QLD Border Pass for all travellers

Planning to come to the Northern Rivers and northern NSW, and want to zip across the border to the Scenic Rim, Gold Coast or hinterland?

Then you’ll need to know this.

Active NOW, as of 1am this morning, Saturday June 19th, 2021.

The article also includes links to the QLD govt border pass pages.

“QLD launches mandatory border pass for all domestic, overseas arrivals

From 1am on June 19, all QLD arrivals will need to complete one of three border passes: and the requirements are a real minefield.”


“Those requiring a Queensland Travel Declaration (green or amber) should apply online within three days of arriving into Queensland, while those needing a Queensland Border Declaration Pass must apply online at least three days before their Queensland arrival.”

“QLD’s decision to implement travel pass requirements for all cross-border arrivals brings the state into line with Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory.

Like Norfolk Island and the Indian Ocean Territories too, these jurisdictions all now require an online pass be granted prior to travel.

Only New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory don’t mandate a standard pass for all travellers, instead requiring only those arriving from locations of interest to complete a declaration.”

Photo credit: J Palmer, Big Volcano Tourism M&M

Wollumbin NP extended closure

“Extension of Summit track closure.

Wollumbin National Park, formerly known as Mount Warning National Park, is closed due to significant safety issues on the Wollumbin Summit track.

The park has been closed since March 2020 to comply with COVID-19 rules on public gatherings and physical distancing, particularly related to use of the chain near the summit of the climb.

Mount Warning aerial view ©
Mount Warning / Wollumbin seen from the air ©

During this closure, an independent engineer’s structural assessment strongly recommended the closure of the 100-metre chain section used by climbers to access the summit.

This assessment noted the existing posts in the chain section was reaching the end of their design life, increasing the risk of further accidents or fatalities.

The independent engineer’s assessment led to the conclusion that catastrophic failure of this chain section was very high.

Safety is a priority for the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), and as such the summit track closure has been extended.

We understand that locals and visitors may be disappointed by the extended closure; however, our main priority must always be to ensure the safety of visitors and staff.

We will now consider the Summit track’s future, in consultation with key community and tourism stakeholders including Aboriginal Elders and knowledge holders.”

Source: NSW Government: NPWS Tweed Byron Area

Read more and register interest here.

Cottages, Holiday Houses and Bungalows

Big Volcano Cottages, Holiday Houses and Bungalows

We’ve checked and updated our curated Booking.com affiliate listings for our Cottages, Holiday Houses and Bungalows holiday rentals directory.

Covering the Northern Rivers – Gold Coast – Scenic Rim region of NSW and QLD, the selected short term accommodation ranges from quaint beachview cottages through to retreat style rainforest abodes.

Free listings are also provided with locality and contact number only. For free standing solo properties, the host/manager can be contacted, but is generally not available on-site.

Featured property

Fig Tree Retro Studio. Tucked away on 6 acres not far from the coastal town of Pottsville, Northern NSW, the Fig Tree Retro Studio has a gorgeous vintage theme which creates a unique and quirky space ideal for couples, solo adventurers or two friends who are looking to get away and step into a simpler time.

Private and self-contained, the studio is located just 9 min from Pottsville Beach and 25 min from the iconic Byron Bay.

A continental style Breakfast Hamper filled with goodies is provided for your enjoyment. Short term stays of 1-3 months available with applicable discounts. We’re also pet friendly with any small breed pet welcomed*.   From $95 pn 3-night minimum.

Photo courtesy Fig Tree Retro Studio

Disclosure: Fig Tree Retro Studio is a Big Volcano Tourism customer.

Minyon Falls closed for upgrades

Minyon Falls will be closed from 1 March to the end of June 2021.

Work has resumed on the major upgrade to the Minyon Falls visitor precinct as part of the largest ever investment into National Park visitor infrastructure.

Big Volcano Tourism. Nightcap National park signage at Rummery Park Campground.

This is the first stage of the $7.35 million Tweed Byron Hinterland Trails Project, which will deliver high quality nature-based visitor experiences to boost the NSW visitor economy and community wellbeing.

Work was completed in December last year to increase parking capacity from 37 to 93 spaces which was well-received over the busy summer period.

Minyon Falls and Minyon Grass closed from 1 March to enable the construction of a new lookout and day use area at Minyon Falls.

The site is not expected to reopen until the end of June. Rummery Park campground will remain open, accessible via Nightcap Range Road.

Read the Minyon Falls master plan for more details. 👇


New Year, New What’s New

Big Volcano Visitor Guide – What’s New in Wollumbin? has been updated for 2021.

The Big Volcano Visitor Guide web site and customer update listings for 2020 have been filed under “What’s Old – 2020“, and 2021 has now started on the What’s New page.

Early 2020 updates were dominated by national park closures due to bush fire threats, which quickly gave way to COVID-19 updates.

Let’s hope 2021 provides some early relief on the pandemic front, and the Northern Rivers of NSW, and Gold Coast region of QLD, can get back to being Australia’s favourite holiday destination.

Victoria Park Nature Reserve. Photo credit: Big Volcano Tourism Marketing & Media.

NSW Northern Rivers History: Cedar Getters on the Tweed & Brunswick Rivers

See also “The Cedar Cutter”, Knox Park, Murwillumbah: https://www.bigvolcano.com.au/stories/cedarcutter/index.htm

Nola Mackey - Local History

Cedar-getters on the Tweed River

                Although a timber exploratory voyage had been made to the Tweed River by William Scott in the Letitia in 1840, it was not until 1844 a party of sawyers arrived on the Tweed.

Tweed Valley

                William Scott was a cousin of Charles Steele, a cedar dealer and squatter on the Macleay River, who applied for a licence to cut cedar in the Moreton Bay district in 1840. It would appear Thomas Caffrey had business links with Charles Steele and was his agent on the Macleay, and  Clarence Rivers and later at Moreton Bay. Caffrey would buy the cedar from the sawyers , delivered to the ships, mostly owned by Steele and then transport the logs to the Sydney market.

                Although Caffrey was still shipping cedar out of Moreton Bay in 1844,  the easily accessible cedar at there had begun to run out, and  he…

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