NSW is challenging QLD’s claim to rainforest fame, with the announcement of a new four-day hike through (and above!) ancient Gondwana rainforest.


The Dorrigo Escarpment Great Walk will be a 46km hiking trail on the land of the Gumbaynggirr people, that’s set to put the little town of Dorrigo, in NSW’s Northern Tablelands, on the international hiking map! 

The new trail will feature three suspension bridges over World Heritage-listed rainforest, walker’s hut precincts, new camping areas, and an Arc Rainforest Centre.

The $56 million investment is hoping to bring an extra 200,000 tourists to the area every year, possibly even drawing international tourists away from the rainforests of Queensland, to NSW instead. 

‘The rainforest at Dorrigo National Park is even more spectacular than the Daintree,’ said NSW Environment Minister James Griffin. Sounds like we’ve got a rainforest State of Origin on our hands!

The NSW government is splashing heaps of cash on national parks at the moment, and the Dorrigo Escarpment Great Walk is the latest big drawcard that’s aiming to create a greater appreciation for the state’s natural wonders. 

‘This is about having people come to national parks as tourists, and leave as conservationists,’ Mr Griffin said.

Through the combination of both the multi-day hike and the new Arc Rainforest Centre, people of all abilities will be able to access and enjoy the Gondwana Rainforest.

Consider the Dorrigo Escarpment Great Walk added to our bucket lists and watch this space for more updates on its opening!


Feature photo by @liamhardyphoto