The Border Ranges National Park along with The McPherson Ranges, Springbook Plateau and the Nightcap National Park form part of the caldera of the Mt Warning shield – the largest caldera in the southern hemisphere. It is an easy day trip from the Gold Coast yet another world away – a beautiful and tranquil area offering a photographic smorgasbord of nature in all its glory!
Special Photographic Features or Notes
Most of the park is declared wilderness, so access is by foot only. The Tweed Valley Scenic Drive, a 64 kilometre loop through the eastern section of the park allows access to picnic facilities and breathtaking views, For the more adventurous, there are also many bushwalks varying from hundreds of metres to kilomtres, it really is up to the individual as to how far they want to go to get the shot!
The Tweed Valley scenic drive is unsealed (although fairly well maintained), so be prepared for a pothole or two. Because of this, the road is also closed for a day or so after heavy rain (and caution should be excercised if it is wet!!)
As you are entering a national park, remember to take what you need in terms of food and water for the length of your stay, and to leave only (the smallest possible) footprints. It is high, so jackets are a must year round, and good hiking equipment if you plan to go bushwalking (plus maps etc!!!).
Best Time of The Day
The views from the lookouts are best early morning or late afternoon.
Access fees are charged to visit National Parks in NSW.
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