This drive is an absolute must. It features spectacular rainforests, plus unforgettable vistas of Wollumbin (Mt Warning) and the caldera. The vastness of the caldera, the mosaic of farmlands and the deep green of the rainforest stand out against the spire of Mount Warning. The Antarctic Beech picnic area has views over the Lost World Wilderness. A highlight is the breathtaking view from the Pinnacle Lookout on the rim of the great caldera, at 919m above sea level. To stand on the rim of the great caldera is to experience one of Australia’s great natural wonders.
This drives takes you into the Border Ranges National Park with spectacular views, waterfalls, sparkling creeks and rugged ridges across both New South Wales and Queensland.
The Border Ranges National Park has two entrances; one at the western section (via Wiangaree) and the other at the southern section (via Wadeville). An entry fees does apply and you can find out how to join a personalised or group day tour of the National Park as well. The National Park offers the chance to dust off your binoculars and go bird watching or search for the Red Cedar trees, believed to be 1,000 years old. From Murwillumbah, Nimbin or Lismore, staying overnight at the Wadeville Woollies. Follow the escarpment through the Border Ranges National Park, exiting at the Sheepstation Creek rest area.
At Kyogle, pick up a Border Ranges brochure from the Kyogle Visitor Information Centre. From there, head north to Wiangaree and turn right into Lynches Creek Road which then becomes Simes Road. Turn right onto Tweed Range Scenic Drive which traverses the Border Ranges National Park (44km of all-weather gravel road). Follow the road through the park, take a stroll through the rainforest and enjoy a picnic. Concluding the journey, depart through the southern entrance which will bring you onto Murwillumbah-Kyogle Road.
THINGS TO DO ALONG THE WAY
- Do the walk to the Pinnacle Lookout and stand on the edge of an ancient volcano
- Grab some fresh local produce from a roadside fruit stall and stay for a break or picnic at either Black Butts, Forest Tops, Bar Mountain or Sheepstation Creek picnic areas
- Wander through a stand of ancient Antarctic Beech Trees at Bar Mountain
- Border Ranges National Park
Rosewood Loop – 6km, 3hrs, medium
Palm Forest Walk – 2km, 1hr, easy
Red Cedar Loop – 0.75km, 30min, easy
The Pinnacle Walk – 0.2km, 10min, easy
Bar Mountain Circuit – 3.5km, 3hrs, medium
Falcorostrum Loop – 0.75km, 30min, easy
Brindle Creek Walk – 5km one way, 3 hrs, medium
Safety note: Due to the steep roads, caravans and buses must be left at Sheepstation Creek Rest Area, at the western entrance or at Border Ranges Centre at the southern entrance.