Dorrigo National Park

Visitor Centres

Dorrigo Rainforest Centre

Wheelchair access: easy

This area is fully wheelchair accessible

  • All facilities at the Rainforest Centre are barrier free including toilets, barbecues and boardwalks
  • Car parking is provided for people with disabilities
  • A wheelchair is available for free use

The Rainforest Centre gift shop, Dorrigo National Park (Image: Rob Cleary/OEH)Dorrigo Rainforest Centre is the best place to get great tips and advice on planning your visit to the park, including which walking tracks will best suit your needs. You can find out about guided tours and take a look at the park heritage exhibition. The Rainforest Shop offers a great range of books, gifts, postcards and souvenirs relating to the rainforest environment. Don't forget to take a walk above the rainforest canopy along the elevated boardwalk.

And if you need a bite to eat, the award-winning Canopy Café has delicious lunches, gourmet cakes and great coffee. Alternatively, you can enjoy a picnic at the centre’s grassy picnic area, with its free electric barbecues.

Many of Dorrigo National Park’s walking tracks begin here, including the Wonga walk and the Lyrebird link track.

The award-winning Canopy Cafe offers delicious lunches, gourmet cakes and great coffee. Opening hours are 9am to 4.30pm, seven days a week. All facilities are accessible, and there is a wheelchair and child carrypack available. You can contact the cafe on (02) 6657 1541.

Activities: birdwatching, walking, picnicking, playing and socialising

Getting there: Dorrigo Rainforest Centre is in the western precinct of Dorrigo National Park. To get there:

From Armidale:

  • Drive east along the Waterfall Way for approximately 90 minutes
  • Turn left into Dome Road approximately 2km after you pass through Dorrigo

From Coffs Harbour:

  • Travel south along the Pacific Highway
  • After crossing the Bellinger River, take the Waterfall Way exit to Dorrigo via Bellingen
  • Turn right at Dome Road and continue for approximately 1.6km to the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre.

Road access: Sealed road - 2WD vehicles.

Opening hours: The Rainforest visitor centre is:

  • open 8.30am – 4.30pm (Monday – Friday)
  • open 9am – 4.30pm (Saturday – Sunday)
  • closed on Christmas Day

Facilities: cafe/kiosk, free wireless internet, picnic tables, drinking water, trackhead/access point

Water supply: Town drinking water available. Re-usable water bottles are available in the Rainforest Shop.

Phone: (02) 6657 2309

Fax: (02) 6657 2145

Email: Dorrigo.RainforestCentre@environment.nsw.gov.au

Street address: Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, Dome Road, Dorrigo NSW

Postal address: PO Box 170, Dorrigo NSW 2453

Giinagay means welcome in the local Gumbaynggirr language - the Giinagay wall welcomes visitors to the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre (Image: Barbara Webster/DECCW)The Dorrigo Rainforest Centre has changing exhibitions of local artwork including Aboriginal art (Image: Barbara Webster/DECCW)Take a journey through time and learn about the origins of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area at the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre (Image: Barbara Webster/DECCW)The Rainforest Shop in Dorrigo National Park offers a superb selection of guidebooks, gifts and souvenirs (Image: Anton Ingarfield/DECCW)The courtyard at the Canopy Cafe offers outdoor dining with a view of the rainforest in Dorrigo National Park (Image: Barbara Webster/DECCW)Orange and almond cake is a popular morning tea choice at the Canopy Café, Dorrigo National Park (Image: Elegant Epicure)Red-necked pademelons commonly feed in the Rainforest Centre picnic area, Dorrigo National Park, in the late afternoons (Image: Barbara Webster/DECCW)The Skywalk is a 70m elevated walkway that takes you across the rainforest canopy to a lookout platform at the escarpment edge in Dorrigo National Park (Image: Ford Kristo/DECCW)

Skywalk lookout

Wheelchair access: easy

  • This area is fully wheelchair-accessible

The Skywalk in Dorrigo National Park provides views over the Bellinger Valley to the Pacific Ocean beyond (Image: Barbara Webster/DECCW)Directly connected to Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, Skywalk lookout offers a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding landscape. Perched right on the edge of the escarpment, the views take in Bellinger Valley to the coast with deep valleys and gorges, blanketed in a rich rainforest. If birdwatching is of interest, look for regent bowerbirds, topknot pigeons and grey goshawks.

Skywalk lookout is a 70m boardwalk that soars over the edge of the escarpment some 21m above the rainforest. Easily accessible, anyone can enjoy the panoramic views of the Rosewood rainforest basin. If you prefer a closer look, stretch your legs along Rosewood Creek walking track.

The view is dominated by the double peak of McGraths Hump, also known as Old Man Dreaming. In Aboriginal Gumbaynggirr legend, it shows the profile of a warrior’s face, Ngali. It was Ngali’s job to protect women who came to give birth in Bellinger Valley. But Ngali fell asleep, and for his punishment he was turned to stone for all eternity.

Activities: photography, astronomy and star gazing, birdwatching

Natural setting: rainforests

Getting there: Skywalk lookout is in Dorrigo Rainforest Centre. To get there:

  • Follow signs to Dorrigo National Park/Dorrigo Rainforest Centre from Waterfall Way (1km south of Dorrigo).
  • Enter Dorrigo Rainforest Centre – you’ll find Skywalk lookout there.

Road access: Sealed road - 2WD vehicles.

Opening hours: Skywalk lookout is open during the day, closing between 10pm–5am.

Facilities: amenities block, picnic tables, gas/electric barbecues (free), wood barbecues (firewood supplied), cafe/kiosk, carpark, drinking water, electric power, lookout, flush toilets, education centre, visitor centre

The Skywalk at Dorrigo National Park (Image: Hamilton Lund/TNSW)A student arts project is photographed on the Skywalk, Dorrigo National Park (Image: Kathryn Wood/DECCW)