The Waterfall Way is a scenic drive which begins just south of Coffs Harbour on the NSW North Coast and connects with the beautiful tablelands of the New England region. The 191 km touring route winds inland from the Pacific Highway, through Bellingen, up to Dorrigo and onwards to Armidale. 

Armidale, Dorrigo, Bellingen and Coffs Harbour offer a good range of accommodation, outdoor cafes, heritage and visual arts for the adventurous traveler looking for nature and culture in equal measure.

From Coffs Harbour, drive south along the Pacific Highway towards Urunga for approximately 25 kilometres, then turn into Waterfall Way. The Waterfall Way will take you to Dorrigo National Park. This World Heritage listed national park encompasses 11,732 hectares of the Great Escarpment of the Dorrigo Plateau and is a land of natural beauty. The lower part of the drive is lush with rainforest and features several significant waterfalls, such as Ebor Falls and Dangar Falls, all within easy acess of the main road. 

Plan your journey to stop at Ebor Falls where you can picnic and partake of some of the delicious local honey-smoked trout available at the general store.

Once in Dorrigo there is much to see including the Dorrigo and Guy Fawkes Museum, the exceptional emporium in the main street displaying an eclectic range of second-hand goods and several good cafes–perfect for refuelling. 

The drive to Armidale is also picturesque, the land drier and flatter and evoative of Thunderbolt and his gang. As well as having spectacular countryside, Armidale has numerous wonderful museums and galleries including the New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place and the Printing Museum. 

You can find more information about the parks, accommodations and cafes at Visit NSW.

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