Waterfall Way is located 23km south of Coffs Harbour, beginning at Raleigh and winding 165km through Dorrigo National Park, Ebor, Guy Fawkes River National Park, New England National Park and Oxley Wild Rivers National Park and ending at Armidale. This magnificent route through the tablelands finds an abundance of waterfalls and spectacular scenery.
The first set of falls is Newell Falls which is just north of Thora, some 26km on. These roadside falls do not set the standard of what’s to come so keep on driving and enjoy the scenery. Sherrad Falls is further along and is similar to Newell, however the bridge is one-way traffic and there is no stopping allowed.
Dorrigo Rainforest Centre on Dome Rd just south of Dorrigo in the national park is where the waterfall journey really begins. The centre has plenty of visitor information and local knowledge about the region, an interpretive centre and gift shop. Wander along the 75m skywalk through lush rainforest to overlook the mountains and valleys beyond.
Crystal Shower Falls is south of the rainforest centre in Dorrigo National Park. A 3.5km return walk from Glade Picnic Area through beautiful rainforest vegetation finds these stunning falls. You actually walk behind the showering falls and around to a footbridge crossing the creek for a head on view.
Dangar Falls is 1km north of Dorrigo on Coramba Rd. The wide and powerful falls are very picturesque and are viewed from the carpark which is convenient.
Ebor Falls is in Guy Fawkes National Park which is northwest of the Ebor township. The three tiered falls power down the Guy Fawkes River Gorge and are magnificent. The 600m walk between the upper and lower falls offers some fabulous scenery of gorge country or alternatively parking is available at both falls.
A free camp is located opposite the Ebor Falls turnoff on Waterfall Way for those not venturing far into the national parks where designated camps are available. The grassy area has a concrete pad, picnic shelter and pit toilet. Take note that the area can get quite muddy during rain periods.
New England National Park access is 7km south of Ebor. An interesting attraction before the park entrance is the Dutton Trout Hatchery 3km in. This NSW Fisheries initiative breeds Trout to restock the local waterways. From young fingerlings to mature trout of varying ages, they are all held here at the hatchery until released into the wild. The trout experience involves an informative video presentation and self guided tour of the hatchery with a bag full of pellets to feed the fish. The hatchery is open daily between 9am and 4pm and entry fees are $3.30 per adult and $1.10 per child or pensioner.
The New England park entrance is 11km on and boasts magnificent Gondwana Beech Forests
clad with moss and lichen and the overall effect is comparable to an enchanted forest. Weeping Rock
is a 950m moderate walk from the Banksia Point Picnic Area through breathtaking scenery of the weeping beech forest. The moss clad boulders and trunks, brilliant green ferns, weeping mossy trees and the constant trickling waters of weeping rock compliment each other beautifully in this captivating forest.
involves an easy 500m walk through lichen encrusted forest to a lookout point offering 180 degree views over mountainous terrain towards the Pacific Ocean on a clear day. Due to the high altitude of over 1500m the air often becomes misty and temperatures can cool down rapidly. Take note there is an enclosed picnic shelter with a fireplace here, the perfect spot for lunch or a cuppa on a cold day.
is in the northern tip of the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park further along Waterfall Way. The gorge is a short drive in and there are lookouts 75m and 400m from the car park, the latter having the best views. Wollomombi are the second highest sheer drop falls in Australia at 220m and are very impressive.
Garra Gorge is part of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park and is accessible east of Armidale and 15km in. The gorge is a day use area only and offers a picturesque river setting and a great spot for trout fishing. A 5.5km bushwalking circuit explores the gorge and the historic hydro-electricity scheme site.
Waterfall Way ends some 40km west at Armidale. This incredibly scenic journey can involve exploring more falls in the national parks should you have plenty of time to delve deeper, however this selection of falls covers many of the main attractions without having to deviate too far from the main route. Waterfall Way is a fabulous discovery trail and a visual feast just waiting for you to appreciate it.
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Destinations in New South Wales
Bundjalung National Park
Mt Warning National Park
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park
Royal National Park
Yuraygir National Park
Return from Waterfall Way to New South Wales