Cambridge Plateau scenic drive

Richmond Range National Park

Overview

From Casino, Cambridge Plateau scenic drive is a comfortable drive along the ridge through scenic rainforest, offering fantastic views.

Where
Richmond Range National Park
Distance
32km one-way
Time suggested
1hr
Grade
Easy
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch.
  • Check the weather before you set out as Cambridge Plateau scenic drive can become boggy when it rains.
  • There is limited mobile reception in this park.

You may be sharing your enjoyable tour along Cambridge Plateau scenic drive with scurrying goannas, red-necked pademelons darting across the path, brush turkeys or carpet pythons basking by the roadside during warmer months. The road skirts along the ridge through Richmond Range National Park, overlooking steep slopes toward Richmond Valley below.

This 32km scenic stretch of well-maintained road is an easy drive that takes you through superb examples of World Heritage rainforest, drier landscapes of grass trees, tall eucalypt forest and open woodland before pulling into the Peacock Creek campsite.

The picnic area and camping spot await you whenever you’re ready to stretch your legs. Near a bend in Peacock Creek, a peaceful and picturesque clearing is available to park your tent or caravan before heading to the Cambridge Plateau picnic area to unwind.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

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Local alerts

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Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Cambridge Plateau scenic drive.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Cambridge Plateau scenic drive is in Richmond Range National Park.

    To get there from Casino:

    • Drive 40km west along the Bruxner Highway
    • Turn north into Cambridge Plateau scenic drive near Mallanganee
    • Drive along Cambridge Plateau scenic drive for 9km until you reach Cambridge Plateau picnic area

    To get there from Kyogle:

    • Drive 12km south along Summerland Way
    • Turn west into McDonalds Creeks Road for 5km
    • This road becomes Sextonville Road. Drive along this road for 25km to reach the northern entry to the park at Cambridge Plateau scenic drive.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is available near Peacock Creek campground and Cambridge Plateau picnic area.

    Best times to visit

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

    Autumn

    Peacock Creek campground is a great place to camp in autumn. This clean, open, sunny campground is perfect for camping with wood fires, while watching an array of birdlife by your tent.

    Spring

    This is a lovely time to drive along Cambridge Plateau scenic drive. See new red tips on the rainforest trees, creamy clusters of flowers on wonga vines, and white flowering clematis vines in full bloom.

    Summer

    Enjoy the cool of the rainforests during these hot months. The Culmaran Creek walking track is a perfect place to cool off.

    Winter

    Watch mists rising in the valley below from Cambridge Plateau picnic. On a clear winter's day, you can see all the way east to Wollumbin and Nightcap national parks.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    25°C and 27°C

    Highest recorded

    27°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    15°C and 21°C

    Lowest recorded

    15°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    February

    Driest month

    August

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    214.6mm

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    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).

    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.

    Nearby towns

    Casino (32 km)

    Casino is a thriving rural centre in the heart of rich agricultural country. It's set in lush pastures on the banks of the Richmond River.

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    Kyogle (30 km)

    Kyogle is an attractive timber-milling town surrounded by rainforest. It's set on the Richmond River at the base of Fairy Mountain.

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    Lismore (54 km)

    Lismore is a major North Coast commercial, cultural and administrative centre. It's set in undulating country on the north arm of the Richmond River.

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    Learn more

    Cambridge Plateau scenic drive is in Richmond Range National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    All creatures, great and small

    Red-necked wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus), Richmond Range National Park. Photo: T Worden

    It's a great pleasure to see the golden-tipped bat, listed as a vulnerable and threatened species in NSW, thrive in this environment. Other rare mammal species include Parma wallabies, koalas, spotted-tailed quoll and long-nosed potoroos. Birds listed as vulnerable in this park include rose-crowned fruit-dove and wompoo fruit-dove. The fruit dove's deep, repeated ‘whoop whoop’ call is often heard high up in the trees of thick forest. Brush-turkeys are occasionally seen and if you’re lucky, you’ll even spot the yellow and black flash of a male regent bowerbird as it flitters overhead.

    • Cambridge Plateau picnic area Cambridge Plateau picnic area, close to Casino and Kyogle, is an idyllic spot for picnicking that’s also great for birdwatching.
    • Culmaran loop trail Culmaran loop trail is an easy walk on the rainforest edge, especially suited to families. Admire the exotic plants found in the drier parts of Richmond Range.
    • Culmaran Valley track Culmaran Valley track, near Kyogle, takes you through diverse World Heritage-listed rainforest ecosystems and offers scenic views from its lookouts.

    World class listing

    Within the rainforest canopy, Richmond Range National Park. Photo: OEH

    Rainforests are the earth’s oldest living ecosystems, and the Cambridge Plateau and Bungdoozle area rainforests within the park are part of Australia’s World Heritage Area. They’re a highly significant habitat for a medley of vulnerable and threatened species, which are able to live and breed freely among the protective wet rainforest vegetation.

    • Cambridge Plateau scenic drive From Casino, Cambridge Plateau scenic drive is a comfortable drive along the ridge through scenic rainforest, offering fantastic views.

    Yesterday is today

    Culmaran loop, Richmond Range National Park. Photo: J Atkins

    This landscape lies within traditional country of the Githabul People. Forests within the park have provided Aboriginal people with food, medicine, shelter and materials for tools and weapons for thousands of years. A landmark agreement involving co-management of the park with the local Githabul People brings ongoing benefits to the community.

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    Cambridge Plateau Scenic Drive, Richmond Range National Park. Photo: J Atkins/NSW Government