, which examines some of the volcanic rocks at the base of the lavas and an unusual trachyte intrusion which is part of the Ebor Volcano.

Dorrigo to Cathederal Rock - Geological Self Tour

Cathedral Rock National Park is situated on the Waterfall Way about 75 km from Armidale and 60 km from Dorrigo in the Northern Tablelands of northern New South Wales. The park exhibits granite landforms which include photogenic giant tors that are typical of many parts of the granite-rich New England region.

The park includes a number of formed walking tracks:

The Cathedral Rock track is an easy three hour circuit, (5.8 km) beginning at the Barokee Rest Area. The walk crosses both swampy and rocky country. A 400 m track branches off near the summit of Cathedral Rock. There are rewarding views from the top.

Dorrrigo to Never Never

trip planner griffiths lookoutDorrigo - 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.

Dorrigo Loop Roads

dorrigo loop roadsDorrigo - 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.

Dorrigo to Platypus Flat

dorrigo 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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