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Cathedral Rock National Park

 
Maps           
            1:250 000 Armidale Special SH56-10 Edition 2
            (Not needed on the track walks)
            1:25000 “Ebor”
            1.25000 “Maiden Creek”
            NPWS Cathedral Rock (sketch map)  
Access
Travel:  Armidale-East on Waterfall Way- 68.0 ( New England National Park turnoff)– continue - 5- turn left onto Cathedral Rock road- 8- Barokee Rest Area. Total 81 km.
To reach the Native Dog Campground
 (ignore turn left onto Cathedral Rock road above)continue on Waterfall Way-2 km- T-junction- turn left onto Guyra road- 7 km- turn left into Cathedral Rock Native Dog campground. Total from Armidale 82 km.   
It takes about 1 hour to drive from Armidale to Barokee or Native Dog.
Accommodation
Campsites at both Barokee and Native Dog are well set out, spacious and offer tables, barbecues, tentsites, and toilets. Fees at both rest areas are $3 per adult and $2 per child per night. No bookings are required.
Nearby there is Hotel/Motel accommodation in Ebor( about 4 km from the Waterfall Way- Guyra Road junction. Several homestays are also available- contact the Armidale Visitors Centre Armidale  Visitor Information Centre 82 Marsh Street Tel: 1800 627 736 Email: avicadm@bigpond.net.au
 
Walks
Walk Type
Approx Daily Km.
Terrain
Fitness
DW- One Day Walk
BP (3d2n) – Backpack, 3 days, 2 nights
CC (2d2n)-            Car Camp, 2 days, 2 nights
S - Short - Less than 10km
M - Medium - 10-15 km
L - Long - 15-20 km
XL - Extra Long - over 20 km
1 - Graded track, some incline
2 - Graded track, hills, creek crossings
3 - Rough track, steep sections, creek crossings
4 - Off track, moderate terrain
5 - Off track, thick terrain
6 - Rock climbing and exposure
A - Low fitness
B - Moderate fitness
C - Good fitness
D - Good fitness with agility
E - High fitness level
F - Strenuous - experienced walkers only!
Track Walks
1. The easy Warrigal Track provides a 1km circuit stroll from the Native Dog Creek Rest Area through dry woodland and granite boulders. Rating DW S 1 A
2. The 6 km circuit walk from Barokee Rest Area across wetland and around Cathedral Rock takes about 2½ hours. Rating DW S 2 B
3. The above circuit  plus climbing the Rock itself  takes about 4 hours. Getting to the summit involves some rock-scrambling, with a 15 metre chain assisting in the last bit.   The top at 1550 metres, with only nearby Round Mountain at  1584 metres (highest point between North Queensland and the Australian Alps) blocking a small section of the 360 degree view, is a great place to see a lot of NSW- the 1:250 00 Armidale map is worth spreading out here.  Rating DW M 4 D
4. The 10.4 km through walk from Barokee to Native Dog is a moderate (Rating DW M 2 B) with a good surface, a few easy ascents, and the option to climb Cathedral and Woolpack Rocks ( the last adds 1 hour).  
Information
For more information, contact the NPWS North Coast Region, Dorrigo Plateau Office, PO Box 170, Dorrigo NSW 2453. Ph: 02 66572 309.