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INTRODUCTION:

Border Ranges National Park is located along the southern edge of the Queensland border, with Lamington National Park located across the border in Queensland. The park has World Heritage status, protecting some 30 000 hectares of tropical wilderness. It was declared national park in 1983 and became a World Heritage Area in 1986.

The Border Ranges area was home to the Galibal and Githabul Aboriginal people, part of the Bundjalung tribe.

The first Europeans to the area is thought to have been the cedar-getters who began to exploit the forests around 1842. Evidence of their presence can still be found in the park, including a rock wall with engravings from them at Sheepstation Creek (found on the Palm Forest Walk).

In Border Ranges you'll find areas of rainforest, amazing scenery and views, waterfalls and mountain streams, and rugged wilderness.

2WD vehicles are able to access the park, but this should be considered carefully after periods of rain. The best way to approach the park is from Murwillumbah off the Pacific Highway, along the Kyogle Road (about 38km), or via the Summerland Way from Kyogle (28km). It may also be accessed from Queensland via the Lions Road.

The Tweed Range Scenic Drive is a 44km gravel road that makes it's way through the eastern section of the national park. It is generally a very good gravel road and will lead the visitor to most of the walks available in the park. However, caravans are not to be taken into the park because of the steep terrain and these are best left at Sheepstation Creek prior to beginning the scenic drive.

 

ABOVE: A Brief Introduction to Border Ranges National Park

 

CAMPING:

It should be noted that camping fees apply when visiting Border Ranges National Park. There are also entrance fees for the park (Currently camping fees are $3.00 per day for an adult and $2.00 per day for a child. Day Use fee is $7.00 per vehicle - 2004). These can all be paid at self-registration locations in the park

 

Sheepstation Creek Camping Area:

This camping area is located in the southern section of the park. There is drinking water, toilets and shelter. Walking tracks access the national park from this area.

 

Forest Tops Camping Area:

This camping area is located further north of Sheepstation Creek. There is drinking water, toilets and shelter.

 

WALKING:

Brindle Creek Picnic Area:

The Brindle Creek Picnic Area provides basic picnic area facilities beside the beautiful Brindle Creek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOVE: Photos from the Helmholtsia Loop

 

Antartic Beech Picnic Area:

This picnic area overlooks the NSW/Qld border area of Border Ranges and Lamington National Parks.

 

Tweed Valley Lookout:

This lookout is easily found along the Tweed Range Scenic Drive providing views of the Tweed Valley.

 

Pinnacle Lookout:

The Pinnacle Lookout is reached via a short walk from the parking area.

 

ABOVE: Footage from The Pinnacle

 

 

Blackbutts Picnic Area:

This picnic area provides views over the Tweed Valley and towards Mount Warning.

 

ABOVE: Footage from Blackbutts Lookout

 



ABOVE: Blackbutts Picnic Area

 



 

 



 ABOVE: Mt Warning

 

 



 

 

ABOVE: Towards Blackbutt Lookout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOVE: Photos of the Blackbutts Picnic Area and The Pinnacle Lookout

 

Bar Mountain Picnic Area:

The Bar Mountain Picnic Area is found among a stand of Antartic Beech trees.

 

 

 

 


ABOVE: Photos of the Bar Mountain Area

 

Sheepstation Creek:

 

ABOVE: Brushbox Falls

 

ABOVE: Sheepstation Creek Camping Area.
 

ABOVE: Sheepstation Creek Camping Area.
 

ABOVE: Sheepstation Creek Camping Area.
 

 

 

 

 

Border Loop Picnic Area:

The Border Loop Picnic Area has a lookout over the Border Loop Railway below. It is located 3km from the NSW/Qld border on the Lions Road.

 

 

 

VEGETATION OF THE BORDER RANGES NATIONAL PARK:

There is a great diversity of vegetation in the Border Ranges National Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOVE: Doodia aspera
(Rasp Fern)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOVE: Dendrocnida excelsa
(Giant Stinging Tree)

 

ABOVE: Alpinea caerulea
(Native Ginger)

 

 

Cordyline petiolaris
(Broad-leaved Palm Lily)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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