• Crystal Shower Falls, Dorrigo NP
    Crystal Shower Falls, Dorrigo NP

A new multi-day walk and a spectacular new visitor centre are proposed as part of a $56 million investment in Dorrigo National Park in northern NSW.

The proposed Dorrigo Escarpment Great Walk traverses Dorrigo and Bindarri National Parks along the rugged escarpment, past teeming waterfalls, giant old growth trees and over wild rivers, as it heads down towards the coast. It will include 3 suspension bridges and 46 kilometres of walking track of which over half follows existing tracks and trails.

To offer enhanced access and affordability, accommodation will include 4 purpose built communal low impact walkers’ huts and camping areas with tent platforms and composting toilets. The huts and camping sites will be owned and operated by NPWS and booked through the NPWS website.

Treasurer Matt Kean said the four day Dorrigo Escarpment Great Walk will increase access to one of Australia’s most beautiful rainforests and attract an extra 200,000 visitors to the region.

'Through the NSW Budget, we’re investing $56.4 million to offer a new way for people to enjoy the ancient World Heritage environment,' Mr Kean said.

The other upgrade to Dorrigo National Park is a brand-new Arc Rainforest Centre which will feature a spectacular boardwalk and lookout to offer accessible and exceptional experiences for visitors.

The visitor centre will be a unique starting point for the stunning new multi-day walk along the escarpment edge through Gondwana World Heritage rainforests, with hut and camping accommodation.

The Arc Rainforest Centre, combined with the new multi-day walk, aims to engage more visitors for longer periods with sustainable nature-based experiences to support NSW tourism and local jobs.

Minister for Environment James Griffin said the project is part of the largest capital investment program ever undertaken in NSW national parks.

'Along with Snowies Alpine Walk, the Wollemi Great Walk, and the Great Southern Walk, our signature multi-day walks are providing new experiences in NSW while expanding access to our national parks,' Mr Griffin said.

'The rainforest at Dorrigo National Park is even more spectacular than the Daintree, and I’m proud to say that with this magnificent new 46 kilometre walk, we’ll be happily tempting domestic and international tourists away from Queensland.

'I want everyone who comes to our NSW national parks as a visitor to leave as a conservationist, and this world-class Dorrigo Escarpment Great Walk helps us achieve that.'

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