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									Rainforest Way
the way to the rainforests
                             More than just a way to the rainforests, the
                             Rainforest Way is a perfect way to experience
                             the region. This scenic touring route winds
                             through national parks, rainforests, rivers and
                             heritage towns.


                             Loops on the Way
                             With the great caldera of Mt Warning in
                             northern NSW as its hub, the Rainforest Way
                             explores the World Heritage-listed Central
                             Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia. Criss-
                             crossing the NSW–Queensland border, this
                             collection of touring routes provides easy
                             access to the rainforest experience.
                             Mallanganee link
                             Stretching between Casino and Urbenville,
                             this 121 km route explores pretty rural
                             landscapes among the foothills of the Great
                             Dividing Range. Atop the Richmond Range, the
                             Mallanganee lookout and picnic area provides
                             a spectacular view across the valleys of the
                             distant volcanic plugs forming the mountains
                             of the Rainforest Way.
                             Lions Road
                             Built as a Lions Club project to allow access
                             to the rainforests, the 68 km Lions Road criss-
                             crosses Running Creek and Grady’s Creek on
                             the NSW–Queensland border at the famous
                             tick gate. A highlight of this scenic drive is the
                             spectacular engineering feat of the spiral
                             Border Loop – a treat for rail enthusiasts. To
                             enable trains to cross the Border Ranges, rail
                             engineers had to find a means of gaining
                             altitude at a reasonable gradient.


58   RAINFOREST WAY
                                                                                                      top l – r: Blackbutts Lookout, Border Ranges
                                                                                                      National Park; Hamilton Lund; Elebana Falls,
                                                                                                      Lamington National Park; Nightcap National
                                                                                                      Park, Hamilton Lund




Tamborine Circuit                                 Minyon Falls                                        RICHMOND VALLEY
Part of a scenic loop into the hinterland of      Travelling north from Lismore takes you to the      the valley of surprises
Queensland’s Gold Coast, this route begins in     township of Nimbin, renowned for the 1970s          Leave the Pacific Highway at
Nerang and follows part of the local Tourist      Aquarius Festival and the alternative lifestyle.    Woodburn and be surprised by this
Drive 8 towards Canungra and Tamborine            The route then passes Protestor Falls and winds     alternative way north through the
                                                                                                      Richmond Valley. Well endowed with
Mountain – a pretty holiday community with        through picture-postcard villages including
                                                                                                      a variety of habitats and landforms,
cafés, gift shops and a village atmosphere.       The Channon, which hosts famous monthly             national parks and nature reserves
There are well defined rainforest walks, and       markets, before arriving at Nightcap National       – a tour of the Valley is made easy by
a variety of good local food and wines on         Park. Take a walk or enjoy Minyon Falls, which      the picnic and BBQ areas provided at
sale in the area.                                 plunge more than 100 m from the rim of the          many beauty spots.
                                                  ridge to the valley floor.                                 Casino Visitor Information Centre,
Main Range
                                                                                                            telephone: (02) 6662 3566;
This route takes you to the beautiful town        Tweed Range Scenic Drive
                                                                                                      www.richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au/
of Boonah, with its distinctive heritage          For a route through spectacular rainforests that    tourism
architecture, located in the foothills 42 km      also offer unforgettable vistas of Mt Warning
west of Beaudesert. Nearby is Mount French        and the caldera, try the Tweed Range Scenic         KYOGLE
National Park, which offers spectacular           Drive. This, mostly gravel, 90 km drive (best       gateway to the rainforests
lookouts and excellent rock climbing at Frog      approached from north of Kyogle) shows the          Kyogle’s ancient gallery of natural
Buttress. Stop at Carrs Lookout, 54 km from       towering spire of the mountain standing in          wonders greets you at every turn.
Boonah on the way to Queen Mary and               stark relief against the vastness of the caldera,   Drive, walk or ride through an
Teviot Falls, for views of the headwaters of      the mosaic of farmlands and the deep green          exquisite canvas painted in a rich
the Condamine River, the origin of the mighty     of the rainforest, especially from the Pinnacle     palette of colours and textures.
Murray, Australia’s longest river. The route      Lookout. Take one of the short walks at Brindle     Kyogle Visitor Information Centre,
to Boonah takes you through rich farmland,        Creek or Bar Mountain for awe-inspiring views       telephone: (02) 6632 1611
punctuated by pockets of rainforest.              over the Lost World Wilderness from the
                                                  Antarctic Beech picnic area.                        BEAUDESERT SHIRE
Mt Warning View Circuit                                                                               Queensland’s hidden oasis
The Circuit follows the base of Mt Warning,
                                                  For further information visit our website:          Take a leisurely drive amid rainforests,
providing picturesque views of both the valley                                                        mountains, wineries and weekend
                                                  www.rainforestway.com.au
and the rim of the caldera. Meander through                                                           markets. Visit galleries and stay in
historic villages such as Uki and Tyalgum, with   Please note: This information is not intended       campsites, B&Bs, eco-retreats and
cafés and galleries or walk through the euca-     for use as an independent touring guide.            5-star resorts.
lypt forest in Mebbin National Park. To learn     Visitors are advised to seek more detailed          Beaudesert Shire,
more about the creation of this magnificent        information on the individual park and              telephone: 1300 881 164
landscape, visit the World Heritage Rainforest    road conditions before embarking on the             www.queenslandshiddenoasis.com
Information Centre in Murwillumbah.               Rainforest Way.


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