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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.

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