Starting at the Border Gate, this stunning scenic drive winds its way through Woodenbong, Urbenville, Tooloom National Park, Legume and finishes in Liston. Must-stops include Tooloom Falls, Tooloom Lookout, the historic bridge over Koreelah Creek and Acacia Creek Lookout.
The Border Mountains region follows the New South Wales and Queensland border and is unlike anywhere else on Earth.
- Begin at the Border Gate on Summerland Way
This was the old tick inspection station and in previous years featured a lockable gate. This is the start of a 2.5km path winding east along the Mount Lindesay, with views across the border ranges towards Kyogle. To the West is the start of the rabbit proof fence and the NSW/QLD border.
- Yowie’s Cross Here
3km along from the Border Gate, you will see footprints on the road in the area where Yowies have been seen. Keep a good lookout – you might spot one yourself. Drive along with the windows open and listen to the distinctive call of the bell bird.Continue along this road, and at the intersection with the Mount Lindesay Road and Summerland Way, veer right onto the Mount Lindesay Road, following signs to Woodenbong and Tenterfield.
A further 9km down the road, on the Mount Lindesay Road, keep an eye out for the machinery collection on display in a front yard. An excellent collection of machinery from a bygone era and industries which contributed to the growth of the area. The artwork on the fence is worth a picture too.
The largest village in the Border Mountains, Woodenbong has a cafe, general store, hardware store, chemist and two fuel outlets (1 of which is 24 hour with EFTPOS). Accommodation in Woodenbong includes camping grounds, a hotel and two Bed and Breakfasts, with numerous farm stays in close proximity.Follow the Clarence Way from Woodenbong to Urbenville.
Nestled under the impressive volcanic plug, Coutt’s Crown, there is much to see and do. For the outdoors enthusiasts, kayaking, rock climbing or fishing are all on offer. For those with an interest in history, a visit to the Pioneer Cottage Museum is a must (generally open on weekends, hours are subject to change, so to avoid disappointment phone 02 6634 1254 to check).
- Tooloom Falls
About 3km southwest of Urbenville, along the Tooloom Road, you will find the peach and tranquility of Tooloom Falls. Some basic BBQs are available and a composting toilet is available. Swimming is possible above the falls. Please note Tooloom Falls is a site of significance to the local Githabul Aboriginal community. Please respect the site and leave it in the condition you found it. NB: Tooloom Falls is currently closed to December 2020 to allow for regeneration of the area.
- Tooloom Lookout
Part of Tooloom National Park, Tooloom Lookout offers extensive views of the canopy of the World Heritage Tooloom Scrub and across farmland and forested hills to the Great Dividing Range.
- Bridge over Koreelah Creek
Take a moment to stop and marvel at the historic bridge designed by John Bradfield, the many who also designed the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Koreelah Creek Bridge was constructed by the DMR in 1931.
The northwest entry point to the Border Mountains, Legume is a small community that offers visitors hospitality and charm. A general store, post office and fuel station, Legume has everything you need to make your visit to the Border Mountains a memorable one.
- Acacia Plateau
Best known as one of Australia’s fine producers of beef cattle as well as potatoes and kiwi fruit. Be amazed by views to the south towards New Koreelah and Rivertree – the headwaters of the Clarence River.
High in the mountains, Liston was a key point on the Cobb and Co coach route to Brisbane. See the restored coach maintained in the village. Liston has a playground and picnic area, and just outside Liston take the time to visit Undercliffe Falls. The deep rock pool in the base is a great spot for swimming.