Dangar Falls is a waterfall located within Dorrigo that offers stunning views from both above and below the falls. These falls are found within the New England region around 1.4km from Dorrigo on Coramba Road. The lookout does not involve much walking from the car park. Facilities like BBQs, toilets and parks are some you can expect to find at these falls. Camping is available on a property just next door to the falls although it is highly recommended you book in advance if you are planning to stay. The car park is a generous size however; this is a high-traffic tourist spot so parking can be limited.
Getting to the bottom of Dangar Falls
From the viewing platform, you will see a path that leads down to the left. This path is the one that will take you on your descent to the bottom of the falls. The path is not wheelchair accessible but is well maintained and one you can take your children on. Most of the path to the bottom is a wooden boardwalk with some stairs in sections. The way down will take you around 10-15 minutes to get in depending on how often you stop for photos along the way.
As you move closer to the falls you will walk out to another lower viewing platform before moving down closer to the falls. The path from here is no longer boarded and can be slippery as it is a mix of mud and rocks. A chained fence is there for you to hold on to along the way. Wear shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy if you chose to move forward in this section.
Once at the bottom, you have the option to take spectacular shots of the falls or you can go for a swim in the deep, refreshing water. There are no picnic areas at the bottom but are some rocks you can sunbathe on or have a picnic on top of. There are often many people here and one time so prepare to share the area with a few other tourists.
The waterhole is big enough for plenty of people to swim in, it can just be congested when entering the water. You can swim right under the roaring falls but be careful as the pressure can push you under. The entry point to the falls starts out shallow before getting deep enough to not touch the bottom. Don’t forget to pack a towel if you plan on going for a swim!
On your return, enjoy some of the amazing plants in the Dangar Falls area. You will see some paths leading off the boardwalks, these lead to other viewing vantage points of the river leading off of the falls. It is recommended to only walk on existing paths so you do not damage the vegetation within the area. The walk back may take you a little longer as there are upwards stairs to get you back to the car but should still take only around 15 minutes.
Expect to complete the entire Dangar Falls return walk in around 30 minutes with a total distance covered of around 1km. You can also get to the top of the falls if you wish by taking the walk to your right from the starting lookout next to the information board. This is not an official walk but does have a little warn in track for those seeking another small cascade found at the top.
While in the area, another fantastic waterfall to check out is Crystal shower falls, also in the Dorrigo national park.