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Home > Travelogues > 2009 Travelogues Index > New England Region NSW > Tenterfield area

Tenterfield area, New England Region, New South Wales 

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Timbarra Lookout is an outcrop of granite rocks near the southern edge of the Basket Swamp National Park. An easy 100 metre walk trail brings you to this trig point, high on the tallest rock in this outcrop.  Views across farmlands and the Bruxner Highway and as far as Tenterfield can be seen from the rock, where I struggled to stand in the cold wind to pick out landmarks in the 180 vista.  Tenterfield is at the far right of this panorama. 

 

The forest was ablaze with colour for wildflowers.  Photo above right shows a golden native pea flower, probably Pultenaea hartmannii, Stanthorpe Pea, and a purple Comesperma species, probably Comesperma ericinum, Matchheads.

The track of 6.5 kilometres took us further east to the car park for Woollool Woolloolni, a place of Aboriginal significance. A poorly defined walk on an overgrown and poorly marked trail brought us to the sacred rocks, with a large rock at the top being a landmark visible from the Bruxner Highway.

  

Looking east from Woollool Woolloolni above right.

Other things to see and do in and around Tenterfield
Basket Swamp National Park

Basket Swamp National Park is reached heading north from Tenterfield on the Mount Lindesay Road. Basket Swamp drains into the Basket Swamp Creek and a four wheel drive track terminates near a series of cascades on the creek.

 

Standing on the top of one of the larger cascades above left.

  

A steep downhill walk along a fire trail gives views of this waterfall from the base, above right.

 

Timbarra Lookout and Woollool Woolloolni as described above are also in the Basket Swamp National Park. 

 

Boonoo Boonoo National Park

Further north the National Park Boonoo Boonoo has a small campground, with the dreaded bollards, alongside the Boonoo Boonoo River near Platypus Pool.

 

 

    

The River tumbles down a steep incline for 210 metres from a series of rocky pools which would be good swimming holes. There are further cascades above these pools, but some rock climbing required to see them.
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From the falls car park, a sealed path follows a cliff edge to a viewing platform.  The steep tumbling falls can only been seen in glimpses.
 
Looking down the river valley at the base of the falls, cleared farmland can be seen, then further mountains in the distance. 
 
The deep river valley continues through the forest and out of the park to join the Clarence River (below).
 
With a number of walks in these two national parks, we had a full and most enjoyable day.
Woollool Woolloolni