Day trips in Far North NSW or Gold Coast region??

Submitted: Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 12:15
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Hi all,

We will be camping up at Hastings Point in January, which is on the NSW far north coast and approximately mid way between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast. Is anyone aware of any worthwhile 4wd day trips in that part of the world?

There's seems to be precious little in NSW. I don't know if there's anything in the Gold Coast Hinterland though.

Any suggestions?

Cheers,
Savvas
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Reply By: JimB - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 12:43

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 12:43
Ay Savvas,

Some nice drives, some nice views out the back of Murwillumbah towards Kyogle mate. Some National Park and some forestry country. Picturesque, rainforest, mountainous. Also through the back of the Lamington area is nice.

JimB
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Reply By: Member - Mal - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 14:02

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 14:02
Savvas,

Go and climb Mt Warning (on foot).

Mal T.
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Follow Up By: Savvas - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 14:05

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 14:05
Mal,

Could be a goer! How difficult would it be for 6 year old kids?

There will be two families in the group, with kids ranging from 14 & 12 down to two 6 years old.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mal - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 14:30

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 14:30
Savvas,

My daughter took her three year old up there but she spent some time on my daughter's shoulders.

I would have no hesitation taking six year olds as long as they like walking and a bit of adventure. The last couple of hundred metres is steep but there is a chain to assist you, not that you really need it. The rest of the track just zig zags up the side of the mountain at a reasonable incline.

One thing for sure, every time you see Mount Warning in the future you will say to your self, "I climbed that".

Be sure to take water, lunch and Champagne (or Glayva).

MalT.
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Reply By: Brian - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 14:58

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 14:58
Border Ranges National Park is on the Kyogle Rd.... turn off to the right at Lillian Rock for the eastern entry... Blackbutts Lookout and The Pinnacle lookout have sensational views ... Pinnacle being the better, Sheepstation Creek has a great BBQ area, the driving is relaxed and easy thru here... there is a western section mentioned in a lot of 4X4 books called Lyndesay View, don't bother it has been closed for many many years :-(
A decent map will show all the national parks in this area, many of which have 4 wheel drive tracks!
For a bit of fun, Crystalvale 4X4 park gives plenty of thrills for $20 per car per day.. they're at Crystal Creek behind Murwillumbah, beware if it's been raining though, it's mostly hill climbs and it gets way muddy there!!!
Have a good holiday!!!!
Brian
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Reply By: flappan - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 15:58

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 15:58
Mebbin Nat Park is another one (Behind Mt Warning) . . . some good driving in there . . . nothing real hard though.

Mt Warning with a 6yo . . . yep . . . no great dramas. The last section up the chains is a tad tough . . . but achievable.
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Reply By: Member - Vince - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 19:02

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 19:02
Hi Savvas.
There are some good spots west of Mullumbimby. Get in before all the forests are transferred to national parks. Once this happens all motor vehicle access will be stopped!!
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Reply By: Troopster - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 20:34

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 20:34
Savvas
If your going to do the Mount Warning thing, leave your good stuff at home. Don't take any valuables with you as you will not need them climbing. I'm saying this as the local ferals hide in the bush near the car park, wait for you to leave knowing your going to be gone for hours and help themselves to your hard earned goodies. By the time you get back the stuff's is already sold in town. Don't let this be a downer the climb and view is awsome.

Have a good holiday.
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Reply By: Bruiser - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 20:38

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 20:38
bring the crab pots best muddy season we have had for y ears last year and a few starting to show already this year try pottsville hastings cudgen creeks and tweed river olso try for sandies same areas good camping area on the creek packed in juanuary though kids will love it
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Follow Up By: Savvas - Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 21:06

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003 at 21:06
Awesome!

How's the prawning up there?
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Reply By: Bruiser - Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 12:01

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 12:01
op osite casurina beach there is a gate drive through to the cudgen creek 2 to5 days after the moon shoud be a few there if its not to crowded
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