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IMPORTANT NOTE;  2017
Kyogle Council is embarking on a major project of replacing six wooden bridges along the Grady’s Creek and Lions Road, through the Australian Government Bridge Renewal Program.
Construction will take place over 3 stages with works beginning in early January 2017 AND DUE TO UNPLANNED EVENTS COULD BE CLOSED TO TOURISM TRAFFIC TILL DEC 2017. Keep an eye on our News item-front page - at the beginning of this website for uptodate details on events and construction closures. This will result in changed traffic conditions, detours and longer travel times around some of these sites for local residents, and WILL THEREFORE BE CLOSED FROM ALL ENTRANCES TO THE MAJORITY OF TOURIST TRAFFIC, though at times detour signs will be in place re-directing traffic from opposite Wiangarie General Store, to travel along Lynch’s Creek road, then detour across Simes road to reconnect onto The Lions rd. If in doubt, contact Visitor Information centre 66322700 or CounciI 66321611.
Council apologies for any inconvenience but in the long run there will be improved safer access for residents and motorists, safer routes for school buses, improved access for emergency, essential services and less maintenance in the future for council staff. Also with the new, more sturdy bridges, load limits will be removed along the route making it easier for heavy vehicles but keeping in mind that the road structure and curves do not allow caravans and/or mobile homes to travel along this road.
Contact either council on 66321611 or Kyogle Visitors Information Centre on 66322700 for further information.

The Lions Road is an Initiative of the Kyogle & Beaudesert Lions Clubs with a great history.

The Lions Road is a shorter scenic link between Beaudesert Qld and Grafton NSW, passing through the exquisite World Heritage Border Ranges Nation Park and overlooking the unique and historically significant Spiral Loop railway line (the Border Loop)

This scenic tourist road is one of the most memorable experiences you’ll encounter on your journey to or from the Northern Rivers region of NSW.

You can access the Lions Road by travelling via the Summerland Way linking Brisbane and Coffs Harbour.

From the North: 24km south of Beaudesert Queensland, turn left into Running Creek Road off the Mt. Lindesay Highway at Innisplain.

From the South: 19km north of Kyogle turn right into Wilsons Avenue off the Summerland Way at The Risk.

History of The Lions Road

Local organizations had tried since the opening of the interstate railway in 1930 to have a road built along the same direct route to Brisbane via Richmond Gap, lowest geographical point, 1,250 feet in the McPherson Range. Finally an announcement was made in 1966 that a decision on the route would be made in 1967 with work on construction starting in 1969. When the Government walked away from this commitment in 1969 the Kyogle Lions Club undertook the promotion of the road as a community project. With the unyielding drive of Mr. Jack Hurley the best route was selected with club deciding in 1971 to build a low standard jeep (4 wheel drive) track as a means of lobbying for support. With many offers of assistance from companies and the community, a dirt road suitable for cars was eventually built and opened in December 1971.

It was a massive undertaking for a service club. 11km of road over the rugged McPherson Range, 56 sets of pipes, 3 bridges and 12 cattle grids. When the Queensland Border was reached, the Beaudesert Lions Club came on board and injected new life into the project. The Army later helped by reconstructing 2km in Qld. Over 100,000 vehicles per year use the road and donation boxes at the Border gates are well supported. This money has enabled the Lions to approach government bodies with an offer to contribute to seal the surface, which was completed in 2002. All money for roadworks is given to the Kyogle Council and Beaudesert Shire Council (Now Scenic Rim Council). The club concentrates on amenities and rehabilitation.

The story is told in detail in a book “The Lions Road” which unfortunately is now out of print ( 2017) but copies may be available at Cougal Park B&B, Wiangaree Store, Kyogle Newsagency or direct from the Kyogle Lions Club – P.O. Box 56 Kyogle, 2474. The cost of this book is $28.00 with all proceeds going to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.  You would also be able to borrow it from your local library or through Inter-Library Loans.

detailed information

Location The Lions Road 19klms north of Kyogle turn i nto Wilsons ave, at The Risk.
Contact 02 6632 2700 Kyogle Visitors Info Centre 7 days a week