Border Ranges, NSW: Destination Guide

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This world heritage listed national park is an untouched delight, with incredible views that are some of the best in the country.

Read on to discover the best things to see and do in the Border Ranges, or find and book accommodation in the Border Ranges today.

About the Border Ranges

Ancient and pristine, the Border Ranges National Park is one of the few sites in Australia that still has ties to the supercontinent Gondwana. As part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, the park is home to dense, lush rainforests, and species of plants and animals that have survived and remained unchanged for millions of years. Town centres Murwillumbah and Kyogle are extremely close to the park, which means the scenic lookouts, raging waterfalls and plunging gorges are all easily accessible. The winding roads through the Border Ranges also make up part of the Tweed Range Scenic Drive touring route, which is one of the best ways to see the most spectacular areas of this rugged wilderness.

Things to do in the Border Ranges

With 31,683 hectares of rainforest to uncover, there are endless things to do in the region. As we mentioned, the Border Ranges are home to some of the premier touring roads in Australia, and if driving along the caldera edge of Mount Warning doesn’t leave you breathless, we’re not sure what will!

The Border Ranges are also famed for their walking and biking tracks, with trails that lead right into the heart of the park. The extinct volcano from which much of the park erupts from has created undulating peaks and troughs, which means that while some of the walks are quite challenging, the views are well worth it.

Attractions

Pinnacle Walk and Lookout

You can’t come to the Border Ranges NP and not visit the Pinnacle Lookout, which is arguably the highlight of the park. It’s a short, easily manageable walk to the peak, where you are then greeted with uninterrupted 360 degree views of the entire landscape. On a clear day you can see as far as the coastline, and well over the crater and past Mount Warning. If you don’t mind an early start, we recommend reaching the peak before dawn, and watching as the sun rises over the park.

Protestors Falls

Protestors Falls, at the head of Terania Creek within the Nightcap NP, were named to commemorate the six weeks of heated confrontations in 1979 between police, loggers and protestors that ultimately brought an end to logging of old growth forests in the region. An easy 1.4km walk into the rainforest provides an interesting and enjoyable introduction to the park’s natural attractions. The lush greenery of the bangalow palm forest at the base of the falls is a park highlight, and if you’re lucky you might even spot the endangered Fleay’s barred frog.

Cambridge Plateau Forest Drive

Beginnings in Casino, the 32km Cambridge Plateau Forest Drive traverses the range through forests dominated by giant spotted gums. If you travel this route in the early morning, watch out for red-necked wallabies on the track and vibrantly-plumed birds in the overhanging boughs. Descending the range, the forest thins to reveal spectacular views of open farmland and the rich, rolling countryside around Kyogle, deserved winner of the 2012 NSW Tidy Town award. The well-maintained road makes for a cruisy drive, but if you need a stopover, Peacock Creek is a tranquil clearing where you can stretch your legs or get out the picnic and have lunch.

Getting to the Border Ranges

Beginning in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, the Border Ranges National Park extends across to south-east Queensland.

By car

You can reach the Border Ranges in around 3 hours from Brisbane, which is the closest capital city . The 150km journey is via the Mount Lindesay Highway.

It is a longer trek from Sydney, with the 780km trip taking 9 hours along the Pacific Highway.

When to visit the Border Ranges

The Border Ranges offers something different no matter what time of the year you visit. In winter, escape the chill but still take in the amazing scenery by touring the Border Ranges from the comfort of your car or motorhome. While in spring, it’s undoubtedly the best time to whisk the family away for a camping trip, with the mild conditions ideal for getting spending time outside.

Where to stay in the Border Ranges

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