Not everything about this road trip revolves around sand and the ocean. Take a detour from the coastal route and make your way further north and inland to Dorrigo National Park. Although just one hour from Coffs Harbour, you’ll feel worlds away in this lush, high-altitude region for a night. Visit the heritage-listed rainforest for breathtaking waterfall walks, picnic spots, and birdwatching.
Crystal Shower Falls and Dangar Falls are two highlights of the region that are not to be missed. On your way back through, stop off in the bohemian town of Bellingen for a café brunch or to try the famous ice cream at Bellingen Gelato Bar.
When visiting Dorrigo National Park in a campervan, we recommend staying at the nearby Dorrigo Mountain Holiday Park. Here, you can enjoy grassy powered campgrounds and shady trees, surrounded by scenic countryside views. Facilities here include laundry, BBQ area, toilet block, and showers. You can even purchase firewood at the office and enjoy an evening by the campfire.
Sightseeing #1: Dangar Falls
Ever heard of Dangar Falls? This 30-metre fall, just north of Dorrigo, is a showstopper. With its new viewing platform, you’ve got the best seat in the house for photos. Plus, there’s a car park, picnic tables, and a walking trail to the bottom if you’re up for a dip. And hey, while you’re at it, check out Mihi Falls nearby. Sure, there are seven lookouts, but trust me, these two are the real deal.
Sightseeing #2: Bellinger River National Park
Now, let’s talk about Bellinger River National Park. This untouched gem is all about steep slopes, valleys, and waterfalls. No clearly marked tracks here, but if you are an experienced bushwalker, you are in for a treat. And for a view that is worth a thousand words, Griffiths Lookout has got you covered. It’s a haven for nature lovers and a perfect spot for some peace and quiet.