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Border Loop lookout and picnic area

Border Ranges National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Border Loop lookout and picnic area.

Getting there and parking

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    Border Loop lookout and picnic area is in the central precinct of Border Ranges National Park. To get there:

    • Travel north from Kyogle along Summerland Way for 14km until you reach Wiangaree
    • Continue past Wiangaree for another 4.5km, then turn right onto Gradys Creek Road.
    • Travel 21km along Gradys Creek Road until you see the signposted access road to Border loop lookout
    • Turn left onto this road and travel 500m to the picnic area carpark

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather

    Parking

    Parking is available at Border Loop picnic area, a short walk from Border Loop lookout.

    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

    • Facilities are located at the picnic area where this lookout is located
    • Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it's a good idea to bring your own.

    Toilets

    • Non-flush toilets

    Picnic tables

    Barbecue facilities

    • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)

    Carpark

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    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 Plus 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 - medium

    • A short, wheelchair-accessible paved path leads from the carpark to the picnic area and lookout.
    • Some assistance may be required to access the raised lookout platform at the end of the path.

    Medium access presents some minor difficulties, such as a grassy surface. You may require a little assistance to get around in some areas.

    Prohibited

    Pets

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

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Border Loop lookout and picnic area

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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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