New England National Park showcases the spectacular diversity of the Dorrigo escarpment; straddling the inland boundaries of the Dunghutti and Gumbaynggirr people – Indigenous Australian tribes whose lands followed the catchments of the Macleay and Bellinger Rivers respectively.
At 1564 metres above sea level, Point Lookout provides breathtaking views. Below is a vast wilderness of deep valleys, clothed in forest, against a background of the Pacific Ocean 70 kilometres distant. Stunning on a clear day, especially at sunrise, Point Lookout is worth a visit anytime, located just 15km off the Waterfall Way on a good quality unsealed road. When the clouds that often shroud the escarpment obscure the view, there are many other interesting features awaiting your discovery. The silent charm of the Tolkeinesque cool temperate rainforests are enhanced by the eerie mists, and the twenty kilometers of walking tracks provide several days of exploring. The cascades are a sight to see in winter when they can freeze and be prepared for the occasional snow fall.
Stay for the day or camp at one of the various campgrounds. Explore the New England National Park at its best hiking through the pristine Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. Pick up a tracking device and maps from the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre before descending escarpment on a multi-day hike carrying all your supplies. Be prepared to see ancient Antarctic Beech stands with orchids and moss unchanged from the time of Gondwana an ancient continent. This is a remote location which can have rough conditions and progress is slow, take detailed maps, compass, water, food and camping gear to spend the nights under the stars. Reaching civilisation again at Nulla Nulla Creek Road or Five Day Creek Road (have a car waiting for you or arrange for someone to meet you at this point).
For more info call Dorrigo Rainforest Centre: (02) 6657 2309
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