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Scenic Drives

  • Border Ranges

    Scenic Drive Number 4

    ATTENTION: CLOSURE OF EASTERN ENTRANCE The eastern entrance to the Border Ranges National Park at Barkers Vale is closed. All areas of the Park are accessible, including camping areas, picnic areas, lookouts and walking tracks but ACCESS IS VIA WIANGAREE ONLY. It is not known as at 01.08.17 when the Eastern entrance will re-open. 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 $8 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. 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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