• Length: 3.5km

  • Duration: 1-2hrs

  • Grade: 2

  • Style: Return

  • Start: The Glade Picnic Area

  • End: The Glade Picnic Area

  • Closest Town: Coffs Harbour

  • Location: Dorrigo National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 570km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -30.372055

  • Longitude: 152.725463

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Drinking Water

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Overnight Campsites

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The Crystal Shower Falls Walk is a 3.5km, grade 2 return hike located in the Dorrigo National Park, NSW. The hike should take approximately 1-2hrs to complete.


The walk to Crystal Shower Falls might be one of the shortest waterfall walks, but it is also one of the most intriguing because you can go behind the waterfall itself. Lush rainforest towers above you on the walk to the falls and you might hear the call of rainforest birds like fruit doves.

The walk to Crystal Shower Falls offers a relaxing stroll through the beautiful Dorrigo Rainforest. Gentle hills, occasional steps but overall an easy hike.

Once you reach the falls, a suspension bridge leads to a short side track that will take you behind the waterfall into a rocky cavern.

To get to Crystal Shower Falls you’ll need to take the first part of the Satinbird stroll and then join the Wonga walk, leaving from The Glade picnic area. If you are feeling energetic and want to explore the rainforest more you can carry on walking the Wonga walk.

Getting There

Travel from Sydney to Coffs Harbour. From Coffs Harbour (39km) head south along the Pacific Highway. After crossing the Bellinger River, take the Waterfall Way exit to Dorrigo via Bellingen. Turn right at Dome Road and continue for approximately 1.6km to the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre. Continue past the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre along Lyrebird Lane to the end

About the Region

Dorrigo National Park is only an hour from Coffs Harbour and yet if feels miles away. Visit World Heritage listed rainforests on a school excursion or day trip; magnificent waterfall walks, scenic barbecue areas and excellent birdwatching opportunities await you.


  • Dorrigo Rainforest Centre – interactive display, walking maps, cafe and toilets here.
  • Park Entry Fees Apply
  • The weather at Dorrigo National Park can vary from warm to mild to cool, depending on the time of year you visit. The summer months usually have the highest rainfall.

Contributed by Miriam Tomek

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