Introducing Border Ranges National Park
This 31, 729-hectare World Heritage area covers the NSW side of the McPherson Range, with the park’s wetter areas protecting large tracts of superb rainforest. It’s estimated that a quarter of all Australian bird species can be found here.
The eastern section is the most accessible, via the gravel Tweed Range Scenic Drive, which begins at Barkers Vale, 40km southwest of Murwillumbah. The drive loops through the park from Lillian Rock to Wiangaree, through mountain forest most of the way, with steep hills and breathtaking lookouts over the Tweed Valley to Mt Warning and the coast.
There are basic NPWS camp sites (per person $3) on the Scenic Dr: Sheepstation Creek, 15km north of the turn-off at Wiangaree, and Forest Tops, 6km further on. There’s free camping at Byrill Creek, on the eastern side of Mebbin State Forest.