Crystal Shower Falls and the Wonga Walk in Dorrigo National Park
Crystal Shower Falls is located in beautiful Dorrigo National Park, an hour away from Coffs Harbour and 580 kilometres north of Sydney.
The fun and exciting Wonga Walk, starting at the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, will get you to this very pretty waterfall.
Getting to Crystal Shower Falls
Dorrigo National Park is famous for its World Heritage listed rainforests, exciting walking tracks and beautiful waterfalls.
Crystal Shower Falls is one of these waterfalls, along the Waterfall Way, a 185km scenic drive between Coffs harbour and Armidale, passing through New England and Dorrigo national parks.
There are two ways to get to Crystal Shower falls, an easy way and a slightly more challenging way:
1. Wonga Walk
The challenging way is via the 6km Wonga walking track that starts at the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre. It has a large parking area, so even on busy days you should still be able to park your car there.
2. Satinbird Stroll
The easier way is via the Glade Picnic Area, located about 1km south of the Rainforest Centre. A short hiking trail named the Satinbird Stroll starts at this picnic area and joins the Wonga Walk. From there it’s only a short hike to the Crystal Shower Falls.
The Wonga Walk is a paved 6km rainforest loop trail that starts and ends at the Rainforest Centre in Dorrigo. Crystal Shower Falls is located just before the halfway mark of the circuit walk.
A suspension bridge brings you very close to the top of the waterfall, while a short side track takes you down to the bottom where you can stand right behind the water.
Standing behind the waterfall is actually a really cool experience, but be prepared to get a little bit wet!
From Crystal Shower Falls, you can choose to return to the Rainforest Centre via the same way or you can keep following the circuit walking track.
|Wonga Circuit Walk|
|Distance:||6 km (circuit)|
|Time:||2 hours (depending on stops)|
Continuing the Wonga circuit walk will take you to the even more impressive Tristana Falls, a cascade waterfall that all too often gets overlooked.
If you have enough time and energy to do the whole loop, it’s definitely worth doing this, as the second part of the Wonga loop is actually more enjoyable than the first part.
The return trip via Tristana Falls feels more like a true bushwalk, whereas the first part to Crystal Shower Falls is a family-friendlier affair with boardwalks and paved sections.
As mentioned above though, the full Wonga circuit walk is a bit challenging. It’s a reasonably long walk with some steep sections which for young children may be a bit too much, especially when you still have a long day ahead of you.
Crystal Shower Falls is a great warmup for what’s to come. Nearby Dangar Falls on the Bielsdown River in Dorrigo is absolutely stunning and one of the major highlights along the Waterfall Way.
Along the Waterfall Way, it’s best to park your car at the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre and do the Wonga Walk to Crystal Shower Falls.
Alternatively, for a shortcut, you can park at the Glade Picnic Area and make your way to the waterfall from there.