The results are in - DiscountMyFlights Group’s month-long contest has located the most irresistible, exotic, historic and postcard-worthy small towns in Australia … and Dorrigo makes the list.
“It’s no surprise that some of the country’s most populated states, like New South Wales and Victoria, are home to a large number of the coolest hidden gems of the Land Down Under,” DiscountMyFlights Group’s Matthew Greenspan said.
“It’s easy to marvel at the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne’s beaches backed by skyscrapers, but travelers who only explore Australia’s largest cities are missing out on what truly makes the country tick. It’s Australia’s small towns and villages that showcase the country’s diverse culture, beautiful town’s like Dorrigo.
“It’s a great result for the Bellingen Shire as we searched all of Australia’s nooks and crannies for the most alluring towns, rich in culture, mouthwatering eats, local wines, World Heritage Sites, picture-perfect scenery, funky shops and tree-lined streets … and Dorrigo came up in the top 50.”
DiscountMyFlights listed the town’s best features as follows:
Dorrigo sits on top of the range just a 30-minute scenic drive along Waterfall Way from Bellingen, one hour from Coffs Harbour, and 1.5 hours from Armidale or Grafton in New South Wales, Australia. Waterfall Way lives up to its name as we have many spectacular waterfalls in the area along with World Heritage-listed National Parks. The rainforests in Dorrigo National Park are part of the Gondwana Rainforests of the Australia World Heritage Area; the most extensive strip of diverse rainforest anywhere on earth.
Active visitors can choose from a long list of outdoor activities, including trout fishing, heart-pumping white water rafting, canoeing, pack horse riding, camping, canyoning/abseiling, four wheel driving, bush walking, and self-drive scenic tours.
Why should people visit Dorrigo?
Dorrigo is one of the most friendly towns you will ever visit. Dorrigo caters to all visitors from RV travellers to those looking for a hotel style stay to B&B’s or resort style accommodation.
Dorrigo Fun Fact
Dorrigo is one of the most beautiful areas you will ever visit.
Where’s the best place to stay when folks visit your town?
The Lookout Mountain Retreat.
What’s the one place that every traveller should check out for eating?
The Heritage Hotel Fernery Bistro.
What’s an attraction in your town that every visitor must see/do?
Dorrigo National Park and Dangar Falls.
Other NSW town’s who made the cut were: Lithgow, Narooma, Coonabarabran, Orange, Leura, Cobar, Blayney, Brunswick Heads, Peak Hill, Tenterfield, Blacktown, Camden, Narromine and Dubbo.
For more information see: www.discountmyflights.com.au/traveltreks/australias-top-50-small-towns/