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

Bean Creek Falls Picnic Area -Urbenville

One of the highlights of the area is the drive through the Yabbra State Forest which has some of the most beautiful eucalypt scenery, combined with the glorious sounds of bellbirds ringing in the canopy, that you will find anywhere on the north coast. There are rainforest walks sign posted from the road. A bonus of this drive to Bonalbo, which is south of  Urbenville, is the clearly sign posted Bean Creek Falls along the way. About 20 km from Urbenville, to the right, is a signposted side road to Bean Creek Falls where there is a picnic area. They are located 700 metres down a dirt track.  There is a small parking area near the falls. The falls are known to be a sacred Gidabal place and the viewing platform is located down a short track.

Crown Hotel

They are open 11am daily till late (depending on patronage). Comfortable and affordable accommodation in classic Aussie pub style. Counter lunches available 12noon-2pm, evening meals 6pm-9pm daily (daylight saving time) or 5-8pm during winter period. A varied cuisine is on offer. They have on offer 8 rooms, which can sleep 20 people, with shared bathrooms with recent addition of ceiling fans in rooms. .

The Hotel can also cater for any function, and offer a courtesy bus from home or local accommodation.
Base yourself here and journey through Urbenville’s breathtaking scenic beauty, plus the areas cultural and historical significance. The imposing volcanic plug of Coutts Crown Mountain indicates your arrival into Urbenville and a journey to a truly remarkable experience. This area is a biodiversity hot spot with the National Parks and State Forests surrounding the village rich in flora and fauna.

There is nothing urban about this NSW-Queensland border village perched high on a Richmond Range plateau with views that go on forever, deep in the heart of dairy, beef and logging country.

Ten kilometres off the Mt Lindesay Highway on the link road to the Bruxner Highway, Urbenville is in old gold fields territory about 100km south-east of Warwick.

Across the valley to the west where the gold rush was centred on an area bordering what is now the Tooloom National Park, a cemetery tells a tragic tale of death and disappointment. The gold story is also part of the history recorded in an historic cottage museum in Urbenville.
About 30km or so north-east of Urbenville is the decidedly rugged Mount Barney National Park which, informed literature tells us, “is suitable mainly for the self-reliant and reasonably fit visitor with sound bush skills.’ A significant place for nature conservation, the park attempts to protect many rare and restricted plant species, especially in the high peaks.

Price Range

Room prices start at $35

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.

Brooklyn Camping Grounds – Urbenville

Bookings only. No motorbike riding allowed.
There are three distinct areas, all unpowered at this facility with varing grades of camping/facilities.

Main area has hot showers, septic, BBQ areas,outside kitchen area, bonfire area at each camp site, wheelie bins; recycle bins. $20pppd

The next area has pit toilet, cold showers (with a wood fired copper for heating water). $15pppd

There is also a nicely grassed area with no amenities, but has access to bins, bon fire areas. This area is $10.00pppd. Great for Motorhomes or those who are self contained.

To get there drive to Urbenville, Northern NSW, head towards Tooloom, after 14km turn left into Paddy’s flat Rd, ( on some maps this may be called Upper Tooloom Rd), after 7km turn right onto Kangaroo Creek Rd, after 2km turn right into Brooklyn Camping Ground

Price Range

Tariff for a 24hr period; $15pppd basic camping area; or $20pppd main camping area with facilities. or $10.00pppd for no amenit