TRAVEL DESTINATIONS

BORDER RANGES NATIONAL PARK

Border Country - NSW and Queensland

This World Heritage listed area offers spectacular views of the Mount Warning volcanic site, along with drives and walks through dense rainforest. A tour through the Border Ranges National Park isn’t an off-road challenge by any means, but should be part of any tour of the mountainous region between Queensland and NSW.

The Tweed Range Scenic Drive is navigable by two wheel drive vehicles in good weather, but a ‘softroader’ provides traction backup if the weather turns nasty.

Border Ranges National Park At the 1000-metre altitude of much of this National Park a weather change is always on the cards.

The easiest way to enter the Park is via Lions Road and Sheep Station Creek, but our route takes in all the steep climbs and visits the most significant viewing sites.

We used Kyogle as a base for our two-day visit.

The trip begins with a bitumen run out of Kyogle, but the road soon turns to gravel and begins climbing steeeply.

Virtually the entire dirt road drive is through dense rainforest, but the canopy is clear enough for the most part to allow GPS to function.

Rainforest At the Bar Mountain there are long and short walks through elevated rainforest that is home to the rare Antarctic Beech: a survivor of the Gondwana land mass that eventually broke up into today's South America, Australia, India and Antarctica. Some of the trees visitors gaze at began growing when the Roman Empire was at its peak.

From Bar Mountain through to Forest Tops Camping Area the road is dotted with mountaintop viewing spots, with The Blackbutts and The Pinnacle being standouts.

These lookouts give a clear view of the Mount Warning volcanic area and sit at the edge of the ancient caldera - the largest in the southern hemisphere.

Mount Warning is all that’s left of the weathered core of the original volcano and is said to be half its original height.

The one-way loop drive from Forest Tops through Brindle Creek shows another aspect of this extraordinary area, as the road drops into the Brindle Creek valley and crosses the Creek at a beautifully sited bridge.

Camping area

The ideal camping spot in the Park is at Forest Tops, where there is ample grass area, composting dunnies and three fire places.

The only drawback is having to lug your camping gear from the 4WD to the site, because you can’t park near your tent, thanks to a typical NSW Parks and Wildlife vehicle exclusion fence.

From Forest Tops the track descends steeply into the Sheep Station Creek valley, where there’s another, busier, campsite.

 

FACT FILE

Where

North East NSW, along the Queensland / NSW border.

Time required

Minimum 3 days

Things to do

This World Heritage listed area offers spectacular views of the Mount Warning volcanic site, along with drives and walks through dense rainforest 

Maps

HEMA's North East NSW Map

Camping

Sheepstation Creek campground

Camping fees: $5 per adult per night. $3 per child per night.

Forest Tops campground

Camping fees: $5 per adult per night. $3 per child per night.

Fees and P ermits  

Vehicle entry fee: Annual pass or daily vehicle entry fee of $7.

 

Track Closures

NP&WS Ranger and local road authorities may close tracks in wet weather and high fire danger periods

Last Fuel

Murwillumbah, Kyogle, Woodenbong

Contact

Office of Environment and Heritage  NSW National Parks and Wildlife            

136 Summerland Way Kyogle NSW

Telephone: 02 6632 0000             

Email: kyogle.area@environment.nsw.gov.au

 

An alternative to driving down the hill is to bushwalk the 9.2-kilometre Booyong Track that runs from Forest Tops to Brush Box Falls, near the Sheep Station Creek campsite, and then transfer back to Forest Tops by vehicle (there’s always someone happy to give the walk a miss and be the ferry person).

There are loop walks at Sheep Station Creek that are must-dos - both taking in Brush Box Falls and its attendant swimming holes.

Sheep Station Creek was the base for cedar cutters in the mid-1800s and there are still traces of their Red Gold activities. Not far from Brush Box Falls, on the Palm Forest Walk, is a log slide where forest giants were slid down the hillside to waiting horse-drawn jinkers. The loggers carved their names into a rock face and the historic graffiti survives today.

 

 

 

 

 

Rainforest 


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