New England National Park

Accommodation

In the forest around Point Lookout in New England National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)With spectacular lookouts and the magnificent Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area on your doorstep the New England National Park cabins provide an unforgettable holiday experience.

Walk for days on over 20 km of tracks through snow gum woodland, Antarctic Beech rainforest and mountain heath or visit nearby Cathedral Rock or Oxley Wild Rivers national parks.

The Residence and The Chalet have similar levels of comfort and facilities, sleeping ten and six respectively. Large groups can book both as they are located together at Banksia Point.

Further away Toms Cabin offers rustic bushwalkers accommodation with bunk beds and no electricity.

The Point Lookout area is just one hour's drive from Armidale or Dorrigo on the scenic Waterfall Way and two hours by car from Coffs Harbour airport.

The Chalet (1 bedrooms, up to 5 people)

Wheelchair access: medium
Assistance may be required to access this area.

Enjoying the view from the deck of The Chalet in New England National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Sitting on the edge of the escarpment, The Chalet is a cosy cabin surrounded by tall forest. Just the right size for small families and couples, it’s a perfect accommodation choice for those looking to get away from it all and immerse themselves in the wild.

Head off on Weeping Rock walking track just near the cabin and join Lyrebird walking track for a journey that will take you along the cliff face with its dripping waters and icicles, through lush ferns in World Heritage rainforest, and finish with spectacular views from Point lookout.

Relax on the deck, admire the beautiful mountain views and watch for the evening serenade of the local lyrebirds.

Snuggle up under your warm doona for a comfy night’s sleep, then wake to the sound of birdsong in the trees and a hot brekkie, ready for another unforgettable day in nature.

Activities: day walking, photography, wildlife watching, birdwatching, picnics and barbecues, sightseeing

Getting there: On entering New England National Park:

  • Continue on Point Lookout Road
  • The Chalet is located at Banksia Point, approximately 14km along Point Lookout Road just before you arrive at Point lookout.

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles.

Water supply: tap water sourced from nearby spring; not treated or monitored.

Other facilities in accommodation:

  • trio bunk (double below with single above) and two single bunk beds (maximum 5)
  • fully furnished with lounge and dining seating for 6
  • full kitchen facilities with fridge, stove, microwave oven, toaster, electric jug, crockery and cutlery
  • bathroom with shower
  • reverse-cycle air conditioning
  • gas barbecue on outside deck.

What to bring: as mattresses only are provided bring warm bedding including pillows and linen such as sheets, towels, bath mats and tea towels.

Be prepared for cold and wet weather at any time of year. No smoking.

Accommodation fees: $105 per night (2-person inclusive). $15 per night for each additional adult (minimum 2-night stay).

Not permitted here:

  • Dogs.
  • Other domestic animals or pets. Visitors with pets can stay at private accommodation outside the park.

Online bookings: use a secure payment facility to book online

Alternatively, please contact the Customer Experience Team on 13000 PARKS (13000 72757) to make a booking.

NB: All reservations incur a booking fee of 2.5% in addition to the total amount payable.

Contact: Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, Phone: (02) 6657 2309

Outside view of The Chalet accommodation in New England National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Bedroom in The Chalet in New England National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Side view of The Chalet accommodation in New England National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Living area in The Chalet in New England National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)View from Point Lookout in New England National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)

The Residence (3 bedrooms, up to 10 people)

Wheelchair access: medium
Assistance may be required to access this area.

The Residence at Point Lookout in New England National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Located at Banksia Point, The Residence offers a cosy weekend retreat and a place to recharge. There’s plenty of room in this fully-furnished cottage, making it an ideal accommodation option for a family holiday or a group looking for a base to explore.

You could easily gaze out the large windows all day, admiring the leafy green forest outlook, yet there are spectacular lookouts and the magnificent World Heritage Gondwana rainforests right on your doorstep to discover.

Pack a picnic and head off on Wrights lookout walking track to experience the views from the open rocky plateau. In spring, you’ll also be treated to colourful displays of wildflowers in bloom.

After a peaceful night’s sleep, wake the kids for a sunrise experience they won’t forget. Looking out over the mist-covered wilderness at Point lookout, there’s no better way to start a new day.

Activities: day walking, photography, wildlife watching, birdwatching, picnics and barbecues, sightseeing

Getting there: On entering New England National Park:

  • Continue on Point Lookout Road
  • The Residence is located at Banksia Point, approximately 14km along Point Lookout Road, just before you arrive at Point lookout.

Road access: Sealed road - 2WD vehicles.

Water supply: tap water sourced from nearby spring; not treated or monitored.

Other facilities: adjacent picnic area has tables, wood barbecues, a lookout and access to walking tracks

Accommodation fees: $105 per night (2-person inclusive). $15 per night for each additional adult (minimum 2-night stay).

Not permitted here:

  • Dogs.
  • Other domestic animals or pets. Visitors with pets can stay at private accommodation outside the park.

Online bookings: use a secure payment facility to book online

Alternatively, please contact the Customer Experience Team on 13000 PARKS (13000 72757) to make a booking.

NB: All reservations incur a booking fee of 2.5% in addition to the total amount payable.

Contact: Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, Phone: (02) 6657 2309

The Residence at Point Lookout in New England National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Living area in The Residence in New England National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Living area in The Residence in New England National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Sunrise from Banksia Point, adjacent to The Residence in New England National Park (Image: R Webster/DECCW)

Toms Cabin (2 bedrooms, up to 8 people)

Wheelchair access: hard
Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty

Toms Cabin in New England National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Toms Cabin offers basic accommodation for nature lovers who love walking, right in the heart of the park. Great for a family holiday, or a weekend with friends, it provides a comfortable base with rustic charm to explore the natural wonders around you.

Wander to the nearby creek and find a spot to sit and watch the local birds and other wildlife. The kids will love splashing in the creek and you might be lucky enough to see a passing wallaby or lyrebird.

Stroll along Tea Tree Falls walking track to discover ancient beech forest with weeping papillaria moss on the way. Have a picnic lunch or barbecue at Thungutti campground before wandering back to get cosy in front of the fireplace at the cabin.

Wake up early to experience the magnificent sunrise views and the rising mist from Point lookout, or sleep in and wake to the sounds of birdsong in the trees above.

Activities: walking, photography, wildlife watching, birdwatching, picnics and barbecues, sightseeing

Getting there: On entering New England National Park:

  • Continue on Point Lookout Road
  • Toms Cabin is located approximately 13km along Point Lookout Road, just before you arrive at Point lookout.

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles.

Accommodation facilities: non-flush toilets, wood barbecues (firewood supplied)

Water supply: tap water is sourced from a nearby creek; not treated or monitored.

Other facilities: outside wood barbecue and picnic table

Accommodation fees: $50 per night (2-person inclusive). $5 per night for each additional adult (minimum 2-night stay).

Not permitted here:

  • Dogs.
  • Other domestic animals or pets. Campers with pets can stay at the Styx River rest area outside the park

Online bookings: use a secure payment facility to book online

NB: All reservations incur a booking fee of 2.5% in addition to the total amount payable.

Contact: Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, Phone: (02) 6657 2309

Dining area in Toms Cabin, New England National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Inside Toms Cabin in New England National Park (Image: B Webster/DECCW)Toms Cabin in New England National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)Bedroom in Toms Cabin, New England National Park (Image: Michael van Ewijk/DECCW)