Aboriginal Enterprise Development Project

Project Overview

The property known as ‘Dorodong’ is located approximately 8 kilometres north of Dorrigo NSW and forms part of the traditional lands of the Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal people. The property is owned by Dorodong Association Incorporated and managed for its conservation, cultural and primary production values.  Dorodong is recognised for its ecotourism potential, due to its high level of cultural and natural attributes and close vicinity to regional centres. Dorodong Association recognised it is critical that Aboriginal people be at the forefront of planning for their future prosperity and have been active in looking for every opportunity to improve the wellbeing of their people. Their aspirations for this project are to provide their people with long-term training and employment opportunities. They look forward to seeing the social and economic benefits for their community, ensuring a strong cultural connection to their country in perpetuity.

Our Role

Ecobalance was engaged to identify the critical planning factors for determining an economically viable ecotourism enterprise at the property known as Dorodong, which could provide training and employment opportunities for Dorodong Association and its respective members.


The proposed ecotourism enterprise could offer two types of accommodation: 

  • 14 cabins, with 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom, dining area and verandah. This will accommodate between 2-5 people, comfortable for people stopping over, and people who are not looking for a luxury, ‘done for you’ experience. Campers, True Travelers and Budget Compatriots types of visitors would suit this accommodation style. 
  • 20 powered campsites, suitable for campervans, camper trailers and tents.

The proposed ecotourism enterprise could offer two types of experiences depending on the length of stay: 

  • A short stay (1-2 nights) accommodation service for self-drive visitors. One keystone natural experience and one keystone cultural experience should be offered as the primary attractions for staying at Dorodong. 
  • A longer stay (3 – 5 nights) accommodation service for visitors looking for a longer stay. 

The activities offered by the ecotourism enterprise should be centred on natural and cultural experiences. They include campfire chats with Gumbaynggirr Elders and bush walks, explaining culture, language, history, bush tucker and hunting skills. 


Dorrigo, NSW, Australia.


Dorodong Association Incorporated.