Dorrigo Escarpment Great Walk project

Opportunity to comment on the draft master plans for the Dorrigo Arc Rainforest Centre and the Dorrigo Escarpment Great Walk has closed.

Public consultation on the draft master plans provided an important opportunity for the community to have a say on the new visitor centre and multi-day walk proposals for Dorrigo and Bindarri national parks, on Gumbaynggirr Country. The consultation closed 15 January 2024.

The Dorrigo National Park, Bindarri National Park and Bindarri State Conservation Area draft plan of management is being exhibited at the same time to seek input into the draft plan's proposed strategic management directions for these parks.

What is being proposed?

The Dorrigo Escarpment Great Walk project proposes 2 main components to connect people with Gondwana Rainforests of Australia and Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal culture for generations to come:

  • The Dorrigo Arc Rainforest Centre – a new visitor centre and spectacular elevated walkway on the footprint of the existing Dorrigo Rainforest Centre that will provide a world-class rainforest experience and enhanced access to walking tracks.
  • The Dorrigo Escarpment great walk – a challenging Grade 4, 46-kilometre 4-day walk along the rugged escarpment of the Great Dividing Range in Dorrigo and Bindarri national parks, including hiker camps, pedestrian bridges and lookouts.

The draft master plans balance conserving the parks' significant values with existing and future visitation demands, by creating inspiring visitor experiences that connect people with nature and culture in a sustainable way.

Draft master plans

Dorrigo Arc Rainforest Centre draft master plan

This master plan presents an inspiring vision for a sustainable visitor precinct with improved accessibility to help everyone experience and connect with Dorrigo National Park. The draft master plan presents design principles and concept plans for the new centre, along with indicative artist impressions providing insight on how the final designs may look.


Dorrigo Arc Rainforest Centre draft master plan

This master plan proposes a new Dorrigo Arc Rainforest Centre that will cater for the forecast increasing visitor numbers to the national park and inspire destination travel to the region.

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Dorrigo Escarpment great walk draft master plan

This master plan presents an overview of the planned visitor infrastructure improvements for the proposed 46-km multi-day walk. It provides route information, design concepts, and guiding principles that will allow the community to offer feedback on the planning approach.


Dorrigo Escarpment great walk draft master plan

The Dorrigo Escarpment Great Walk project is an inspiring multi-day walk proposal that connects people with the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area and Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal culture.

PDF 18.2MB

Baliiga precinct plan

This precinct plan describes the proposal to rename and upgrade the current Never Never picnic area in Dorrigo National Park, including providing low-key overnight tent and vehicle-based camping.


Baliiga precinct plan

The Never Never picnic area is located on Dome Road, in the Dorrigo National Park, north-east New South Wales.


A master plan is a non-statutory document that outlines a vision to guide how an area may change over time. It is important to note that draft master plans are conceptual.

These draft master plans were prepared by the National Parks and Wildlife Service in collaboration with specialist master planners, and have been informed by geotechnical, engineering and environmental assessments, and stakeholder collaboration. All proposals are subject to further technical assessments, environmental and cultural planning approvals and detailed design work.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking community input to refine our vision in advance of the detailed design and final approval stages.

A plan of management is a legal document under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 that provides information on important park values and outlines the strategic management direction for parks. Once a plan is adopted, all operations and activities in the park must be in line with the plan. Master plans are non-statutory, subsidiary plans that detail the key proposal concepts for new and improved visitor facilities.

You can have your say on the draft plan of management for the parks.

Draft plan of management public consultation

The draft master plans will be available for public comment for 60 days and will be finalised once community and stakeholder feedback has been considered.

The master plans may be adjusted to meet issues raised during the exhibition, environmental and cultural assessment outcomes and local design issues, and must still meet the requirements of the adopted plan of management for the parks.

A submissions summary will be provided to advise the public of the outcomes of the consultation on the draft master plans. The final master plans will be displayed online and at the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre.

The Dorrigo and Bindarri national parks are recognised and protected for their outstanding biodiversity and cultural significance. All visitor infrastructure improvements in the parks are subject to independent environmental and Aboriginal heritage assessments.

A comprehensive environmental impact assessment process called a review of environmental factors is underway. The review aims to determine the overall impact of the project and to ensure that the proposals do not have impacts that will affect the integrity of the parks' conservation objectives. This includes consideration under the relevant Commonwealth and state legislation in light of the parks' world, national and state heritage listings.

Once completed, the review will be placed on public exhibition to enable public feedback on the potential impacts of the project and any conditions imposed. The current draft concept plans and planned walk alignment are subject to change or strict conditions to mitigate any potential impacts on natural and cultural values.

  • Environmental and cultural assessment is underway.
  • The review of environmental factors will be placed on public exhibition when complete.
  • Construction will commence in 2024, pending approvals.

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