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As the graziers moved eastward from Armidale in search of more pastures during the 1840's, they discovered the rich volcanic soils around Ebor and Dorrigo. The early discovery of the Dorrigo Plateau is actually accredited to an escapee from Moron Bay Settlement, Richard Craig. The 18 year old found the area whilst on an hunting expidition. The potential he recognised was not the grazing but the red cedar and soon led others to what became known as the Don Dorrigo Scrub.
Today Dorrigo stands as the gateway to the impressive Dorrigo National Park. It is an historic town with many of the older buildings being refurbished and restored to their original appearance. Dorrigo has one of the few bakeries in Australia that still uses a wood fired oven. The local paper is still printed in the town on their own presses.
It is one of the many stop over spots for those Backpacking Along The Waterfall Way, with so many activities and so much natural beauty to be explored.
Dangar Falls and Griffiths Lookout are a worthy stop when in the area. The viewing platform and facilities are exceptional. There is also a sealed and elevated walking path to the bottom that provides a lovely walk and excellent subjects for the camera enthusiast. The Lookout (on Mountain Top Road) offers excellent views that are sometimes shrouded in mist.
The Moonpar Forest Drive to the North of Dorrigo, is one of the most spectacular recreational forests in New South Wales. This includes popular camping and recreational spot, Platypus Flat, situated on the banks of the Nymboida River.
Dorrigo is also renown for its arts and crafts covering woodturning to woolcraft.
While in Dorrigo, be sure to visit the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre on the edge of the Dorrigo National Park and get to see the rainforest in a diferent way.
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