Towns and Villages
Kyogle’s Features, Facts And Attractions-
Kyogle is where the original Northern Rivers still exists in World Heritage listed Rainforests, diverse cultures and rural landscapes once echoing with crosscut saws of the Cedar Getters harvesting their ‘Red Gold’. The Bundjalung word ‘kaiou-gal’ means ‘the place of the brush turkey or bustard’ or “native companion” which is a fast long-legged running bird. Kyogle Council LGA is 3,589 square kilometres of lifestyle with the Kyogle township having a population around 3,500. Visitors love their experience of Kyogle and the surrounding villages drawn by the spectacular natural beauty of the area that flows with the essence of the Australian rural character. With so much to offer it is no wonder that the Kyogle area is becoming recognised as the gem of the Far North Coast in New South Wales.
A visit to the Kyogle Visitor Information Centre, which is conveniently located on the main traffic route at the Cnr Summerland Way and Anzac Dr, will enhance your visit to the area. A good car park with access from the side street, offers plenty of room for caravans and motorhomes, The Centre opens 7 days a week 9am-4pm. Pop in and view the selection of brochures, make a purchase of local product, and receive helpful information from friendly volunteer locals who are only too happy to showcase their local region. Enjoy a break at the “Country Cafe” at the rear of the centre, where toilet facilites are also located. A electric BBQ area and lush parkland area adjoin the Information Centre, along with picnic areas, which is a great place to relax and unwind.
Culturally and environmentally diverse, the area centred on Kyogle is an ideal destination for a holiday.
The district boasts a wide range of natural assets, including the World Heritage listed Border Ranges National Park, Toonumbar National Park and no fewer than 12 state forests, all within easy reach of the towns and villages. And not far away is the Wollumbin/Mt Warning National Park.
An abundance of well-maintained facilities, picnic spots, camping sites, lookouts and walking trails will ensure that you enjoy all Kyogle has to offer. Good accomodation is available in farmstays, bed & breakfasts, rainforest retreats, pubs, motels and caravan parks.
Cross the creek and discover where real coffee is served, grab a picnic lunch and head out for a day of exploration in our World Heritage Rainforests or leisurely recreation at Toonumbar Dam. Begin a journey of discovery along the scenic Lions Road which provides a shorter, spectacularly scenic route over the McPherson Ranges and into Queensland. It is a more recent (1970) example of the pioneer spirit which created the area still being involved in community development. The road was a Lions Club project, with massive community support and assistance, and is a popular drive to visit the historically significant Border Loop Railway Spiral and Tunnels. Or you may choose one of the 1-10 “Gateway to the Rainforest- Tourist Drive ” brochures when exploring the area and visiting the villages of Woodenbong, historic Urbenville, uniquely Australian Bonalbo and sample Bush Tucker surrounded by authentic indigenous artwork at the home of the Australian Light Horse, Tabulam, where you can marvel at the longest single span wooden bridge in Australia.
Kyogle has maintained the character of its main street and hidden behind these beautiful façades is a plethora of shops; café’s, galleries, coffee shops and hotels offer the visitor a uniquely Australian experience or take the time to experience the Art Deco walk. A colourful Bazaar Market is held on the 4th Sunday of each month at the rear of the Visitor Information Centre from 8.00am to 2.00pm.
Kyogle is located 758 km north of Sydney, 184 km south of Brisbane and is 60 metres above sea level on the Richmond River at the base of the Fairymount (246mtrres high). Promoted as ‘The Gateway to the Rainforests’, a claim justified as it is surrounded by one of the largest remaining areas of rainforest in the state and the town boasts an annual rainfall of 1118mm.
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