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.