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Scenic Drives

  • Lions Road & Border Loop

    Scenic Drive Number 2

    ****PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LIONS ROAD REMAINS CLOSED TO ALL TOURIST TRAFFIC WHILST COUNCIL CARRIES OUT A 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.