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Wonga Walk - Dorrigo National Park

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by Janelle (subscribe)
I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Published January 19th 2021
Wander past and wonder at wildlife and waterfalls
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Leave from the Rainforest Centre (image JW)

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.

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Many shades of green (image JW)

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.

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Tristania Falls (image JW)

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.

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The view from Hardwood Lookout (image JW)

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.

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A fallen giant (image JW)

If you manage to walk alone, you will feel insignificant, as you are dwarfed by the majesty of the old-growth forest and the powerful thundering sounds of the waterfalls.

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The cavern behind Crystal Shower Falls (image JW)

Children would love this walk as it would be like a jungle adventure. I am sure the suspension bridge, elevated boardwalk and journeying behind a waterfall would be highlights.

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Behind a curtain of water (image JW)

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.

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The suspension bridge at Crystal Shower Falls ( image JW)

You don't need to go to Queensland to experience a piece of Gondwana!

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A well signposted walk (image JW)
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Why? Enjoy the sights and sounds of the rainforest
When: Dorrigo National Park is open daily (except Christmas Day) 9am to 4.30pm but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Phone: 02 6657 5913
Where: Dorrigo National Park, 142 Dome Road Dorrigo Mountain NSW 2453
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Very pretty region, Janelle!
by Elaine (score: 3|8949) 568 days ago
Great location, great article and great photos Janelle. It's a well developed walk without spoiling the environment.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4259) 568 days ago
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