Tourist Drive Number 8

UPDATE; November 2021

Closed parks: Bandahngan Aboriginal Area at Tooloom Falls currently closed until further notice.

Bandahngan Aboriginal Area (known as Tooloom Falls camping area-free) at Tooloom Falls is currently closed to all visitors/campers. The closure follows concerns raised by the Githabul Aboriginal Community about the site. The impacts of camping along with recent drought has killed many trees within the 2-hectare Aboriginal Area. The closure will allow NPWS to deal with the hazardous trees and work with the Githabul Community on planning for future develoment and uses of the area.

You can take your car to the closed gate and park, then still walk in and have a picnic or view the falls, but please care for the surrounds, and leave NO RUBBISH behind, please take everything with you.

 

Other campground areas are available in Urbenville and Woodenbong villages, and at Koreelah and Richmond Range National Park. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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Drive through the northern region of the Upper Clarence, an area noted for its cultural significance and complex natural environment. This is a half day circuit drive which can be accessed from the Mt Lindesay Highway. The total distance is approximately 64 km on sealed roads. Much of the complexity of the natural surrounds is due to activity associated with the Focal Peak Volcano, which was active some 23 million years ago. The eroded volcanic remains of Mt Lindesay, Dome Mountain, Edinburgh Castle and the North and South Obelisks dominate the landscape during the drive.

The Tooloom Falls (with a fall drop of 8 metres into a deep pool) is a significant viewing area along this drive. The word Tooloom is corrupted from the Gidabal word Dooloomi, meaning headlice, named to keep children away from the dangerous pool. Tooloom Falls is one of the most significant sites in Gidabal country and was delcared an Aboriginal Place in 1977 under the National Parks and Wildlife Act. Respect the site, admire the view and take photographs, but stay well back from the edge of the falls and keep away from the slippery rocks.

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Tourist Drive Number 7

UPDATE FOR TOOLOOM FALLS November 2021

 

Closed parks: Bandahngan Aboriginal Area (known as Tooloom Falls camping area-free) at Tooloom Falls currently closed until further notice (updated 23/11/21)

Bandahngan Aboriginal Area at Tooloom Falls is currently closed to visitors. The closure follows concerns raised by the Githabul Aboriginal Community about the site. The impacts of camping along with recent drought has killed many trees within the 2-hectare Aboriginal Area. The closure will allow NPWS to deal with the hazardous trees and work with the Githabul Community on planning for future development and uses of the area.

Other campground areas are available in Urbenville and Woodenbong villages, and at Koreelah and Richmond Range National Park. We apologies for any inconvenience.

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The historic Upper Clarence Valley is naturally, culturally and historically significant. This tourist drive is a total of 131 km of which 45 km is unsealed but suitable for vehicles which have reasonable clearance. Allow a full day for this drive which commences at Tabulam and ends either back in Tabulam or onto the Bruxner Highway. Along the way you will pass through some lovely rural villages and flora reserves, or visit Tooloom Falls or Bean Creek Falls. At Tabulam, Urbenville and Bonalbo you will find fuel, food/groceries and arts & crafts. On the later half of the journey you will pass through the Yabbra State forest where you will view stately Flooded Gums (Eucalyptus grandis) standing like ghosts with their white trunks.

Pretty Gully

Tourist Drive Number 2

NOTE: 31/7/21

With the current Covid restrictions within Qld, the Border Crossing, from NSW into Qld, just past the Lookout had been barricaded off with large concrete blocks and fences, so no access into Qld via this road. Only access is via the Mt Lindesay Highway, which is manned 24/7.

 

This full day drive takes you through scenic and culturally significant areas, offering segments of the Border Ranges NP along the Lions Road, and cultural icons such as the Border Loop Railway and magnificent Mt Lindesay.

The Border Loop Railway Lookout, which has amenities and picnic facilities, is an ideal area for a break and is a must for train buffs. View a series of tunnels forming a ‘Spiral Loop’, also known as ‘The Border Loop’ which allows trains to rise 20m on their climb through the McPherson Range. Upon completion in 1930 it was possible to travel an unbroken journey from Brisbane to Adelaide for the first time.  Experience breathtaking views, sparkling creeks, wildlife and hear the song of the Bell Birds.

Mt Lindesay dominates the skyline as you continue west from Rathdowney towards Woodenbong where you can re-fuel, find food or have a picnic. Return to Kyogle via the Summerland Way passing through scenic countryside and historical villages.

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Tourist Drive Number 4

Experience the lush tropical rainforests of the Gondwana Caldera, in the World Heritage listed Border Ranges National Park featuring deep gorges with waterfalls, spectacular views, sparkling creeks, steep escarpments and rugged ridges. Located 28kms north of Kyogle, access is via Lynch’s Creek Road opposite the Wiangarie General Store, which is your last chance to obtain refreshments and picnic supplies to take with you.

The Tweed Range Scenic Drive is a well maintained gravel road suitable for 2WD vehicles when dry, the eastern side of which follows the escarpment edge of the huge eroded Mt Warning (Wollumbin) 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.

If there has been consistent wet weather check road conditions by contacting the Kyogle National Parks Office 0266320000 (except weekends). The free NSW National Parks & Wildlife App is now a very good way to make bookings for park access and camping, checking up to date info on closures, park facilities and news. Free at the I Store or Google Play. Further information about any major disruptions to park conditions or maintenance is usually obtained from the National Parks website http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au or contacting the A/Hrs no for NPWL 0266270200.

Border Ranges

Tourist Drive Number 10

Begin your journey of discovery in the quaint village of Mallanganee. This is a half day circuit drive with a total distance of 77 km of which approx 47 km is gravel road suitable for 2 wheel drive vehicles with reasonable clearance. Pack a picnic basket, as you will travel through National Parks, forest and beautiful countryside with picnic areas, with toilets, and lookouts. Experience bush walking and listen for the bellbirds or watch for colourful king parrots. There are camping areas available if you wish to stay overnight. National Parks self registration system for camping fees applies at Peacock Creek Campground.

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Tourist Drive Number 9

This drive starts and finishes on the Bruxner Highway at Tabulam. Being a half day drive, the distance travelled is approximately 55 km with 25 km being unsealed. The drive gives you views of the Clarence River and offers a stopover by this magnificent river half way through the journey. Historically, Tabulam is the home of the Light Horse Brigade in the Northern Rivers and is currently the site of the longest single span Timber Truss Bridge in Australia (161 metres in length). This bridge is slated for demolition when a new bridge is completed in 2019.

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Tourist Drive Number 6

Showcasing the best Kyogle Council LGA has to offer this full day drive encompasses scenic rural countryside and magnificent forest. Visit historical villages, waterfalls and sites of cultural significance surrounded by mountainous remnants of ancient volcanic activity.

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Tourist Drive Number 3

This half day drive on mainly sealed roads takes you through stunning examples of our rural countryside with the Border Ranges National Park as a breathtaking backdrop. There are many opportunities to view the Border Ranges National Park from the left hand side of the road. As the road turns spectacular views into Horseshoe Creek Valley appear as do Mount Warning (Wollumbin), Mount Nardi (easily identified with its television towers) and Nimbin Rocks, steeped in Aboriginal legend. The roadside verge of Homeleigh Rd scenic loop provides a small and narrow window into the habitat of the koalas which are located by patient observation and good luck. The road becomes Sargents Road and continues, traversing a ridge and offering beautiful views of the countryside on both sides of the road. Turn left when you arrive at Kyogle Road and continue to Cawongla, a delightful village tucked away in the rainforest and hub of the local area. Cawongla General Store is a great place to stop for refreshments and explore the surprisingly well-stocked art gallery with works by many local artists.

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Tourist Drive Number 1

On the northern end of Kyogle, turn into West onto Anzac Drive at the Visitor Information Centre and continue for 33 km on all sealed road to Toonumbar Dam.  The Dam offers a few picnic facilities- 1 near dam wall, another further down the road near creek at bottom of spillway; Note there are NO actual BBQ cooking facilities out there. Bush walking, bird watching, boating and fishing are other activities enjoyed out there.  A NSW Fishing Licence, which is available at the Kyogle Visitor Information Centre, is required. Toonumbar Dam is open to boating, however an 8 knot speed limit applies throughout, and it is also popular for canoeing and kayaking.

Bell’s Bay campground is accessed from the Dam area via 2.5 km of narrow, unsealed road and offers bush camping with basic amenities, picnic areas and boat ramp. It is open Friday-Sunday, public holidays and NSW school holidays. Camping fees apply and no dogs permitted.

From Toonumbar Dam, continue onto Iron Pot Creek Road and return to Kyogle through the tiny village of Ettrick.

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