I did the Wonga Walk one time and kept my eyes open for fungi. What surprised me was not that I found a lot but that there were so many just in the one walk and that I would have overlooked some because I just didn't have enough time to be thorough.
I share with you some of those that I came across.
The Wonga Walk is immensely popular, and rightly so. It has a paved surface for the majority of its length and the rest is boardwalk.
The new look section comes where a suspension bridge, put in with the aid of a helicopter, crosses the stream beside Crystal Shower Falls. This had to be done because extremely heavy rains, which are not unknown in these parts, washed the original trail away so badly many thought it would never reopen.
Because the washaway stripped some vegetation away it has opened the canopy up so that should you visit the falls in the a.m. there is a good chance you will see a rainbow effect in the falls.
This is a lovely cascade that is on the Wonga Walk that also features Crystal Shower Falls.
These are called Tristania and, about halfway down the drop you walk across a bridge that makes it easy to photograph these cascades.
The start point is Dorrigo Rainforest Centre which has all the information you'll ever need on the place.
If you go straight ahead after you leave the centre you will reach Crystal first and then come to Tristania after you do a U-turn on the loop trail.
Dorrigo is what I would call a surviving rural centre. Due to the lower requirement of labour in the country these days your town has to have something extra to survive and some have found that tourism can provide such a stimulus.
Dorrigo has the attractions and has survived though historically it was never a large town. The hotel shown here is on the main intersection in town and the main shopping area is in photo 2.
One thing they have got is a wood fired bakery. Not that I ever eat pies of course.......!
Ebor Falls are a much visited attraction on Waterfall Way. They are easily accessed and have good facilities. You don't have to go on dirt road and the viewing platforms are well situated, a lesson that could be heeded at Gloucester Falls!
There's a village here of about 100 persons and you can get something to eat most times.
There are two falls; the upper and the lower, and both are visible from the main platform at the end of the access road. There's also an easy cliffside walk that gives you differing vantage points and vistas over National Park if you turn 180 degrees away from the falls.
The photos I have included here are not what the average tourist will see because it involves scampering down the sides of canyons and is not for the unfit or faint of heart.
The Guy Fawkes River plunges 105 metres in a double fall to start with and then another about 100 metres further on. There's also lots of cascades (see pic 4) below the lower falls for the adventurous among you. The steep climb out takes 15 minutes.
The Skywalk is a short distance from the Visitors Centre and is a good way of viewing the forest, taking photos, and reading the information signs about the rain forest for those people who are short of time or unable to walk the forest trails.
We walked some of the shorter trails and this to me is the best part of the forest.
Country Hotels (pubs) in Australia provide good food at a reasonable price and you can always have a beer or glass of wine with your meal.
The day we had lunch at the Dorrigo Hotel the meals were excellent and very reasonably priced. We were lucky to obtain a table in the large restaurant. Jill had Steak & Kidney Pie with vegetables and said it was the best meal since we left home 3 weeks earlier. I had the Steak Sandwich with chips , country style which was first class. With drinks the total cost was Au$20.
There are many trails to walk or hike, some long others short, there is a trail suitable for everyone.
When you get under the forest canopy the first thing you will notice is how much cooler it is, most likely 5 to 8 C cooler. The ground is moist and there is a thick cover of of leaves and tree debris which have built up the rich soil over thousands of years.
The variety of trees and undergrowth is enormous, most trees tower skywards, huge straight trunks often covered with ferns. It certainly is a nice place for a walk.
If you leave it open in awe of the beautiful scenery, you run the risk of enticing a fly to fly in. Not really in winter but the tendency is to want to keep your mouth open.
Just driving around and about in Dorigo is a wonderful pastime. Every where you look are the rolling hills and valleys ........... picture postcard stuff.
This is also about a two hour walk, and, in my humble opinion, a better one. The Rosewood Creek Track follows the creek as it falls steadily from the mountain through a series of delightful drops and cascades that please the eye while the rush of water is pleasing to the ear.
To get to Cedar Falls involves steps (see my home page photo) but, set as they are in the sub-tropical rainforest and covered with leaf litter, you'll probably not even notice they're there.
It's not really a "must-see", more a pleasant thing you pass by on the main road.
The gardens are maintained by the Dorrigo Garden Club and are conveniently? situated next to the cemetery.
There's not a lot of them but they do have good variety and Dorrigo itself is very pretty in spring and autumn.
The drive up to the plateau was steep and gave the opportunity to see the beautiful landscape in the valley below. We stopped at Newell Falls to view the waterfall.
There are some picinic areas and tracks around here. The Dorrigo Rainforest Centre gives you infromation about the national park, and you can reach a look out point from here.