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Forest Tops campground

Border Ranges National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Forest Tops campground.

Getting there and parking

Forest Tops campground is located just off the Tweed Range Scenic Drive, 6km from Sheepstation Creek.

From Kyogle:

  • Drive north along the Summerland Way to Wiangaree.
  • Turn right onto Lynches Creek Road.
  • Continue on Lynches Creek Road and Forest Road (follow signs) for 16km to the park entrance.
  • Continue on Tweed Range Scenic Drive for 6km to Forest Tops campground.

From Lismore:

  • Drive to Kyogle and then follow the directions from Kyogle.

From Murwillumbah:

  • Drive to Kyogle and then follow the directions from Kyogle.
  • You can also enter the park via Williams Road and Creegans Road at Lillian Rock, then travel through the park on the Tweed Range Scenic Drive for 26km to Forest Tops campground.

From Beaudesert and Rathdowney:

  • Take Running Creek Road from Mt Lindesay Highway to Grady’s Creek Road (Lion’s Road) in NSW.
  • Continue on Grady’s Creek Road 12.5km to Simes Road.
  • Follow Simes Road 3km to Forest Road.
  • Turn left onto Forest Road and travel 4.5km to the park entrance, then continue 6km to Forest Tops campground.

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to Forest Tops campground can become boggy when it rains

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available nearby to Forest Tops campground; it’s a short walk to your campsite.

Best times to visit

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

Autumn

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.

Spring

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

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.

Winter

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.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

18°C and 30°C

Highest recorded

42.9°C

Winter temperature

Average

8°C and 22°C

Lowest recorded

-0.3°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

February

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

321mm

Facilities

  • Rubbish bins are not provided. Please take your rubbish with you when you leave.
  • The water at the campground is unsuitable for drinking.
  • Firewood is not provided and collecting firewood in the park is not permitted

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Camping safety

Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Accessibility

Disability access level - easy

This area is fully wheelchair accessible

  • Toilet facilities are wheelchair accessible
  • Picnic tables are suitable for wheelchair access
  • The ground is generally level

Prohibited

Gathering firewood

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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Park info

  • in Border Ranges National Park in the North Coast region
  • Border Ranges National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park uses a self-registration fee collection system at entry. Please bring the correct change and display your receipt.

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Mossy grows on rocks in rainforest, Border Ranges National Park. Photo credit: John Spencer © DPIE