- Coffs Coast to Armidale 185km drive
- 5 National Parks along the way
- Wollomombi Falls the 2nd highest waterfall in Australia
- Armidale is 1000 metres above sea level
- World Heritage Gondwana Rainforests
The Waterfall Way was recently voted as one of the best scenic drives in NSW, winding through five National Parks starting from beaches at Sawtell and Valla through Bellingen with lush green farm paddocks to the Dorrigo Plateau. Then on towards the New England Tablelands to Armidale with stunning waterfalls and wilderness National Parks that offer plenty of nature experiences along the way.
West of Dorrigo, on the way to Armidale, you can watch the Guy Fawkes River plunge 100m over two waterfalls at Ebor Falls. Three lookout platforms along the edge of the escarpment offer spectacular views out into the gorge country. Nearby you can also hike through sub-alpine woodlands to the towering granite formations of Cathedral Rocks which are reached after climbing 400 metres over boulders.
Further natural attractions en route to Armidale include one of NSW’s highest drops at the incredible Wollomombi Falls and gorge, where waters plunge 220m into the valley. Enjoy the walking tracks and picnic areas in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.
The Armidale region boasts spectacular waterfalls, gorges, world-heritage national parks, cool-climate vineyards & a fascinating & diverse cultural heritage. There’s plenty of outdoor adventure up high too with rock climbing, mountain biking, trout fishing & hiking.
Sawtell is a beautiful beachside village adorned with enormous fig trees providing shade for the funky cafes and alfresco diners. The area is located just south of Coffs Harbour offering unspoilt beaches, waterways and wetlands, and a stunning coastline.
Dorrigo is a beautiful country town and the gateway to Dorrigo National Park, which is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. You can walk above the rainforest canopy on an elevated boardwalk to the Skywalk lookout for spectacular views.
Bellingen & Urunga
Visitors are captivated by Bellingen’s natural beauty, the green rolling pastures and pockets of rainforest framed by the tree-clad Dorrigo escarpment. The seaside village of Urunga is where the Bellinger and Kalang Rivers meet to join the Pacific Ocean.
Nambucca & Macksville
The Nambucca valley is a pristine coastal location offering a range of activities & tours. Immerse yourself in the history of the river and local towns of Nambucca Heads, Macksville & Valla. The beautiful Nambucca River is a great spot for fishing, swimming & kayaking. Enjoy the diverse artistic culture & visit the many museums, galleries & markets.