Dorrigo, although a three-ways town is mostly not an encounted town. Dorrigo is more of a ‘go to’ and destination town. The Dangar Falls, Dorrigo National Park and to a point the town itself are the catalysts to visit.

The town is situated on the Dorrigo Plateau near the New England Escarpment, which is part of the Great Dividing Range. Dorrigo is 762 metres above sea level.

Dorrigo is derived from the Aboriginal word, dondorrigo, meaning "stringy-bark". For many decades it was believed that explorer and settler Major Edward Parke named the region after a Spanish General named Don Dorrigo with whom Peake fought in the Peninsula War.

By 1841, timber cutters had entered the Bellinger River searching for red cedar. They set up

Timbergetters followed the early settler through the sub-tropical rainforest and many sawmills grew due to demand for timber, initially the highly prized Australian Red Cedar (Toona australis).

Dorrigo is home to the Dorrigo Steam Railway Museum. The Museum houses the largest collection of preserved railway vehicles and memorabilia from the various Government and private railways of New South Wales. It is one of the most comprehensive railway collections in the world, with items in the collection ranging from 1855 to the present day. The museum is not yet open to the public however the larger items such as steam engines and carriages can be viewed from outside the property. There is also the Heritage Museum and unofficial ‘worlds’ smallest motorcycle museum.

The Dangar Falls are located about 1.2 km north of Dorrigo, on the Bielsdown River. The falls are small but picturesque, and are a popular photographic subject. For a short time after rain they are quite spectacular.

Dorrigo has two classic 100 year old pubs.

The Dorrigo War Memorial is located at town central.

The Catholic and Anglican Churches are modern buildings. The United a wooden structure (not shown).

Dorrigo is a really nice town that has lots of unique features. Allow a day when visiting.

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Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
  Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course