Saturday, 20 April 2013

river to rainforest...

On a not so sunny day we decided to ‘follow our nose’ - we left Coffs for the day and ventured into the hinterland to Bellingen and Dorrigo.  At Bellingen we called in to Waterfall Way Visitor Centre (in the main street) for a collection of maps and information on 'things to do'.  We enjoyed a short morning tea beside Waterfall Way Creek (first couple of slides with added bonus of meeting a friendly dog) and after stretching our legs, we travelled to Dorrigo National Park; part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia’s World Heritage Area.
The Skywalk lookout at Dorrigo Rainforest Centre was great and even though it was an overcast day you could still see the ocean in the distance.  As you will see from the photos we really fall into the category before ‘novice bushwalker’ and that is…’these people have no clue’.  So as a mental note for next time; warm clothes, waterproof raincoat/jacket and covered shoes (not thongs), would be a good idea.  We ventured down a walking track into the depths of this ancient world and it was amazing.  We were definitely inspired to do more ‘bushwalking’ in the future. 

Some more points of interest..
  • The meals we had for lunch at the cafe were healthy, delicious and well priced for both adults and children.
  • Always check local weather guide and infomation centre before hand so you have the appropriate clothing, gear and in case you were hoping to do a particular walk as sometimes the tracks can be closed for maintence or because of the weather. 

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