The centrepiece of proposed upgrades to Dorrigo National Park is a brand-new Arc Rainforest Centre which will feature a spectacular boardwalk and lookout to offer accessible and exceptional experiences for visitors.
The visitor centre will be a unique starting point for the stunning new multi-day walk along the escarpment edge through Gondwana World Heritage rainforests, with hut and camping accommodation.
The Arc Rainforest Centre, combined with the new multi-day walk, aims to engage more visitors for longer periods with sustainable nature-based experiences to support NSW tourism and local jobs.
What the project involves
The Dorrigo Escarpment Great Walk project proposes two main components to be constructed in stages:
- Arc Rainforest Centre – a new visitor attraction on the footprint of the existing Dorrigo Rainforest Centre.
- Dorrigo Escarpment Great Walk – a 46-kilometre multi-day walk with 2-day and 4-day options.
Arc Rainforest Centre
The proposal's centrepiece is a new Arc Rainforest Centre which will feature a spectacular boardwalk overlooking the World Heritage rainforest. It will provide flexible spaces to be used for a variety of events and be a major drawcard for the North Coast.
A new treetop skywalk with an upper and lower deck will cater for all weather conditions. Spiralling walkways will take visitors down into the rainforest and connect with the existing 6-kilometre Wonga Walk and the new Dorrigo Escarpment Great Walk.
The visitor centre will offer a place for people to learn and connect with the culture of the traditional custodians, the Gumbaynggirr people, and a new way to experience the ancient plants and animals from which life on Earth evolved.
Dorrigo Escarpment Great Walk
The proposed Dorrigo Escarpment Great Walk traverses Dorrigo and Bindarri national parks along the rugged escarpment, past teeming waterfalls, giant old-growth trees and over wild rivers as it heads down towards the coast. It will include 3 suspension bridges and 46 kilometres of walking track. Half of this follows existing tracks and trails.
To offer enhanced access and affordability, accommodation will include 4 purpose-built, low-impact communal walkers' huts and camping areas with tent platforms and composting toilets.