This past weekend Patrick and I traveled 4 hours North of Newcastle to visit Urunga, Dorrigo & Coffs Harbour. Patrick grew up in these three respective areas and it was pretty cool to check out where most of his childhood took place. We were not alone on this trip, Patrick’s parents were originally traveling up North to visit and stay with friends so we thought we would join them and take advantage some free accommodation and good company.
Dorrigo National Park
I was most excited to see Dorrigo (as I had already driven through Urunga and Coffs before) because the town is up a mountain on a plateau, which I did not realize until we reached the top. The first thing we did when getting to Dorrigo National Park was to walk out on the skywalk. I think I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, but a little hint… it was AMAZING!!! 🙂
The Dorrigo Rainforest Centre is right at the skywalk and has a lovely shop with all sorts of goodies. I managed to get a few postcards and a cute Christmas tree ornament.
We hopped back into the car and drove a little further down the road and stopped at The Glade picnic area where there is a trail through the rainforest to the Crystal Showers Waterfall.
Crystal Showers Waterfall
The trail to the waterfall goes downhill and is approximately 3.5km return. This was my first time walking in a rainforest and I had to say it was pretty awesome. The plants were so different to what I usually see when walking trails and there were some pretty big trees that I though may rival some of the redwoods at Muir Woods. The waterfall was a little low on water but it was still really cool.
After seeing crystal showers waterfall we had planned on also visiting Dangar Falls, but unfortunately ran out of time. Oh Well, I guess that means we’ll just have to go back!
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