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Border Ranges National Park

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From Kyogle, journey north along the Summerland Way approx 13kms to Wiangaree. Here you turn right in Lynches Creek Rd, observing the signs to the Border Ranges National Park. 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 and 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 self-service (honour system) pay stations, these are located at each entry and the camping areas.

The Tweed Scenic Drive (unsealed, but suitable for 2WD when dry) is a well-maintained 44kms 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 Albert’s lyrebird and the pouched frog. The NPWS has identified 170 species of birds living in the rainforest as well as many animals, so care should be taken driving as they might cross your path.
There is camping at Sheepstation Creek Rest Area and Forest Tops Camping Area with a small camping fee involved, being $6 per adult and/or $3.50 per child >5yrs old. This is a self-registration system and sites cannot be pre-booked. A NPWL staff member or Ranger patrols daily.  It is recommended to bring your own drinking water, and some fire wood. Fire wood supplies are available from the Caltex Service Station, Summerland Way, Kyogle for approx $11 a bag (with kindling), plus Caltex Service stations in Casino & Murwillumbah or Liberty Service Station, Lismore southside. If there has been consistant wet weather check road conditions by contacting the National Parks Office (except weekends). To check any of this info with regards to fees, road closures etc go direct to National Parks website http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au.
The Pinnacle Walk and Lookout is reached by a short 200m walk through the rainforest which will bring you to this magnificent feature, which is part of the rim of the Mt Warning caldera offering you a great view. Help protect endangered plants by staying on the walking track and not going beyond the lookout platform at the Pinnacle.
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.

detailed information

Location Brindle Creek, via Kyogle NSW 2474
Contact contact National Parks & Wildlife Services 02-66320000 or Kyogle Visitors Info Centre 02-66322700 (open 7 days per week)
Website http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/parkHome.aspx?id=N0050
Price Range $8 fee for day-use plus overnight camping fee