Tourist Drive Number 2

NOTE: March 2022; LIONS ROAD TEMPORARILY CLOSED

With the current road conditions after heavy rainfall and floods in northern NSW, 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. There have been various land slips which are currently being repaired by Kyogle Council staff.

 

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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MOORE PARK NATURE RESERVE

This tiny reserve is not part of the area of the ‘Big Scrub’ but is all that remains of an area once known as Boyd’s Scrub. Several stands of gallery rainforest, including black bean and silky oak, provide habitat for a large colony of grey-headed flying-foxes and endangered black flying-foxes.

It is the most important example of black bean rainforest in NSW and is just off the Summerland Way near the locality of Old Grevillia, 26klms north of Kyogle.

Moore Park picnic area, at the north end of Moore Park Reserve, is the best place to start any visit to the area. Pack a barbecue lunch and settle down around some tables in the cool shade of the rainforest. The picnic area is surrounded by beautiful scenery at the junction of Findon Creek and Richmond River. You might notice the high ridges of McPherson Range and Border Ranges National Park. Richmond Range begins to rise to the west and south.

You may see groups of grey-headed flying foxes hanging from tree limbs near the picnic area Their natural foods are native fruits and the blossoms and nectar of eucalypts.  Massing together, they make a dramatic spectacle, but be careful not to disturb their camp when it’s occupied. When the bats are in residence, please avoid disturbing them as much as possible. Birds which is may be seen include Brown capped Emerald Dove, Rose-Crowned Fruit Dove, Noisy Pitta, Bared cockatoo-shrike, Golden whistler and the Azure Kingfisher.

Exchange Hotel

A real Australian Country Pub. Historically significant The Exchange Hotel has maintained the 1928 Guest House styling with modern comforts, consisting of six single, three twins (2 single beds) and three doubles (1 double bed only), shared bathroom facilities and a small guest lounge area with access to  tea/coffee making, accommodating a maximum of 18 guests. Due to bedding configuration in rooms, families with small children may not be able to be accommodated, but contact them direct to check your individual family requirements. An adult with child would be fine in a twin room, but they do not have on offer cots, fold up beds or extra mattresses on floors etc and do not have adjoining rooms.

The Exchange Hotel also offers guests large off-street parking with secure parking for motor bikes.

Strict social distancing still required, Masks on (unless eating or drinking), QR code in..(and proof of vax.)
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“The Girl’s Kitchen” produces the best pub grub on the Northern Rivers. Renowned for superb steaks from local stock and garnished with other regional goodies. An extensive menu will delight your taste buds set in the quaint Australian Country Pub Setting. A truly memorable dining experience.

Breakfast is available on request, if ordered the night before.
Lunch is available from Monday to Saturday from 11.30 to 2.00pm.
Dinner is available on Friday and Saturday nights from 5.30pm-till around 8pm

Price Range

$50 single to $70 double/twin

Commercial Hotel – Kyogle

The Commercial Hotel has comfortable accommodation, with the upstairs accommodation having undergone a complete refurbishment offering visitors a range of suites from luxury ensuited to budget accommodation with shared bathrooms. There is a communal lounge room/TV area upstairs, which incorporates a lovely kitchen area, including a fridge, microwave,  jug, toaster, crockery etc  for your use. Their family restaurant “Bistro” is available for meals,  and they have a childrens crazy Maze area. The Bistro opens for lunch (Tues-Sun)11.30am – 2:00pm, and dinner (Monday-Saturday) 5.30pm – 8:00pm and is an ideal venue for functions (up to 130 guests.)

There is lockable accommodation for motorcycles under the pub. The public bar at the front of the Hotel is air conditioned and is where you will find full TAB facilities including online, pool table and a fully complemented modern bar and recently added a couple of bowlo alleys.

It’s the perfect place to meet up with friends or watch world sporting events on the large screen TV’s with state of the art sound system. Free Wi-fi available throughout the Hotel.

Located on the Summerland Way, (main street-middle of shopping centre) Kyogle, close to the Border Ranges World Heritage National Park, Richmond Range National Park, Toonumbar Dam, the historic Border Loop railway site, scenic Lions Tourist Road and Kyogle’s many sporting and recreational facilities.

Price Range

Ensuited room $85pcpn; Hotel style room/with shared bathroom $45 single ($40pppn if 2 or more in room) or $55 double $125 family

Bells Bay Campground- Toonumbar Dam

NOTE; 26/1/22
Now that the school holidays are over, Bells Bay Camp Ground will go back to opening on Thursdays 3pm and close at 3pm on Sunday arvo, or when ever the last camper is out. The volunteers are taking a short break after the long Xmas season, so will reopen on Thursday 10th Feb.
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Owned by NSW Water and managed by the Kyogle Fishing Club, Bells Bay Campground is 33km west of Kyogle at Toonumbar Dam and caters to tents, caravans and camper trailers. Spacious sites set among tall trees and offering plenty of shade. Facilities include open fireplaces, Brand new compost toilets (no showers), picnic tables, boat ramp and excellent access to the Dam. BYO food, drinking water, firewood and toilet paper. No garbage collection, please take your garbage with you.

Excellent fishing (Fishing licences required and can be obtained from the Kyogle Visitor Information Centre 7 days per week 9am-4pm). NO DOGS ALLOWED.

Camping fees apply (used for ongoing maintenance of road and facilities). Set up camp and someone will collect your fees.

Open Thursdays 3pm – Sunday 3pm ( or close to that time). CLOSED MON-THURS (except Public and School Holidays, when it is open for the whole holidays)

$10.00 per adult per day (no concessions), $5.00 per child 12-17 years per day, children under 5 – free. Large groups by arrangement.

All enquiries please contact Kyogle Fishing Club 0459383498

Kyogle Bowling Club

Please check with the club if you have any queries, or would like to know what is on the menu, or check out their Facebook page.

The Kyogle Bowlo has lots on offer with something for everyone to do. Being open 7 days a week from 12noon, a variety of activities is now on offer, under its new management. (2021)

Weekly events;

Bingo every Tuesday morning 9.30am for a 10am start.

Happy hour, Tuesdays 3-6pm. Beer Schooners &/or glass house wines – only $5.

Social Darts night- Wednesday 6.30pm for 7pm start. A fun night for all.

Club Lawn bowls- Every Wed & Sat 12.30pm.

Sundays- Free Pool game, all day, Remember club opens 12noon.

Twilight Bowls will start with Daylight savings so check with club.

Bistro is open Thurs-Sat 5.30-8.30pm. Different weekly specials, dine in  and takeaway meal. Check their own facebook page for menus etc.

The club also offers a variety of indoor activities, so best to check out their website or Facebook page.  The Club can cater for Functions with up to 300 Guests. But check with the club, as covid health regulations vary at present. Also check out their facebook page for upto date info on events, menus etc.

Roxy Gallery -Kyogle

When you’re visiting Kyogle and discovering its rich tapestry of natural wonders, a visit to the Roxy Gallery in the main street is a must. As of March 2019 the gallery is located in a bigger new space, upstairs in the KMI, (Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall) with access via a lift in the new foyer entrance (2nd shop front from Stratheden st, next to Gateway Office Supplies).

The Roxy Gallery is a joint initiative between Kyogle Council and Kyogle and District Arts Group. The gallery is kept open by volunteers from the Kyogle and District Arts Group and the Kyogle Council employes a part-time Gallery Curator/Director. The aim of the Roxy Gallery is to provide local and regional artists with a professionally managed exhibition space, and provide the community with a cultural space where they can engage in contemporary art, resources and information. The Roxy Gallery holds twelve ever-changing exhibitions a year of mixed media, that support and promote cultural diversity in the creative fields, usually changing on a monthly basis. It is a great place for some peace and quiet, have a look around or come and sit and use the internet or sit on the verandah and watch the world go by.

The next piece to take pride of place in your own collection could well be from here.
Exhibitions are renewed approx each 4 weeks.
New opening hours are Wed-Sat 10am-3pm and Sun 10am-2pm. Please sign the visitors book when visiting.

Price Range

Entry fee- donations always welcome

Kyogle Golf Club

Entry to Club
Members and Guests who are fully vaccinated can enter the club and are able to dine and drink inside. Masks must be worn at all times inside the club except when seated whilst eating and/or drinking. (Similar to how we were operating before the recent Lockdown) All patrons must sign in using Service NSW QR code and proof of vaccination or medical exemption must be shown when asked for by staff. Failure to apply by the above conditions will result in you being refused entry to the club.
Members and Guests who are not vaccinated can still use the club but only for Takeaways and paying of Green Fees. Masks must be worn at all times
Playing Golf
Fully vaccinated Members and Guests will be permitted to returning to playing in groups of 4 and will be allowed to share carts.
Unvaccinated Members and Guests will still be allowed to play golf but can only do so in groups of 2 and are only permitted 1 person per cart. Groups can be made up on vaccinated and non-vaccinated people but must follow rules set for Unvaccinated patrons (meaning groups of 2, etc).
We look forward to seeing everyone soon, and please be understanding as we adjust to these new restrictions.

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Kyogle Golf Club is a 9 green, 18 tee course. The course is reasonably flat and from the highest point has a lovely view back over the township. The course is kept in great condition for a small town golf course. It has 2 par 5’s that are over 500m long and the 4th and 9th tees have great views.

The course par is an average of 70; spread over 68 acres and is 5583 meters in length.

Golf Course hours: Open daily from 8.00 am – 6.00pm
Honesty system for Green Fees applies when Clubhouse is not open.
Ladies Competition day – Wednesday
Veteran’s Competition – Thursday

Daily Social Green fees: 

School Sport: $5.00
Visitor/Non member under 18 $10.00
Visitor/Non member over 18: (9 holes) $15.00
Visitor/Non member over 18: (18 holes) $25.00
Social members $10.00

 

Kyogle Golf Club is an ideal venue for all forms of  Business or Pleasure Functions.
The open plan clubhouse can cater to large functions as well as small intimate gatherings.
A small stage will accommodate a band and a large dance floor is sure to make
any party a memorable occasion.

Golf Club hours: Monday – Closed
Tuesday – From 4 p.m.
Wednesday – From 1 p.m.
Thursday – From 10 a.m.
Friday – From 4 p.m.
Saturday – From 10.00 a.m.
Sunday – Closed, other than Special & Competition Sundays.

 

The club also has a family friendly bistro situated inside at the Club with reasonably priced and always a good meal. “The Sassy” is open Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights 5.00- 8.30pm. Dine in or takeaway. Contact 0477 104 490. With new chef Tony Zammit at the  helm, a variety of dishes are now on offer.

Thursday night is Pizza night Only. But check out the Clubs Facebook page, Restaurant for menu options.

Friday nights- Most menu options available. Saturday nights- Pizzas, Pasta and Pastizzi dishes are available.

 

Kyogle Cinemas

Small local cinema complex with 2 screens. Come and enjoy the latest movies in an air-conditioned environment and enjoy nibbles from the candy bar.
For session times or other info visit http://www.kyoglecinemas.com.au or phone the cinema on 66321888. The cinema is open  at various days and  times, so please check their website for current session times and movie programme.
The aim of the owners is to provide the people of Kyogle and district with an entertainment venue and provide employment and training for the town. It’s also hoped the cinema will become a tourist and visitor destination and will help promote local businesses and the area’s many attractions.

February 2020 saw the re-opening of the cinematography museum, now renamed The Australian Cinamatogrphy Museum. The  name reflects the belief that it houses the oldest and most extensive collection of cinema projectors and paraphernalia in Australia. The museum now exhibits more than twice as many 35mm projectors as previously displayed, with plans to further display more of the thousands of items that have been in storage for the past decade. If you have the slightest bit of interest in cinema or anything old, then this is a must to see!.

The cost is $14 per adult and child except for Wednesdays. For group bookings rates, please contact the cinema on 02 66321888

Price Range for the Cinema viewing

All admissions $14

Every Wednesday all seats, all sessions $12

 

 

Hidden Valley

Formerly ‘Paradise Valley’, situated 35 km north of Kyogle on the Lions Road, Hidden Valley is under new ownership and is offering  powered and un-powered camping and caravan sites.

NOTE; Though the Lions Road is closed at the Qld border,  with current Covid 19 restrictions, you are still able to access Grady’s Creek Rd to reach Hidden Valley for your camping adventure. 

An amenities block is available , offering hot showers & flushing toilets. Camping with access to beautiful swimming holes but sorry, no fishing due to the presence of the elusive Platypus. Wildlife and birdlife abound. Pets are permitted but must be kept under control. They also have some lovely friendly big rabbits that the kids can feed.

Hidden Valley Tea Gardens is now operational on long weekends and public holidays only from 9.00am – 5.00pm. Group bookings can be made for other times. If you are travelling the Lion’s Road on a long weekend call in for a lovely Devonshire Tea and other tasty morsels.

Please contact the owners for bookings on 02 6636 6140 or 0408768403