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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 road to head out to the Dam goes west. Turn left into Anzac Drive ( next to BP garage) and follow the signage. There is approx 33 kilometres of sealed road to the Dam complex . Come and enjoy a day by the water, picnic or fish. The unsealed road into Bells Bay Camping-within the boundary of the Dam area itself is rough and narrow (where there is a outdoor camping ground with basic amenities), 2.5 kilometres from the Dam wall. Stay under the 30 kph speed limit and take it slow. Bells Bay offers picnic facilities, bush walking, boat ramp and great fishing. As of Sept 2017, the camping ground will only be open of a weekend from 6am Friday to 5pm sunday with the exception of Public holidays and School holidays ( open fulltime). Due to the actual closure of the Toonumbar Waters retreat operated by Water NSW, the Kyogle fishing club ( volunteers) have take over the management of the camping ground ( with limited time and vollies). Further details with regards to camping can be obtained by contacting 0459383498. 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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