Nambucca Heads And The Dorrigo Rainforests

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Lisa by the V-Wall Rock Art Gallery in Nambucca HeadsAfter a memorable few days in Adelaide for Sam and Priya’s wedding, we flew back to Sydney to pickup The Tank and continued where we left off on the New South Wales central coast.  Angie Stuart organized a fabulous dinner for us on Monday night in Edgecliff, where we again caught up with old friends and got to meet Angie’s two new grandchildren.  Great to see everyone and, as always, Angie’s cooking didn’t disappoint.  We made it as far as South West Rocks on our trip up the coast last week, a little too far for us to drive in a day from Sydney, especially with the head-spinning Tuesday morning traffic resulting in the trip Fredo Pies in Fredricktonacross Sydney taking over two hours!  We stopped off at Crowdy Head National Park for the night, where we found a great campsite at Kylies Beach a short walk from the water.  A few wallabies and kookaburras kept us company into the evening, after which we were back on the road early to pick up where we left off north of Kempsey.  A mandatory stop at Fredo’s Pies in Fredrickton and then onto Nambucca Heads to try to find the mural Lisa painted with her family in the V-Wall Rock Art Gallery almost 15 years earlier.  Unfortunately the sun and salt spray had worn away most of the older paintings and we couldn’t find what we were looking for…  We made the most of our trip into Nambucca with a swim at the picturesque Main Beach, lunch in the beach parking lot and then up into the mountains to take a look at Dorrigo National Park.

The V-Wall Rock Art Gallery in Nambucca HeadsMain Beach at Nambucca HeadsThe V-Wall Rock Art Gallery in Nambucca Heads 

The Tank cruising through the rainforest in Nymboi Binderay National ParkLush rainforest in Dorrigo National ParkDorrigo National Park is a swatch of World Heritage Listed rainforest roughly 40 kilometers inland from Coffs Harbour.  The mountains bordering the coastline are covered in dense, unforgiving rainforest with deep canyons, rivers and a myriad of waterfalls.  It was a picturesque drive into the mountains from the coast, some beautiful patches of Tristania Falls in Dorrigo National Parkorchards and cattle country on the way up.  The majority of Lisa hiking through the rainforest in Dorrigo National ParkDorrigo National Park is wilderness, but there are a few hiking trails exploring the rainforest in the western section of the park near the town of Dorrigo.  We took a little over an hour to walk to Tristania Falls, often stopping along the way to take in the amazing diversity of the surrounding canopy.  Really an eye-opening place, no wonder it’s World Heritage Listed…

After our time in Dorrigo National Park we cruised through the quaint hilltop town of Dorrigo on our way further up into the mountains.  Nymboi Binderay National Park was our resting place last night, we found a quite remote camping spot on the banks of Nymboida River next to some roaring cascades.  We wouldn’t want to make our way into the Platypus Flat camping area in wet weather, we had to tackle some seriously steep dirt tracks under the rainforest canopy on the way in.  While the gushing water didn’t make for the best sleeping conditions, we did enjoy a great campfire late into the night and our favourite camp meal of lamb chops for dinner.  The National park brochure we have mentioned that the only way to experience the true beauty of Nymboi Binderay National Park is to raft it in a kayak; after seeing the ferocity of the water next to our campsite at Platypus Flat we both agreed it would be one hair-raising ride to take any kind of boat along the Nymbodia!

Looking across Dorrigo National Park toward Coffs Harbour in the distance  Rainforest in Dorrigo National ParkLisa hiking through the rainforest in Dorrigo National ParkStrangled tree in the rainforest in Dorrigo National ParkSam and Lisa in front of Tristania Falls in Dorrigo National Park Camping at Platypus Flat in Nymboi Binderay National ParkCamping at Platypus Flat in Nymboi Binderay National ParkCamping at Platypus Flat in Nymboi Binderay National Park Breakfast at Platypus Flat in Nymboi Binderay National ParkThe Nymboida River from our campsite at Platypus FlatYes that's a mushroom!


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3 Responses to “Nambucca Heads And The Dorrigo Rainforests”

  1. Coffs Harbour To Yamba | Our Walkabout says:

    […] was a picturesque drive through the rainforests and Eucalyptus bushland out of the mountains from Nymboi Binderay National Park into Coffs Harbour.  As we came out of the foothills to the outskirts of Coffs Harbour the […]

  2. peggy says:

    Did you see how high the river was while you were at platypus flat? there is a gauge there. it sounds like it was pretty high. I have spent many an Easter there and paddled the river several times. It really is spectacular.
    Lots of commercial rafting trips go from there.
    Keep having fun

  3. Linda says:

    I can’t believe it was that long ago that we painted that rock at Nambucca heads. Good memories.

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