Border Ranges National Park, Tourism New South Wales

Population 2730

Located at the upper reaches of the Richmond River and the base of the charmingly named Fairy Mountain, Kyogle is known as the 'gateway to the rainforests'. It is almost completely surrounded by the largest remaining areas of rainforest in New South Wales.

Visitor Information

2 Anzac Dr (cnr Summerland Way); (02) 6632 2700

Nearby national parks

  • Border Ranges National Park

    World Heritage–listed rainforest clinging to the edges of an ancient volcano, waterfalls spilling into crystal-clear waterways, and...more

  • Lamington National Park

    The World Heritage–listed Lamington National Park, cresting the McPherson Range, is renowned for its natural beauty, panoramic views,...more

  • Wollumbin National Park

    The looming presence of iconic Mount Warning is at the heart of this national park, a lush rainforest environment on the state’s far...more

Nearby towns

  • Nimbin

    Situated in a beautiful valley, Nimbin is a colourful and interesting town of artists and others trying to live in an alternative to the...more

  • Casino

    Beside the Richmond River in the north-east of the state, Casino is a town of grand old buildings and magnificent parklands. Casino is named...more

  • Lismore

    This regional centre of the Northern Rivers district is on the banks of the Wilsons River. European settlement came in 1840 when John Brown...more

In Town

Captain Cook Memorial Lookout: at the top of Mt Fairy, the lookout provides stunning views of the town and surrounding countryside; Fairy St.

Botanical Gardens: combination of formal gardens and revegetated creek environments on the banks of Fawcetts Creek; Summerland Way.


Border Ranges National Park World Heritage–listed, this 30 000 ha park has walking tracks, camping, swimming, rock climbing and fantastic views of Mt Warning and the Tweed Valley. Sheepstation Creek is an attractive picnic spot. The Tweed Range Scenic Drive (64 km) is a breathtaking journey of rainforest, deep gorges and waterfalls. Brochure from visitor centre. 27 km N.

Wiangaree: rural community with rodeo in Mar; 15 km N.

Roseberry Forest Park: picturesque picnic spot; 23 km N.

Moore Park Nature Reserve: tiny reserve with the most important example of black bean rainforest in NSW; 26 km NW.

Toonumbar Dam: built from earth and rocks, this offers scenic bushwalking with picnic and barbecue facilities. Nearby Bells Bay is known for its bass fishing and has a campsite; 31 km W.

Toonumbar National Park: contains 2 World Heritage–listed rainforests and the volcanic remnants of Edinburgh Castle, Dome Mountain and Mt Lindesay; 35 km W.

Richmond Range National Park: protected rainforest perfect for camping, birdwatching, picnics and barbecues, with good bushwalking on a 2 km or 6 km track; 40 km W.

Scenic forest drive: via Mt Lindesay (45 km NW), offers magnificent views of both the rainforest and the countryside; brochure from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Clarrie Hall Dam - Fishing Sub-region 34 km

Angling is a buzz when you are into a hot bite. It is also a buzz when discovering new territory or out hooking with other anglers, observing their methods and techniques on their home waters. So it was when I fished... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Diving and snorkelling around Byron Bay 59 km

Although there is not much in the way of shore dives or snorkelling around Byron Bay, the nearby Julian Rocks Marine Reserve is a top spot if you can get on a boat, with sea turtles, eagle rays, corals, grey nurse and... Find out more

Golf courses around town

The Glades Golf & Spa 70 km

Ask Greg Norman’s former chief designer Bob Harrison to name one course that makes him feel proud when he sees the final result, and chances are he’ll say The Glades. Upon joining the Gold Coast golfing... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Ripples on the Creek

This popular restaurant/cafe is on an alpaca farm just outside Kyogle, with terrific views of the surrounding countryside. Serving a variety of home-cooked treats such as scones, desserts and cakes, and sandwiches and... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Stone and Wood Brewing 57 km

The popular coastal holiday destination of Byron Bay is the location for one of the country’s newest and most exciting craft breweries – Stone & Wood. The partners behind the venture include a trio of... Find out more

Burleigh Brewing Company 70 km

Queensland has generally suffered from a dearth of craft breweries so the Burleigh Brewing Company is a welcome and relatively recent addition. Co-owner/brewer Brennan Fielding boasts considerable experience as a... Find out more

Campsites around town

Bells Bay camping area 22 km

Situated beside picturesque Toonumbar Dam, 31 km north-west of Kyogle via Afterlee Rd, Bells Bay is a vision in green, surrounded by swathes of forest. Boating (8-knot limit), canoeing, swimming and fishing for... Find out more

Sheepstation Creek camping area 23 km

With 40 sites, this sizeable camping area is just off Tweed Range Scenic Dr, 31 km north of Kyogle. The easy Rosewood Loop (6 km, 3 hr) and Palm Forest Walk (2 km, 1 hr) begin here: the former will take you through... Find out more

Forest Tops camping area 26 km

If you enter the national park along Tweed Range Scenic Dr, 30 km north of Kyogle, you’ll see signposted access for this camping area. The medium–difficult 10.5 km Booyong Walk (5 hr) sets out from here and... Find out more

Cutters Camp camping area 27 km

You’ll find Cutters Camp where Mebbin Forest and Caddell rds meet. Unsealed Mebbin Forest Rd is a 35 km scenic route with wonderful views of the region’s volcanic, forest-clad landscape; you’ll need a... Find out more

Iron Pot Creek camping area 27 km

Rest in the dappled shade of flooded gums at this spacious, grassed camping area. There’s a 750 m loop track leading to Iron Pot Creek; a night walk with a torch may reveal possums, native mice and gliders. To get... Find out more

Peacock Creek camping area 29 km

Located in a bend on the Peacock River, this is a grassy, sunlit camping area popular with birdwatchers, cyclists, walkers and 4WD enthusiasts. It’s off Peacock Creek Rd, 36 km north of Mallanganee. To get here,... Find out more

Andrew Drynan Park camping area 34 km

At this well-grassed area backing onto beautiful rainforest, campers can enjoy a splash in Running Creek or a relaxing picnic at one of the shaded tables. (The creek’s water needs to be boiled before drinking.)... Find out more

Rummery Park camping area 37 km

From this roomy, friendly camping area you can take a short walk following Boggy Creek to the beautiful Minyon Falls in Nightcap National Park. Other activities include birdwatching and car touring. To get here, turn off... Find out more

Stinson Park camping area 37 km

In 1937 local legend Bernard O’Reilly led the Stinson air crash survivors to safety from this historic site. O’Reilly found the wreckage in dense rainforest and saved the lives of 2 men who had been lost in... Find out more

Mount Warning Rainforest Park 41 km

Surround yourself with lush and up-tempo rainforest and mountain streams in this verdant mid-north-coast holiday park at the foot of Mt Warning. Accommodation options include deluxe, ensuite and budget cabins, and tent... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Ferry Reserve Holiday Park 53 km

This park is very easily accessible from the Pacific Highway northbound, but requires doubling back through town for southbound travellers. It is situated on a picturesque estuary, popular with anglers. The grounds and... Find out more

Terrace Reserve Holiday Park 54 km

Close to the centre of Brunswick Heads, this is a good quality park on the water and ideal for a holiday or just a few days. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas and... Find out more

Glen Villa Resort 59 km

This is a high quality park with good facilities, about 400 metres from the town centre. It has the unusual policy of permitting just two people per site. No bookings are taken, and a minimum-length stay applies at... Find out more

First Sun Holiday Park 59 km

Every now and then we discover a park in a fabulous position. This place is on the beach at Byron Bay, within walking distance of the town centre, the restaurants and the nightlife. The park is busy year-round and is... Find out more

Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park 60 km

A popular beachside holiday park that is busy year-round, this park has good facilities and is 6 km south of Byron Bay. It is close to some popular surfing and swimming beaches. Bookings are required in peak periods and... Find out more

Broken Head Holiday Park 60 km

This stretch of coast is a busy holiday area. The park is located on the beach and has good facilities, and popular Byron Bay is 8.5 km north. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies in... Find out more

Lake Ainsworth Holiday Park 60 km

Located alongside Lake Ainsworth and across the road from the beach, this is a good basic park in a great position. The surf club is nearby and the popular beach is great for swimming or walking. This is a council park... Find out more

Pottsville South Holiday Park 61 km

This riverfront park is a popular destination with good holiday facilities. The sites are shallow and big rigs will not fit here. It is just a short walk to the shops. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

BIG4 Ballina Central Holiday Park 62 km

This park is across the road from the water, at the end of the main street and just walking distance from the shops. The park has good amenities. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at... Find out more

Ballina Headlands Leisure Park 62 km

On a popular holiday coast, this park is about 500 metres from the water and 9 km north-east of Ballina off the Beach Road. It is a good base when visiting the area and has a heated pool for winter months. Bookings are... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Emerald Valley Villa 44 km

Nestled in the hinterland some 25 minutes drive from Byron Bay, this is way up the high end of ecotourism in this country. You can rent your own five-star palace (they call it a villa), complete with pool, courtyard,... Find out more

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat 50 km

Located near Murwillumbah and surrounded on three sides by World Heritage–listed national parks, this secluded couples-only resort on the Queensland border has minimal-impact, self-contained bungalows and cabins.... Find out more

The Mouses House, Springbrook 51 km

Set in a beautiful rainforest at more than 800 metres above sea level, this luxury resort has 11 self-contained chalets, hot tub, sauna, tennis court and bikes, a sensible environmental policy and eco-accreditation. It... Find out more

Cottages on the Creek 58 km

This 2-hectare establishment is managed as a Land for Wildlife property and the two, onebedroom spa cottages have composting toilets, protecting Currumbin Creek with its turtles, catfish, platypus and yabbies.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Yelgun rest area 53 km

50km N of Ballina (R) or 42km S of Tweed Heads (L)

Well off the highway.

Tyagarah rest area 53 km

36km N of Ballina (L)     

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Sleepy Hollow rest area 55 km

58km N of Ballina (L) or 32km S of Tweed Heads (L)

Just off the highway on both sides.

Wardell rest area 57 km

22km N of Woodburn (L) or 14km S of Ballina (L)

Large areas just off the highway on both sides.

Woodburn park area 60 km

At Woodburn

Adjacent to the highway overlooking the river.

Trustons Hill rest area 63 km

40km S of Woodburn (L)

Just off the highway behind some trees. For southbound only.

New Italy rest area 66 km

At New Italy

Just off the highway under shady trees near the museum and cafe. Big rigs at north end of the rest area.

What's on around town

Campdraft: July.

Fairymount Festival – Hell on Hooves: bullriding; July.

Gateway to the Rainforest Motorcycle Rally: Sept.

Fairymount Festival

Remembering Yesterday, Dreaming Tomorrow: Nov.

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