Border Ranges National Park, NSW

Birdlife, Bushwalks and Blissful Serenity- A great spot to escape the hustle and bustle!

One of the best things about being a writer for the Whats Up Downunder magazine is being able to share with the readers some of the great areas we have visited. And, as full time travellers we are lucky enough to see a lot of great places our country has to offer but that does make it hard to choose which place we want to write about next. But this place really hit a chord with us.

It was during the last summer holidays that my family and I were kindly invited to camp at my brothers farm in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. They are very lucky live in a great spot that just seems to have that perfect mix of a laid back country lifestyle all within a handy drive to major towns and really not that far from some glorious beaches. We were keen to explore the area and my brother was all too keen to give us a tour.

011 One of the many lookouts offering great views of the valleyOn a perfect Sunday morning we packed some tucker for lunch, fuelled up our vehicles and headed north from Casino through to Kyogle before shortly turning off the main road towards the Border Ranges National Park. The road in was great, a little steep in places and at times a little windy but nothing your standard family car couldn’t handle. It wasn’t long before we had climbed high enough to be treated with valley views and scenic vistas of green farmland.

The Border Ranges National Park forms part of The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. A very special and significant area of remarkably pristine waterfalls, untouched rainforests and a large variety of unique plant species. We are so lucky to have such wonderful places that remain so accessible for those who love nature.

By vehicle, you have many opportunities to stop and take in the pleasant views and marvel at the ancient geological features of the landscape along the Tweed Valley Scenic Drive. But if your are a more adventurous type and love getting a little closer to nature, you might want to try some bush walking. You will be taken to what seems like another world or to at least to some distant tropical rainforest similar to what you may see in a Tarzan movie. My brother and his wife love spending their spare time bush walking around the many tracks and trails through this park. Waterfalls, moss-covered rocks and some very interesting plant life are all part of the visual delights on offer and they had plenty of photos to share with us from some of their previous adventures.

Hema GPS- checking out the tracksThere are numerous signposted walking trails throughout the park, all of various difficulty from easy through to challenging. Information about the walking trails and their gradings can be found on the NSW National Parks & Wildlife website. Basic camping is also catered for at either the Sheep Station Creek Camp ground or the smaller Forest Tops Camp ground- both of which have toilets facilities. A fee is required for camping. Both camp grounds have direct access to bush walks making them a popular choice for many nature lovers.

Although we didn’t get down and amongst the best parts of the park by engaging in some bush walking ourselves, we really appreciated the serenity and wonderful views we were treated to along the very scenic drive. We’d really encourage anyone to make a detour from their travel plans and head to this area to experience the views for themselves.

The beauty of the Border Ranges National Park is it’s close proximity to Kyogle, Lismore and Casino- many day visitors even make the drive from Brisbane to escape the city for some peace and quiet. The surrounding towns and villages provide plenty of other tourist activities, holiday parks and shopping opportunities and for the keen fisher person- the nearby Toonumbar Dam is popular for those who are keen to wet a line and chase some Bass.

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