The rainfall and the deep rich volcanic soils are factors that contribute to abundant growth of trees and shrubs in Dorrigo. Our civic forefathers have planted public gardens and reserves. Many of these have walking and cycling tracks, tables and bbq facilities which are used by locals and visitors. All of our parks are beautiful serene areas maintained, with pride, by locals and Bellingen Shire Council gardeners and outdoor staff.
Passionate locals have established many private 'oases'. Several of these are occassionally open, whilst others are associated with Bed and Breakfast businesses.
The Dangar Falls Reserve contains a mixture of native and introduced plant species. There is a well maintained walkway that passes by the Labyrinth through the Antarctic Beech forest and then to the base of the Falls. This is a very popular swimming location especially in Summer.
This Reserve is subject to a detailed, lengthy, recently adopted which details the geology and botany of this area.
A park commemorates Trooper Mark Donaldson who was awarded the Victoria Cross (V.C.) for his actions in Afghanistan.
A shelter includes three panels outlining the history of the Victoria Cross, information about the conflict in Afghanistan, and the role of Special Air Service (SAS) troops there, plus one about Mark Donaldson himself and his connection with Dorrigo.
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A beautiful park on the western side of Waterfall Way as you enter Dorrigo from the East.
The park is edged by a stunning row of magnolias and contains a diverse range of native and introduced species.
The park is named in honour of Norm Johnsen who worked tirelessly for the Bellingen Shire and Dorrigo in particular in the establishment and maintenance of many parks and gardens.