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Scenic Drives

  • Toonumbar Dam

    Scenic Drive Number 1

    It is 33 kilometres from Kyogle to the dam. On the northern edge of town, the road to Nimbin turns east, and the dam road goes west. There is approx 25 kilometres of sealed road, then 8 km of dirt, impassable after heavy rain. The unsealed road into Bells Bay (where there is a outdoor camping ground with basic amenities), 2.5 kilometres from the dam wall, is rough and narrow. Stay under the 30 kph speed limit and take it slow. Bells Bay offers picnic facilities, bush walking, boat ramp and great fishing. The Dam area offers superb picnic facilities, 9 hole golf course, bush walking, bird watching, boating and fishing and cabin style accommodation. A NSW Fishing licence is required for fishing at the Dam, which are available from the Kyogle Visitors Info Centre (which is open 7 days per week 9am-4pm), before making the trip out to Bells Bay. Toonumbar Dam is open to all forms of boating, however a speed limit of 8 knots applies throughout the Lake Toonumbar. It is also a great place for canoeing or kayaking. There are some magnificent bush walks, 4WD drive along the Cambridge Plateau towards Mallanganee. A little time spent on the internet searching for the NSW National Parks of Toonumbar, and, Border Ranges, and the search terms Tweed Range Scenic Drive, and The Pinnacle, will open up access to one of the most impressive landscapes within reach of South East Queensland and northern New South Wales. This half day drive takes you west to the beautiful Richmond Range along mostly sealed roads with picnic areas, toilets, camping and accommodation available.

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  • Lions Road & Border Loop

    Scenic Drive Number 2

    ****PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LIONS ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM 9TH JANUARY 2017, TO ALL TOURIST TRAFFIC, FOR APPROXIMATELY SIX MONTHS WHILST COUNCIL CARRIES OUT BRIDGE RENEWAL PROGRAM-6 WOODEN BRIDGES BEING REPLACED.**** Council apologies for any inconvenience but in the long run conditions will be improved for all who travel on Grady's Creek & Lions roads. This full day drive takes you through scenic and culturally significant areas, offering segments of the Border Ranges NP along the Lions Road and cultural icons such as the Border Loop Railway and magnificent Mt Lindesay. The Border Loop Railway Lookout, which has amenities and picnic facilities, is an ideal area for a break and is a must for train buffs. View a series of tunnels forming a ‘Spiral Loop’, also known as ‘The Border Loop’. Upon completion it was possible to travel an unbroken journey from Brisbane to Adelaide. The construction was under taken at the height of the depression, employing 1500 men. These days train buffs, can watch (if lucky to be there when a train is on the line- one can phone 132232 to check on train times) as trains come up one valley, pass through the mountain twice to cross the original track thereby gaining 20 metres in height. Breathtaking views will be experienced whilst driving through the rainforest areas. Caution is advised when driving in this area because of its winding nature and wildlife crossing the road. Listen for the beautiful song of the bellbird. Mt Lindesay dominates the skyline as you continue your drive westwards towards Woodenbong, where you can refuel, find food or have a picnic.

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  • Homeleigh

    Scenic Drive Number 3

    This half day drive on mainly sealed roads takes you through stunning examples of our rural lifestyle offering views of the Border Ranges NP as a breathtaking backdrop.There are many opportunities to view the Border Ranges National Park from the left hand side of the road. Other features start to appear as the road turns east offering spectacular view into Horseshoe Creek Valley. Look for Mount Warning (Wollumbin) , Mount Nardi, ( easily identified with its television owers) and Nimbin Rocks, steeped in Aboriginal legend. The roadside verge of Homeleigh Rd scenic loop provides a small and narrow window into the habitat of the koalas which are located by patient observation and sometimes luck. The road becomes Sargents Road and continues, traversing a ridge and offering beautiful views of the countryside on both sides of the road. Turn left when you arrive at Kyogle Road and continue to Cawongla, a delightful village tucked away in the rainforest and hub of the local area. Cawongla General Store is a great place to stop for refreshments, while exploring the surprisingly well-stocked art gallery with works by many local artists.

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  • Border Ranges

    Scenic Drive Number 4

    Experience the lush tropical rainforests of the Gondwana Caldera, the World Heritage listed Border Ranges NP offers some of the most scenic country in Northern NSW. Located 28klms north of Kyogle via Wiangarie the turn off to Brindle Creek via Lynche's Creek's is off the Summerland Way opposite the Wiangarie General Store. This is also your last chance to obtain refreshments and picnic supplies to take with you. Access includes some gravel roads. A World Heritage Listed rainforest, the Border Ranges lies on the New South Wales/Queensland border. It encompasses 31,729 hectares of scenic rainforest featuring deep gorges with waterfalls that plunge hundreds of metres. Border Rangers National Park, is located on the rim of a vast and ancient volcano, adjoins Lamington National Park in Queensland. Border Rangers National Park offers spectacular views, pristine rainforest, waterfalls, sparkling creeks, steep escarpments and rugged ridges. Bush walkers and birdwatchers flock to this park. Visitors to the park need to pay a fee for day-use (being $7 per vehicle) and an extra fee if using the camping areas. There are 4 pay stations, these self-registration systems are located at each park entry and the 2 camping areas. Camping sites cannot be pre-booked. Shortly after entering the park (from the Kyogle entry) you will see on your left, the Sheepstation Creek Camping Area entry and further along the road, up in the rainforest even more so, is the Forest Tops Camping Area. During this scenic drive, there are many lookouts and places to stop and have a walk in the bush and enjoy the peace and quiet. As you continue along this scenic drive, caution should be used as you leave the park as the road descends rapidly. You will then head towards Wadeville, where you can stop at The Border Ranges Centre for a refreshment stop. Then head towards Cawongla village and perhaps another stop at the Cawongla general store, where you can view local arts and crafts as well as enjoying local hospitality. The Pinnacle Lookout is reached by a short 200m walk across the rim of the area. Help protect endangered plants by staying on the walking track and not going beyond the lookout platform at the Pinnacle. BORDER RANGES NATIONAL PARK ATTENTION : CLOSED AREA The Pinnacle Lookout will be closed for construction works for approximately 5 weeks on Mondays to Fridays commencing 4th August 2014 (Ends Monday 8 September) The Lookout will reopen to visitors on weekends during this period. The closure is planned to allow for replacement of the existing walkway and to improve visitor safety at the site. We apologise for any inconvenience, we recommend that visitors visit the nearby Blackbutts Lookout during this time. The Tweed Scenic Drive (unsealed, but suitable for 2WD when dry) is a well-maintained 44klms of gravel road traversing through the park, from the eastern side, which follows the escarpment edge of the huge eroded Mount Warning Caldera. The drive can be completed in 4-5 hours allowing for a leisurely pace with stops to enjoy views, strolls in the rainforest and picnic breaks. It provides access to incomparable views, particularly of Mount Warning. The park is a haven to native fauna such as Alberts lyrebird and the pouched frog. If there has been consistant wet weather check road conditions by contacting the Kyogle National Parks Office 0266320000 (except weekends). Further information about any major disruptions to park conditions or maintenance is usually obtained from the National Parks website http://www.environmental.nsw.gov.au or contacting the A/Hrs no for NPWL 0266270200. Picnic areas throughout the park, include Brindle Creek Picnic Area and Antartic Beech Picnic Area, Blackbutts Lookout and Picnic Area, and Bar Mountain Picnic Area.

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  • Historic Dyraaba Homestead

    Scenic Drive Number 5

    A half day drive through the regions most productive farmland first settled in 1840, experience history, culture and scenic beauty. The Drive explores some of the district's best farming land, while providing spectacular views across the north of Richmond valley to the Border Ranges & Mt Warning (Wollumbin-the mountains aboriginal name). Commencing in Kyogle you'll head south. On the drive you'll pass the historic Dyrabba homestead. Along the Richmond Range you'll drive through fine stands of spotted gums and enjoy the scenic rural views. Passing through the larger town of Casino, where you could make a stop at the Jabiru Geneebeinga Wetlands (Next to the Golf club) you'll make a small diversion off Summerland Way on the northern end of town, before travelling back towards Kyogle.

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  • Touch the Country Drive

    Scenic Drive Number 6

    Showcasing the best Kyogle Council LGA has to offer this full day drive encompasses scenic rural countryside, vast racks of forest and productive farmland.

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  • Pretty Gully

    Scenic Drive Number 7

    West of the Range provides some truly memorable experiences, the historic Upper Clarence Valley is naturally, culturally and historically significant. This tourist drive is a total of 131klms. Allow a full day, and there is 45klms of gravel road suitable for vehicles which have reasonable clearance. Commencing at Tabulam this drive ends either back in Tabulam or straight back to the Bruxner Highway. Along the way you will pass through some lovely rural villages, Flora Reserves, or visit the Tooloom Falls or the Bean Creek Falls. At Urbenville you will find fuel, food/groceries and arts & crafts. On the later half of the journey you will pass through the Yabbra State forest where you will view stately flooded gums (E.grandis) standing like ghosts with their white trunks.

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  • Tooloom Falls

    Scenic Drive Number 8

    Drive through the northern region of the Upper Clarence, an area noted for its cultural significance and complex natural environment. This is a half day circuit drive which can be accessed from the Mt Lindesay Highway. The total distance is approx 64 klms on sealed roads. Much of the complexity of the natural surrounds is due to activity associated with the Focal Peak Volcano, which was active some 23 million years ago. The eroded volcanic remains of Mt Lindesay, Dome Mountain, Edinburgh Castle and the North and South Obelisks dominate the landscape during the drive. The Tooloom Falls (with a fall drop of 8 metres into a deep pool) is a significant viewing area along this drive. The word Tooloom is corrupted from the Gidabal word Dooloomi, meaning headlice, named to keep children away from the dangerous pool. Tooloom Falls is one of the most significant sites in Gidabal country and was delcared an Aboriginal Place in 1977 under the National Parks and Wildlife Act. Respect the site, admire the view and take photographs, but stay well back from the edge of the falls and keep away from the slippery rocks.

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  • Tabulam

    Scenic Drive Number 9

    This drive starts and finishes on the Bruxner Highway at Tabulam. Being a half drive drive, the distance travelled is approx 55 klms with 25 klms being unsealed. The drive gives you views of the Clarence River and offers a stopover by this magnificent river half way through the journey. Historically Tabulam is the home of the Light Horse Brigade, the Longest Single Span Timber Truss Bridge in Australia (161metres in length) and Keith Cameron’s Gallery where a disused silo has been coverted into an imposing viewing tower and gallery and where you can admire his Sculpture walk park, this drive takes you to them all.

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  • Cambridge Plateau

    Scenic Drive Number 10

    Farm and Nature touring in its splendor best, begin your journey of discovery in the quaint village of Mallanganee. This is a half day circuit drive with a total distance of 77klms of which approx 47 is gravel road suitable for 2 wheel drive vehicles with reasonable clearance. Pack a picnic basket, as you will travel through some beautiful countryside which will offer picnic and rest areas with toilets, lookouts, national parks and forest roads, which offer bush walking, and experience some superb scenic drives. Along the way listen out for the bellbirds and watch for colourful king parrots. There are camping areas dotted around, if you wish to stay overnight. This will involve a self registration sytem for overnight visitors.

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