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Border Ranges National Park

Take the Rainforest Way north from Lismore to Border Ranges National Park. It’s an easy drive to this rainforest landscape full of cascading waterfalls, abundant wildlife and rare flora.

Located near the NSW/QLD border, Border Ranges National Park is just 40km outside Murwillumbah and 67km from Lismore.

One of the best ways to reach the park is along the 44km Tweed Range Scenic Drive (part of the Rainforest Way). It’s an easy drive along the all-weather gravel road, which crosses the eastern plateau of the park and provides spectacular views of Wollumbin-Mount Warning. You can take as long as you like along this scenic drive – stop for a picnic at Antarctic Beech picnic area, with views over the Lost World wilderness or take a stroll along the Bar Mountain circuit or the Brindle Creek walk. Don’t miss the view from the rim of the great caldera at Pinnacle lookout. With so much to see and do, it might be an idea to camp overnight at one of the park’s campgrounds.

 

Why you should visit

Border Ranges National Park is a special place, here are just some of the reasons why:

Aboriginal heritage
The dramatic landscapes of the Border Ranges National Park echo the historical ties connecting the region's Aboriginal people to Country. The Githabul people trace their identity and spirituality to this Country and it is central to their ‘Dreaming’. The park protects many ancient sites and continues to be a place of great significance today. 

World Heritage wonder
The rainforests of the Border Ranges National Park are part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. World Heritage Areas are irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration - places of such value that the international community has agreed they must be conserved for all time. You can explore this World Heritage-listed rainforest on one of the many walking tracks, like the short Pinnacle walk that provides spectacular views of Wollumbin and the Tweed Valley 1km below.

Picture perfect
A landscape photographer’s dream, you’ll be spoilt for choice in trying to capture the sheer scale and beauty of this epic rainforest from the many lookouts dotted throughout the park. Be sure to carry your camera up to the Pinnacle lookout at sunrise for a breathtaking birds-eye view of the crater escarpment all the way down to the NSW coastline. Don’t forget to change your camera setting to panoramic for the perfect mantelpiece shot.

Abundant wildlife
Being part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, makes this park a truly special place to visit. This region has the highest concentration of marsupial, bird, snake and frog species in Australia, so you’re bound to come across a cute creature or two during your visit. While you’re in the heart of this remarkable rainforest make sure you listen out for the call of the Alberts lyrebird, and while you’re picnicking, keep your eye out for the rare, local fauna that thrive in this lush, protected wilderness.

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Getting there

 Car

From Lismore:

  • Travel 48km northwest to Kyogle and then on to Wiangaree
  • This road is all paved

From Murwillumbah:

  • Follow the Kyogle Road west to Lillian Rock
  • Once you’ve reached Lillian Rock turn right onto Williams Road. From here the route is signposted.
  • This road has unpaved sections

From Kyogle:

  • Travel 15km north along the Summerland Way to Wiangaree and then turn right onto Lynchs Creek Road
  • The park is signposted from here
  • This road has unpaved sections

From QLD:

  • Follow Mount Lindesay Highway to Rathdowney
  • Travel east along Running Creek Road until you reach the Richmond Gap
  • From here you’ll find the central sections of the park including Border Loop lookout and picnic area
  • Please note that Lions Road is not suitable for caravans and buses
  • To reach Sheepstation campground and the eastern half of the park, follow Lynchs Creek Road from Wiangaree, turn left into Forest Road 

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 Opening times

Border Ranges National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

 Fees

Vehicle entry fees

In this park, vehicle entry fees are $7 per vehicle per day. Camping and day use require cash or cheque at self-registration pay stations.

 Close to

Border Ranges National Park is close to:

  • Nimbin (22km)
  • Kyogle (32)
  • Murwillumbah (40km)

 Bike

Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

Weather and climate

 Visiting through the seasons

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Border Ranges National Park. Here are some of the highlights:

Spring (Sept, Oct, Nov)

  • The perfect time to get away from it all on a family camping trip. Sheepstation Creek campground is a great base for exploring Border Ranges National Park.

Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb)

  • Watching the sunrise from Pinnacle lookout offers the best views of the crater escarpment, Wollumbin-Mount Warning and the coast. You’re bound to find it a breathtaking experience.

Autumn (Mar, Apr, May)

  • A picnic at Border Loop lookout and picnic area is a must during autumn. It's also a popular spot to see the historic Border Loop railway line.

Winter (Jun, Jul, Aug)

  • Take in the park’s scenery from the comfort of your car or motor home as you drive along the Tweed Range Scenic drive. Be sure to take some breaks along the way though – you don’t want to miss the views.

 Temperature

Summer

  • The average temperature ranges between 18°C and  30°C
  • The area's highest recorded temperature in summer is 42.9°C

Winter ­

  • The average temperature ranges between 8°C and 22°C
  • The area’s lowest recorded temperature in winter is -0.3°C

 Rainfall

  • The wettest month on average is February, the driest month on average is September
  • The area's highest recorded rainfall is 321mm in one day

Safety

Kyogle

Phone: 02 6632 0000
Email: kyogle.area@environment.nsw.gov.au
Street address: 136 Summerland Way, Kyogle NSW
Opening hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday

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Pinnacle lookout, Border Ranges National Park. Photo: Hamilton Lund