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Wonga Walk is a green, cool and shady immersion into the subtropical rainforest of Dorrigo National Park. The 600-year-old trees of the World Heritage-listed Gondwana rainforests of Australia tower above you as they provide habitat for the many species of birds and animals endemic to the area.
Wonga Walk is marked as 6.2km and can easily be completed in the suggested 2-3hrs, including plenty of stops for photography and side trips to the cavern behind Crystal Shower Falls and along an elevated birdwatching boardwalk.
As you venture further along the well-maintained path from the visitor centre, you will leave the noises of civilisation behind. Most park visitors will only do small sections of the walk or stay at the Skywalk Lookout and Rainforest Visitor Centre.
Take your time to enjoy the sounds of nature as well as the unique fragrance of the rainforest. Amongst the shades of green, you will see colourful fungi growing on rotting tree stumps and as well as native orchids and ferns.
Although most of the walk is on sealed pathways, it is graded moderate as there are some steep sections, some Ricky creek crossings, wet sections after rain and stairs. Make sure you take water, wear decent walking shoes and bring insect repellent as the environment is conducive to the existence of mosquitoes and leeches.
The suspension bridge at Crystal Shower Falls ( image JW)