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.