Tooloom Falls -Urbenville

UPDATE OCTOBER 2020

Closed parks: Bandahngan Aboriginal Area at Tooloom Falls currently closed TILL JUNE 2021

Bandahngan Aboriginal Area at Tooloom Falls is currently closed to all 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.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Other campground areas are available in Urbenville and Woodenbong villages, and at Koreelah and Richmond Range National Park.

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8/7/2020; NOTE; Closed till about Dec 20 for repairs works to be done, and tree felling, due to recent dry weather conditions. Contact national parks on 0266320000 for further info.

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A great place to visit or go camping (free) is Tooloom Falls which is a bushland picnic area and only a short drive Urbenville. If it is peace and quiet that you want then this is the place to go. This is a basic bush camping spot with no facilities except for a composting toilet, which is well maintained, along with some basic BBQ facilities. You must bring your own drinking water. Travel about 3kms SW from Urbenville, turn onto Tooloom Creek Road and continue down the 1km dirt access road. This is a very significant place for the Githabul people. Swimming is possible on the high side of the falls, although some go down on the low side of the falls to swim. The river can be muddy after rain and caution is advised. There are various fireplaces on site and the grounds are clean and tidy. Though this particular area is outside of the National park, it is still under the care of the National Parks and therefore dogs are not allowed.

The beautiful Tooloom Falls (10 m high, 60 m wide) have water flowing over them at most times of the year. The word Tooloom is corrupted from the Gidabal word Doolloomi, which means headlice, and it is said that these are found around the deep, potentially dangerous pool beneath the falls (but don’t let that put you off!). In the gentle way that Aboriginals have with their children this was told to them to deter them from swimming there. It is also believed spirits live in the pool making Tooloom Falls one of the most significant sites in Gidibal country. It was declared an aboriginal place in 1977 under the National Park’s and Wildlife Act.

 

Price Range

FREE

Wallaby Creek Cottage

A completely private and secluded, self-contained cottage set high in the hills, overlooking a lush grazing valley and forested National Park. Wallaby Creek is a cattle and forestry property of 500 acres, managed for production, conservation and self-sufficiency. The valley is well-known for its wildlife, especially birdlife and the families of kangaroos and wallabies that graze to the cottage doorstep. The cottage is comfortably appointed for one or two couples, with two queen size bedrooms.

It has a fully equipped kitchen, solar and gas power, a bathroom and a verandah with stunning views. Wood for the glassed-in fireplace and linen are provided. Wallaby Creek is close to waterfalls, rainforest walks and small towns of Urbenville, Woodenbong and Killarney. We’ve made the tariff so reasonable that you’ll be able to stay a while (eg $400 for 6 or 7 nights), $200 for two nights, and $60 for each additional night. Longer stays are welcome. Because we love living here, and we’d be happy to share it with you, we keep the tariffs low. Wallaby Creek Cottage is ideal for romantic weekends or weeks, family time, walking in the bush, exploring the creeks and bird species, relaxing on the verandah, cooking up a storm for special company and complete peace and quiet.

We are located in northern NSW, an easy two and a half hours drive from Brisbane or Byron Bay and two hours drive from Toowoomba. It is a place to be nourished, relaxed & inspired.

ph 02 6634 6166 You need to book direct either by phone or email. When contact is made, address directions will be given.

Urbenville Recreational Reserve

Close to the Village centre with the Urbenville Bowling Club on site the Recreation Reserve makes a great gathering place for exploring the Upper Clarence Valley. Self contained motor homes will find this a great location to base themselves and there are powered sites and basic ammenities for campers.

Price Range

$10 per night per vehicle

Urbenville Forest Park

Located on the town’s boundary, it is an ideal base to explore the natural attractions and history of the area.
Parking is available for up to 96 hours with powered and non-powered sites available. Facilities include toilets, showers and woodfire barbeques, shaded seating and water. The cost is $10 per van per night, payable at the local newsagency/Post office ( 48 Urben St). Pets are permitted at the site on leads.
Surrounding Urbenville you will find many waterfalls and swimming holes, including the Tooloom Falls and Bean Creek Falls. Visitors can enjoy fishing, canoeing and fossicking, or exploring some of the interesting volcanic landforms close by. This is a RV Friendly destination.

Price Range

$10 per van per night

Peacock Creek Camping Area-Richmond Range National Park

Ideal for camper trailers and large tents. Activities include, walking, scenic drive, horse riding and bird watching. Amenities include non-flush toilets, wood BBQs (bring your own firewood) and picnic tables. Water is unsuitable for drinking so bring your own. Bookings are not necessary but fees apply and must be payed at the self registration station provided.

Price Range

Camping Adult $6.00pn, Children 5-15yrs $3.50pn, Under 5yrs Free

Levuka Camping Ground -Urbenville

Levuka 4WD Recreation Park is family friendly and offers extensive camping grounds with privacy, hot showers, flushing toilets and all-weather access. Levuka is an environmentally sustainable working cattle property and is managed to be family friendly. Dogs like camping too and are welcome. Open all year.

A network of 4WD tracks is available for the enthusiast, graded from medium to challenging (no motorbikes). You can enjoy bushwalking along old growth rainforest tracks past bush orchids, rock pools and waterfalls or enjoy some BYO canoeing on the lake. Levuka has a low-density camping policy so that even on the busiest weekend you have privacy and a place to yourself on the 60 acre camping grounds with no dust problems. Concrete pathways have been installed to the amenities block and tracks around the property have been upgraded.

Eftpos and fuel available in nearby towns of Urbenville and Woodenbong.

Price Range

$25 per vehicle per day; $50-2day weekend.

Crown Hotel, Urbenville

The local watering hole and meeting place. Comfortable and affordable accommodation in classic Aussie pub style. Meals available. Base yourself here and journey through Urbenville’s breathtaking scenic beauty, plus the areas cultural and historical significance.

Open 7 days a week,  their friendly staff can assist you with any enquiry, including being able to hold a function.