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Dorrigo Local News Items

courier sun logoDestination Dorrigo local news highlights are listed here.  For all the Local Shire News go to the Bellingen Courier Sun local news page.



Dorrigo 2016 Bumper Olive Harvest

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The Mossgrove Olive harvest has been the best so far.  Of the ~11 harvests, since plantings started in 2001, 2016 has produced 550kg of high quality Frantoio olives.

With an approx. yield of ~19%, Mossgrove olive grove produced ~100 litrs of very high quality 'Olio Novello'.

For those not familiar with Olio Novello, here is a quote from Curtis Cord:

"There’s extra-virgin olive oil, and then there’s olio novello. Extremely coveted, this is the first batch of oil made from the year’s olive harvest. “Olio novellos are early harvest olive oils and have extraordinary flavor because the olives that make them are picked early and best capture the complexities of the olive fruit,” says Curtis Cord, publisher of the online newsletter Olive Oil Times and founder of the annual New York International Olive Oil Competition."

Bottled without filtering maintains the fresh fruit flavours of the oil.

Mossgrove will be offering 500ml bottles for sale at most Dorrigo Monthly Community Markets until sold out.

A special thanks to our pickers/friends for their valuable help during harvest.

Dorrigo, you’ve done it again!

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Magnificent Autumnal weather and a great blend of stallholders and businesses resulted in another fantastic Market in Dorrigo on Saturday. This was the second market to be conducted in Hickory Street by the Showground Trust for the Community of Dorrigo.

Dorrigo Distillery hits the mark

A boutique distillery specialising in unique flavours of vodka and gin is putting Dorrigo on the tourist map.  Bus loads of visitors are making a bee-line for Red Dirt Distillery, eager for a tasty sample.

Scientists race to save 11 endangered plants in NSW

Species identified this year as at risk:

  • Narrow-leaved bertya (Bertya ingramii)
  • Four-tailed grevillea (Grevillea quadricauda)
  • Bordered guinea flower (Hibbertia marginata)
  • Dorrigo waratah (Alloxylon pinnatum)

  • Tall knotweed (Persicaria elatior)
  • Moonee quassia (Quassia sp. Mooney Creek)
  • Trailing monotoca (Monotoca rotundifolia)
  • Creeping hop-bush (Dodonea procumbens)
  • Suggan buggan mallee (Eucalyptus saxatilis)
  • Bega wattle (Acacia georgensis)
  • Musty leek orchid (Prasophyllum pallens)

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Don Dorrigo and Guy Fawkes Advocate article Feb 2016


What a fantastic season we have had; wet, but not too wet, some hot days, but not too hot. The grass has grown, silage was made, beef prices are at record levels, the spuds are being harvested .... and, for retailers, the visitors have been at record levels. Those retail businesses that traded throughout the Christmas and New Year period, and ‘made hay whilst the sun shone”, have reported great trading results. This was very encouraging considering the quieter months experienced over the last couple of years in both Dorrigo and also all over regional areas of the State.

In trade, what were the causes of these record levels? Fiscal analysts will suggest this and that, ad nauseum. For our small town we know several factors have been very important, but paramount has been new shopping experiences. There is currently only one empty shop in town and we are bursting with beautiful boutiques, artisans and galleries. 

Thoughts from our friend Becky

share your ideasBusiness people want to know why they ought to pay dues to a business association that doesn't appear to help them directly. The association wants to know why businesses that don’t pay should reap any benefits.

When an association helps produce events, advertises, puts up signs, produces brochures or maps, all the businesses profit from the betterment of the town whether they are members or not. So businesses might think, why bother paying?

Should associations go so far as to kick non-paying businesses off their brochure or out of the business listings? No. No one benefits from excluding them. Pushing business owners away will not make them more likely to join. Why add more conflict or strife to your community? Most small towns have enough strife.

Instead, do the things that make being a member so incredibly attractive that no one can resist. Printed brochures and a town-wide website just don’t cut it any more. You’re going to have to do the things that businesses truly value right now.

Barnaby Joyce in Dorrigo

barnaby joyce luke destination dorrigoBarnaby Joyce, MP, Minister for Agriculture and Luke Hartsuyker MP drove out to Booma Boers Farm at Bostobrick, to try some goats cheese and sausage and pick up a kid goat.

They checked out the 5000 plus flock of Boer Goats then headed to the processing plant in Dorrigo to meet the staff who process the meat and produce the goats cheese. Booma have just started making Goat Cheese in the past month. They took time out in the main street for a quick snap before heading down to Raleigh to the Norco Factory.

Thanks for making Dorrigo your Destination, gentlemen!

Dorrigo RV Friendly

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Dorrigo is now, officially, an RV Friendly Town. 

Dorrigo has now been added to the Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia website.  This has opened up a great opportunity for Dorrigo to successfully host a greater number of visitors and increase the tourism traffic to help make Dorrigo a true destination of choice.

Dorrigo has developed all appropriate infrustructure to make CMCA members welcome.  See all facilities HERE.

Destination Dorrigo Website & WCAG Guidelines

dorrigo speech readerWeb Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is developed through the W3C process in cooperation with individuals and organisations around the world, with a goal of proving a single shared standard for web content accessibility that meets the needs of individuals, organisations, and governments internationally.

Destination Dorrigo Inc. is proud to announce that '' now has 'Screen Reader' content speech available for all website content.

Simply highlight the text you wish to hear and click on the 'play' button on the bottom of the screen.

The embodiment of true Australian grit

Steve Waugh is about to leave on a charity bike ride from Sydney to Byron Bay. Picture: PSTEVE WAUGH CYCLING SYDNEY TO BYRON FOR ORPHANS OF THE HEALTH SYSTEM

Renowned Aussie cricket legend, Steve Waugh, will be leading a group of high profile VIPs for the inaugural Captain's Ride - a 920km bicycle ride from Sydney to Byron Bay to raise awareness and money for children and young adults with rare diseases.

A group of 65 riders and six support vehicles are due to arrive at the Heritage Hotel  around 2.45pm on Wednesday November 4. The group is staying in two separate venues (The Heritage and The Lookout Motor Inn) and will depart from the Heritage Hotel approximately 7:15am the following morning, Thursday November 5.

The hope is to find local connections with the community who may turn out to see us arrive and depart, spread the message of the Steve Waugh Foundation, and of course build support and potential networks to help with our fundraising.

Press Release - Don Dorrigo & Guy Fawkes Advocate

Destination Dorrigo Inc. The New Kid on the Block!!

It is with much pride and excitement that we launch the newest, and only, all inclusive community based website and organisation for the promotion of Dorrigo.
Destination Dorrigo Inc. (DD) arose out of the enthusiasm for Dorrigo by a small number of energetic business owners, who have always been dedicated to the promotion, the long term sustainable survival and the growth of the town and area. With the incorporation of the organisation barely a month old, DD has already aimed for, achieved and delivered renewed vigour for many business and community organisations. For example, we have offered a presence on our website to one community organisation who has never been approached, to be included in promoting Dorrigo. They are ecstatic! We listed a B&B which, within 3 days, had a 9 day Christmas booking. Good for the organisations and accommodation houses; great for the town!

Dorrigo TOP100 Bucket List !

ExOz Top 100 Bucket List 2015

Dorrigo has made it onto the Experience OZ TOP100 Bucket List.  Read what Experience OZ has to say:

"An exceptionally beautiful national park, perhaps Dorrigo's most notable features are its waterfalls - walks are available that allow visitors to see these cascading bodies of water from a clear vantage point above, and serve as a true visual delight if there's been recent rainfall. The tracks of the national park are well maintained, and make it a joy for visitors to witness the extensive bird life that populate the park; lyrebirds are a common sight, and the echoes of various tree birds add an additional layer of atmosphere to the already tranquil environment. In addition, be sure not to miss out on the park's Skywalk platform that takes you out over the trees and results in a breathtaking view. Throw in plenty of idyllic spots for picnics and it's easy to get lost for a day here."....

New Free Website for Dorrigo

web design domain destination dorrigoDorrigo has a new website built to help promote the beautiful Dorrigo Plateau.  The website is free to all legitimate businesses and community organisations to add and maintain their website listing, special offers and events.

If you would like more information about listing content on the website please Contact Us.

Dorrigo firies answer US call

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters Martin Smith, based in Coffs Harbour, and Brett Atkinson, based in Dorrigo, are helping their American counterparts fight fires in California, Oregon and Washington alongside about 70 hand-picked firefighters from across Australia and New Zealand.

About Destination Dorrigo

Destination Dorrigo is a free directory website showcasing all there is to offer on the Dorrigo Plateau.  This site contains information on Accommodation, Local Businesses, Tourism, and our local Community Organisations as well as information on experiences and events which makes Dorrigo your destination. The website is an initiative of Destination Dorrigo Inc. and forms part an all-inclusive Destination Marketing Strategy. Click HERE to view our progress timeline.