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Border Ranges beauty is right in your backyard

Explore close to home and be blown away

by Susanna Freymark, 02/03/2021, 3 min read

I AM close to the sky.

The breeze in the thick canopy that covers the hillsides makes the mountains look like they're moving. The landscape is more ocean than forest – even though I stand 110km from the sea.

This is Pinnacle Lookout in the Border Ranges where the peak of Wollumbin-Mt Warning shouts its presence by protruding from the waves of green.

This is your backyard. An hour’s drive from Kyogle.

View from The Pinnacle Lookout. Photo: Susanna Freymark

To get here, drive the winding country roads, mostly gravel, past tall white eucalypts stretching for the sky and lush paddocks of chewing cows, some with calves nudging their bloated bellies.

There is no sign of another human being. Whipbirds call through the rainforest trees as other animals go about their business in silence, unseen by me.

Tall gums stretch to the sky.

The sun is setting and long shadows arc across the slopes, welcoming the darkness.

There is so much to see yet nature tells me I have all the time in the world to take it in.

If the ancient Githabul landscape could speak, its voice would be deep calm. Like its presence.

I am alone.

I am small.

And the world is big.

Nature is the authority here and all I can do is marvel at its beauty.

A calf feeds in dairy country on the way to the Border Ranges National Park. Photos: Susanna Freymark

MUST VISIT

Kyogle Visitor Information Centre for maps and advice

Wiangaree General Store for a coffee and a hamburger (with beetroot) for $11

The Pinnacle Lookout

Swimming hole at Lynchs Creek School

Brushbox Falls near Sheepstation Creek

Blackbutt Picnic Lookout

Park map sign at Lynchs Creek Rd at Wiangaree.

WALK

Brindle Creek walk – 6km

Bar Mountain circuit – 4km

Red Cedar Loop – 750m

Rosewood Loop – 6km

Palm Forest loop – 1km

Enjoy the rainforest in the national park.

WILDLIFE

Giant barred frog

Koalas

Birds – Australian logrunner, whipbird, eastern bristlebird, crested shrike-tit, wompoo pigeon, golden whistler, little lorikeet and Pacific baza

Lurking in the leaves at Sheepstation Creek campground

STAY AT

Sheepstation Creek Campground – 26 sites

Forest Tops Campground – 3 sites

For bookings call 1300 072 757

Spot the wildflowers sprinkled on the mountain slopes.

MORE INFO

Park entry $8/car per day

Border Ranges National Park Phone 6632 0000

Website nswparks.info/border-ranges