North Coast NSW
Dorrigo National Park
A family-friendly lookout with spectacular views across Dorrigo National Park and to the coast – an absolute must-do.
This heavily trafficked walk starts from behind the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre in Dorrigo, located at the junction of Dome Road and Lyrebird Lane.
The walk involves a 70-metre-long elevated runway to a viewing platform perched on the edge of the escarpment.
From the lookout, there are panoramic views across the park, including across to the Never Never section of the park and the Rosewood rainforest basin. McGraths Hump is the most prominent feature, known locally as 'old man sleeping'.
The views extend further across the Bellinger Valley to the coast and Pacific Ocean and you can get a bird’s-eye view of the rainforest that is some 21 metres below.
The walk can be easily paired with the nearby family-friendly Lyrebird Link track, where you can look up at a large, metallic Lyrebird art installation suspended in the trees.
For those wanting to stretch their legs further, try the nearby Wonga Walk or shorter Crystal Shower Falls track.
There are toilets, picnic tables and a café and gift store at the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre.
Dorrigo National Park can be visited as part of the 185 km Waterfall Way scenic drive from Coffs Harbour to Armidale.
Track: The walk involves a constructed lookout and is well-signed and easy to follow.
Difficulty: The track is suitable for all fitness levels and is wheelchair accessible.
Direction: This is an out-and-back track that returns the way you came.
The trail starts from behind the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre in Dorrigo, located at the junction of Dome Road and Lyrebird Lane, approximately 5 hours drive south of Brisbane, 1.5 hours drive east of Armidale, 1 hour drive west of Coffs Harbour or 6 hours drive north of Sydney.
Parking is ample, however can become busy during peak times.
best time to go
The walk can be completed year-round.
Note that there are park fees associated with entering many national parks in New South Wales. Check the New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service website for more information.
Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure.
I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.