WHERE Cathedral Rock National Park is on the New England Tableland: 560km north of Sydney, 400km south of Brisbane and 60km east of Armidale, NSW. The surrounding parks are accessible from Waterfall Way, which runs between Armidale and the coast.
CAMPING Cathedral Rock NP has two camping areas available: Barokee and Native Dog. Barokee campground is 8km into the park. Its sites are great for tents and camper trailers, but caravans are advised to use the Native Dog rest area because of the narrow access road and lack of turning bays at the campground. The Native Dog rest area is situated on the northern side of Cathedral Rock NP, along a 1km access road. This campground is suitable for tents, camper trailers and caravans. Facilities at both campsites include pit toilets, several picnic tables and wood barbecues with firewood provided by NPWS. Fees are payable via an honesty system at the information board at each campground. Camping fees are $5 per adult and $3 per child per night. No bookings required.
WHAT TO TAKE You need to be totally self-sufficient at either campground, with your own food and water. Several streams flow through the park and water points are signposted by NPWS for collection of water. It’s best to boil any water for at least three minutes before drinking. SUPPLIES AND FACILITIES An advantage for families spending several days on the New England Tableland is that supplies are not far away. Armidale, a major regional town, is only 60km away if you need extra supplies. For smaller items, the hamlet of Ebor is a 10-minute drive away. Ebor has very limited facilities, so be prepared. Phone service is available with the main carriers in most locations in the park.
TRIP STANDARD The main road into Cathedral Rock is an 8km unsealed road. It is irregularly maintained, so be prepared for corrugations and a few potholes. As always on dirt roads, select 4WD.
CONTACTS AND INFORMATION For more information on the Cathedral Rock or New England national parks, contact the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre on (02) 6657 2309, or visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au. The Rainforest Centre has a range of maps, PDF files and offers information on local weather and road conditions.
PERMITS AND MAPS The standard national park daily vehicle entry fee of $7 applies if you are visiting any of the parks in the area. This is payable at either the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre or at the information boards located within the park.