Perched high on a plateau behind Coffs Harbour, Dorrigo once held sovereignty over a majestic sweep of rainforest. Much of that forest has been lost, initially to the cedar-loggers and subsequently to farmers’ axes.
Thankfully, the remaining pockets of forest are protected within Dorrigal National Park. A 2km drive out of the town takes the visitor to the park's Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, open daily.
Here, you can get a unique perspective on the forest, with the wheelchair-friendly Skywalk and the Walk with the Birds platforms which present tree-top view of the forest.
The forest gives sanctuary to a variety of native animals including that voracious hunter, the spotted-tailed quoll. You can picnic with brush turkeys in the Glade or visit the cafe at the Rainforest Centre.
The Dutton Trout Hatchery at Ebor to the west ensures that the streams around Dorrigo are well-stocked with fish.
The privately-owned Dorrigo Steam Railway Museum on Tallowwood Street preserves the largest collection of locomotives, railmotors, carriages and rolling stock in Australia.