ROSEBOURNE GARDENS – WOOLGOOLGA


It was an early departure this morning for Nightcap National Park and Protesters Falls. This area is accessed via Terania Creek Road and the Terania Creek Picnic Area. The walk is a 1.4km (30 minutes) return through what is a simply a special place.

I have to say that I’m very thankful to all those people who protested back in 1979 against logging in the Terania Creek area. This place is just too special to be so ridiculously wasted.

After Protesters Falls it was off to the Mt Nardi section of Nightcap National Park, found of Newton Road. This is a bitumen road all the way in – which is a nice change.

At Mt Nardi there are quite a few walks. This time round I did the Pholgi Gap Walk (3km return) and the Mt Matheson Loop Track (1.5km return) combined, which took about 1 3/4 hours to complete.

At the end of these walks I passed the spectacular Nimbin Rocks on the way back to Lismore and then on to Woolgoolga. Again I’m staying at Rosebourne Gardens Motel.

LISMORE TOURIST CARAVAN PARK


Today I began my journeys by heading for the Richmond Range National Park along the Sextonville Road. The road in was generally good, though parts where not so good.

First stop was Peacock Creek Rest Area for a look at the camping facilities. Then I headed along the Cambridge Plateau Forest Drive which is quite a good gravel road.

The Cambridge Plateau Rest Area has a very good lookout, as well as a couple of walks. The first is a very easy 5-10 minute loop through the rainforest, the second a much more strenuous 40 minute 2km walk to Culmaran Creek and then loops back to the rest area.

After this I went on to Lismore and booked into the Lismore Tourist Caravan Park, where a cabin without ensuite cost $40.00 for the night.

Having booked in it was off to Whian Whian State Forest and Nightcap National Park. This is a very easy drive. Here I visited a couple of picnic areas and Minyon Falls. Because both Minyon and Quandong Falls where all but dry (due to the drought), I did not complete the walk to the base of Minyon Falls (a hard slog of a walk). I’ll save the effort until a visit when there is plenty of water. The walk itself is a 7.5km return walk which would take about 3-4 hours to complete.