Border Ranges National Park

Panoramic view of Wollumbin/Mt Warning from Blackbutt lookout

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!!)

Special Equipment

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.

Additional Information

More information is available from:-
NSW Government Site
Tropical NSW
Google Map

Access fees are charged to visit National Parks in NSW.

Panoramic view from The Pinacle Lookout

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Author Bio

Ross and Cher

A married couple enjoying a new frontier….what started as a hobby became a passion and now… Landscapes natural and man made are a first love, but enjoy the challenges of candid, machinery and lifestyle images. The images that we create are an extension of ourselves. It allows us to show others life as we see it and we enjoy showing things in simple but unique ways.


  1. Brent Pearson November 15, 2008

    Thanks for the guide Ross & Cheryl — I enjoyed reading your guide. It is now linked in to the freephotoguide project. What a lovely part of the world. Definitely in need of exploration.


  2. Darren Pearce November 15, 2008

    Great guide — Spectacular part of the world, the last panorama is brilliant.

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