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    Blackbutt Track

    by iandsmith Written Jul 23, 2014

    All too soon, it seemed, I was heading back to the motorhome, now planning for more of the same the next day.
    Eventually I opted for the Blackbutt Track, a 6.5km option that finishes at the Never Never Picnic Area and leaves you with a 4 km hike back up the road. As a testimony to the chill winter’s morn (and my laziness, let’s be honest), I didn’t get going till 10.30.
    Blackbutt is a classic bush trail, the sponginess of the leaf litter making for pleasant hiking as you crack the occasional fallen twig on the track and brush aside the odd encroaching fern whose leaves dazzle green when caught in the elusive sun’s rays. Trees battered by storms past lie moss-coated and fungi encrusted across the forest floor, soon to become fodder for new growth.
    Then the scrub parts and the vision of white cascades and leaf-laden rocks draws your eye, Callicoma Falls has been reached. It’s fed by Endiandra Creek, named after an endangered rainforest tree called the Crystal Creek Walnut.
    I scanned downstream and thought I saw gold but, nay, ‘twas a false lead so I concentrated the camera elsewhere and then moved on, away from the clear water from which I drank.
    Then, after a time, it seems like you’re on the edge of the mountain and the only way ahead is down, seriously down. There’s a reason for this, you are, and suddenly there are steps, a canyon begins to swallow you and the lure of water dashing itself on hard rock is omnipresent.
    It’s a prelude to Casuarina Falls, where significantly more water than Callicoma cascades from above before parting across the ragged face. But there is more to Casuarina, for downstream there is a vista to distant places beyond, coinciding with where the water disappears into the abyss where perchance I chose to venture. It was marginally less dangerous than rock climbing as I descended, grasping trees and jutting rocks and praying my boots would grip at every foothold.
    I reached halfway down the drop and there were temptingly more falls below but prudently I decided enough was enough and scaled the heights again before climbing the stairs and moving on the trail beside Sassafras Creek, though mostly it was only visible from above through tantalising gaps. Then I thought I saw a possible breach in the forest’s defences and worked my way to Sassafras. En route every lawyer vine in existence seemed to wrap around my legs and body, causing numerous pauses and expletives deleted before, after risking a fallen log crossing, I had the creek and its numerous cascades to myself.
    There’s something about being in a place like this, knowing few have ever ventured here before, being a part of nature without feeling like you’re intruding. The solace it brings cannot be measured but it can certainly be felt; the sound of being alone is with you all the time; there’s even a certain excitement knowing you’re in a place where no-one would know where to look for you should some misadventure befall you.
    I failed to find gold here either, though two lonely shafts of light tried valiantly to reach the water, only to find the verdant rainforest canopy stifling the sun’s powerful rays and, when I walked out, it was through less strenuous terrain though still cobwebbed with vines.
    The chill of the afternoon permeated the dark trail as I neared Never Never Picnic Area. A car could be heard leaving for Dorrigo, my hopes of a lift back up the 4 kms of road appeared to be dashed and, when I reached the tables and other facilities, no vehicle was visible. Thus it was after 4 ½ hours hiking in boots that were a fraction too small, I turned left and headed uphill, my feet complaining all the way as a motorbike came down the rise and I momentarily thought there could be a lift option there but he had a pillion.
    I ate and wearily headed off again; it was a footfall after footfall job, just focusing on getting back before dark when suddenly, from behind, my hopes rapidly rose with the sound of a car. I hadn’t seen it at the park but there it came around the curve and, with wide eyed anticipation, I thumbed them down.
    The three of them had just finished the Rosewood Creek Trail so we compared notes and I must have mentioned five times how grateful I was to get a lift, especially when they said they were the last car there.
    My joy at being back in the motorhome and having a cup of tea knew no bounds; I salivated over every warm mouthful and relaxed, thinking of the morrow and a walk with Terry.

    Blackbutt Track bracket fungi Endiandra Creek Casuarina Falls Backlit trees on the Blackbutt Track Sassafras Creek
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    Ebor Falls

    by iandsmith Updated Mar 21, 2014

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    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 or more.

    Second of the two main falls Upper double falls at Ebor Canyon upper walls Guy Fawkes River Flora en route
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    Fungi in the forest

    by iandsmith Written May 9, 2011

    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.

    Sometimes there are multitudes of fungi Other times there are just a few Sometimes they are isolated Other times they share with other plants Flourishing fungi
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    The new look

    by iandsmith Updated May 9, 2011

    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.

    From the fallen comes new growth Crystal Shower Falls Crystal Shower falls On the Wonga Walk Red berries
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    Walking

    by iandsmith Updated May 9, 2011

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    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.

    en route Close up of the lower part Near the top of the falls
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    The town itself

    by iandsmith Written Jun 18, 2009

    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.......!

    Lovely hotel Main street in Dorrigo
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    Dorrigo Rainforest Skywalk

    by Mikebb Updated Dec 23, 2008

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    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.

    Sign To The Skywalk Walk The Shywalk - Pristine Views
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    Lunch At The Dorrigo Hotel - Old Style Pub Food

    by Mikebb Updated Dec 22, 2008

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    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.

    Dorrigo Hotel - Heart Of The Town
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    Treking Rainforest Trails

    by Mikebb Written Dec 21, 2008

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    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.

    The Canopy Alongside The Trail Tree Covered With Ferns Huge Trees Dorrigo State Forest Leaf Matter on The Floor Of The Forest
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    Drive around with your mouth shut.

    by unravelau Written Aug 26, 2005

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    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.

    A Dorigo scene
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    Never Never

    by iandsmith Updated Jul 29, 2004

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    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.

    Cedar Falls
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    Jubilee Gardens

    by iandsmith Written Feb 25, 2003

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    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.

    Crab apple at the Jubilee Gardens
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    The Drive Up To Dorrigo Plateau - Nice Views

    by Mikebb Written Dec 21, 2008

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    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.

    Waterfall - Newall Falls View From The Road
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    Dorrigo National Park

    by globetrotter06 Written Mar 29, 2006

    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.

    Look out point Brush turkey
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