Reconnect with Mother Nature
From its 300kms of pristine beaches to the World Heritage-listed rainforests of the hinterland, it's easy to see why Northern Rivers NSW was the birthplace of Australia 's environmental movement.
Some 20 million years ago, the Mt Warning volcano rose high above the coastal plains, trapping moisture-laden air and spreading its rich volcanic soil. In these perfect conditions, a vast rainforest grew in wild isolation until the first white settlers arrived just 200 years ago.
It didn't take long for these timber cutters to decimate the low-lying rainforests known as The Big Scrub. In the Border Ranges and along the higher peaks, however, the wilderness survived and, in the 1960s and 70s, a different breed of pioneers set their sights on these hills, staging anti-logging protests that attracted international attention. Not only did they manage to save the rainforests of the Northern Rivers, they also generated a worldwide awareness of the need to preserve other unique places.
Thanks to the efforts of those early protestors and those who have followed in their footsteps, the Northern Rivers region now encompasses some of Australia 's most significant World Heritage-listed reserves, as well as a host of spectacular National Parks and state forests. These include the remains of the Mt Warning volcano, the Border Ranges , Nightcap National Park and the Iluka Nature Reserve on the coast, as well as the last remnants of The Big Scrub at eleven different sites.
Visitors are encouraged to experience Mother Nature's wonders first hand at the many idyllic camping and picnic spots scattered throughout the National Parks and reserves or by following the network of bushwalking trails on anything from a ten-minute stroll to a two-day hike.
The reward for effort comes at mountain lookouts with panoramic views stretching to the coast, cascading waterfalls tumbling into crystal clear pools, misty forests of Antarctic beech trees, and the simple pleasure of being far from the madding crowd.