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What can you expect from this walk?

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Group guided

Highlights:

  • 7 day itinerary
  • Stunning bird life
  • Delightful waterfalls along the way including Australia’s second highest waterfall, Wollomombi Falls
  • Explore escarpments of New England National Park, Dorrigo, Dangars Gorge, Cathedral Rocks and more
  • Expansive gorge views
  • World Heritage rainforests

Overview:

Waterfall Way is an untapped, raw landscape which offers an abundant array of fauna and flora. A truly eclectic environment which includes World Heritage rainforests, waterfalls and escarpment country. The walking is stunningly diverse, expect hiking through mountain ranges, subtropical rainforests and beside delightful streams.

Dorrigo National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area offers stunning scenery that has been millions of years in the making. Venture onto Skywalk for a bird’s eye view of the rain­ forest canopy. You can see over the remote Bellinger Valley and all the way to the ocean. The massive rainforest trees nearly blot out the sky, leaving numerous palms, vines, creepers and ground covers struggling to catch whatever sunlight they can.

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More on what you'll see

Waterfalls on the Guy Fawkes River plunge over steep basalt ledges into a vast wilderness area. Marvel at Wollomombi Falls, the highest waterfall in NSW and the second highest in all of Australia.

At Cathedral Rock you’ll find Snowgums and huge granite boulders that agile walkers can climb to the top of. New England National Park reaches 1564 metres above sea level and there’s nothing to interrupt the view. This park is a mysterious melting pot and a truly eclectic environment. The scenery could be right out of the Lord of the Rings, with Antarctic beech trees draped in mosses and lichen.

Challenge yourself on a long gorge hike at Dangar Falls. Lookouts along the route offer stunning views over astonishing wild gorge country.

Of course as always with an Auswalk holiday we can’t think of a better way to reward a captivating day on the trail than a delicious meal, a glass (or two) of local wine and a comfortable bed, all good preparation for the next day of amazing walking. We invite you to join us on this fabulous walk.

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More Details

Location

Starts and finishes at Coffs Harbour on the northern NSW coast.

Grading

This trip operates with two guides so we can offer easier and harder walk options along the way. Each national park is different and each offers a good choice of easier and harder options. Full day hikes average 12-18km.

For more detailed information including daily walk distances and times please download our Fact Sheet below.

Accommodation

We will stay at motels on every night of this holiday which have all been hand picked. You will experience an “olde English” style town, Celtic charm and a peaceful bushland setting.

What’s included

Two guides, all transport from Coffs Harbour, 6 nights accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps & map case & info pack.

What’s not included

Alcohol, meals not listed in itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

The best time to go

Late autumn & early winter is best as there’s usually little if any rain or humidity and the temperatures are mild.

See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

Regional food and wine

This region is noted for its strong focus on traditional farming such as beef, sheep, poultry, grains, dairy and pasture. It’s also an emerging wine region.

The Itinerary

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Day 1

This holiday starts in Coffs Harbour. It’s a short drive up into the mountains to the Dorrigo National Park. Our first experience will be viewing the forest from the tree tops on Sky Walk. Next we’ll walk through the rainforest on the Wonga Walk. After lunch at the cafe (not included) we’ll hike in the more remote Never Never section of the Dorrigo National Park. The track passes through dry rainforest and there are many delightful waterfalls along the way.

Accommodation: Motel in Dorrigo

Day 2

The day starts with short walks to visit Dangar Falls and Ebor Falls. Then it’s a longer walk in the Cathedral Rocks National Park. Here, agile walkers will have the opportunity to scramble to the top of a huge boulder stack for impressive 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside. Further along the hike are Woolpack Rocks, with a much easier ascent that most people should enjoy.

Accommodation: Motel in Dorrigo

Day 3

A full day hike in the New England National Park. Highlights include hobbit-like forests at Point Lookout and magnificent Wrights Lookout overlooking vast tracts of World Heritage wilderness. Then it’s on to Armidale and, being autumn, there should be some excellent autumn leaf displays in this very olde English town.

Accommodation: Motel in Armidale

Day 4

Wollomombi Falls, the second highest waterfall in Australia, is on today’s agenda. The walking here will have your camera working overtime! At Gara Gorge you’ll learn about the marvellous engineering feat back in the gold rush days when they piped water via wooden flumes to generate electricity.

Accommodation: Motel in Armidale

Day 5

A full day hike at Dangar’s Gorge today. This is wilderness walking at its best and those seeking a challenge will not be disappointed. There are expansive gorge views, plummeting waterfalls and remote countryside on this hike. Then it’s on to Glen Innes, the home of the Celtic Standing Stones.

Accommodation: Motel in Glen Innes

Day 6

The final day’s walking is in the Gibraltar Range National Park. There are tree gern gullies, patches of rainforest, fabulous birdlife and of course waterfalls. We’ll do two walks here and enjoy a BBQ lunch. Then it’s down towards the coast.

Accommodation: Motel in Grafton

Day 7

After breakfast we will get on the road to head back to Coffs Harbour with an expected arrival time of around 11am.

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$ 2795 per person twin/double share
$ 595 Single Supplement (private room)

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