huge volcanic eruption millions
of years ago originated the Valley as well as what
is known today as the Gold Coast. Its has a well
defined ring shape with vertical walls that in some
points climbs to more than a thousand meters. In the
middle, where before was the main crater, now is
occupied by MT. Warning, name given by Capitan Cook
due the summit be visible miles away from the sea.
Today the mountains is a dead volcano peaking 1156
mts (3500ft) above sea level (photo) and all the
surroundings including the peak is a National Park.
If you fit, you can climb to the top in a relative
easy trail at the beginning, but with very demanding
stairs for the last 100 meters or so. Now we understand
the way there are so many people in the Valley
offering massages. There are few accommodation in
the Park, and the Caravan Park is very well located.
They offer not only areas for Camping, but good
powered sites for motor homes and spacious Cabins
with TV, Fridge, Stove, Bathroom and the most you
need to be in comfort. Prices are also cheap for
such location and accommodation. Wild life, creeks
and diverse vegetation are the top attraction.
is the main town in the Valley at the margins of the
Tweed River. The town has a nice and tranquil vibe
and offers a selection of restaurants, Hotels,
Motels, Backpackers Hostels and accommodation for
all budgets. The town is pretty and there are some
great tourist attractions nearby. The Fruit World is
one of this places and consists of a farm-like
complex with fruits from all over the world. There
you will be able to try fruits with names, texture,
and colors never imagined before. Ice Creams are one
of the best in Australia. If you have a car,
Murwillumbah is a very good base to explore not only
the Valley by also the magnificent coast.
the North side of the Valley from
Murwillumbah you will reach the border of the old
crater (also Border of States). There are 4 different
National Parks "Border Ranges",
O'Reilly's", "Lamington", "Springbrook"
(last 3 on Queensland) Between Lamington and
Springbrook you will find one of the best attractions
of these mountains the Natural Arch (Photo).
Following the course of a small river, the water
carved its way into a cave in a gorgeous waterfall
that lands on a placid indoors pool. You can swim
and enjoy the waterfall if you wish but be aware
that after heavy rain the volume of water gets too
strong and can drag you to the bottom. Deaths were registered
lately, so do not attempt to swim if you not
familiar with the situation. The cave during the
nigh is home of happy Glow Worms that illuminate its
ceiling like stars in the sky. Only Australia and
New Zealand have this king of glow worms in the
world. The trail is nice, easy for all ages and
proper for well Chair. It is just a short walk from
the main road and parking area. There are many
trails to other areas of the park, some ending at beautiful
waterfalls and others in Lookouts, with fantastic
views of the whole region including the sea.
the South side of the Valley
to the direction of Byron Bay, there are also some
good and beautiful spots to explore. Small villages
and towns like Nimbim (the so called hippie city due
the number of artists and alternative life style).
Lismore, University City, also the biggest of
the region and North part of New South Wales. On the
road, some fantastic places deserves a stop as the
Dam with its peaceful lake, aquatic plants and
variety of birds. The top attraction of this area is
the thick vegetation and the views of Mount Warning
from different angles.
part of the coast, is one
of the best of New South Wales with breath taking
beaches like Cabarita (photo). From Fingal to Byron
Bay there are a plenty of open beaches most with
great waves for surfing and good fishing. At Fingal,
a short walk from the car park to the lighthouse
will open a great view of the ocean and surrounding
beaches. At the edge, a exquisite rock formation
style) is reminiscent from the great eruptions of
Mt. Warning. Kingscliff, another village by the
has a beautiful beach with cafes and
restaurants, and a beachfront Caravan Park. A very nice public park at the entrance of the breakwater,
is a great place for a picnic and do a break from the
driving. Brunswick Heads is just before Byron Bay,
and great for the fishing.
Brisbane : get the Motorway 1 South - If going
to Lamington, Springbrook, or O'Reilly,s
National Parks get the access near Nerang after the
Theme Parks. Alternatively you can follow the
motorway till the end at Coolangatta and after cross
to New South Wales, take the road to Murwillumbah.
Sydney: After ass Byron
the next town will be Brunswick Heads. After, take
the road to Murwillumbah (not the freeway to the
is a Caravan Park on the road inside the Mt.Warning
National Park. Also Murwillumbah has plenty of
accommodation. On the Gold Coast, and do a day tour
to the Valley.
Accommodation during long holidays like Easter, End
of The Year and Vacation periods may be very
difficult to find. Better call before.
Take care driving in the Valley. Roads are narrow
with many curves. The beauty of the place distract
drivers from the road.
road from Mt.Warning to the Gold Coast by the
mountain is narrow and step not very suitable for
big or slow vehicles or trailers.
To fish in New South Wales requires a license sold
in Petrol Station or tackle shops. (more or less A$
Valleys surrounding Mt.Warning
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