Accessed via Casino and Mallanganee, Tabulum and Bonalbo are in the Upper Clarence Valley, well and truly in the “back blocks” of the Wollumbin Volcano.
Dairying and cattle raising, some timber milling, and farmstay, camping and wilderness lodge style of tourism are the mainstays.
Access is via the Tabulam Bridge, notable as the longest single span wooden bridge in the southern hemisphere at 972 feet long by 15 foot wide, or 296 metres long by 4.5 metres wide.
Backcountry activities in the area include canoeing, horse riding, fossicking, and private 4WD off road tracks at some bush camping facilities.
For the more adventurous traveller, there’s also mountain bike trail riding, rock climbing and abseiling, along with the usual bushwalking and bird watching opportunities in the parks and reserves of the region.
Accommodation is available at Clarence River Wilderness Lodge and Lanikai Campsites in Tabulam, and at Peacock Creek Camping Area in Richmond Range National Park.
For backcountry caravanners and RV enthusiasts, Bonalbo has recently upgraded facilities at the community run caravan and camping park, while at Mallanganee, the local progress association looks after the campground facilities at the Sport Oval.
Check out the Big Volcano Visitor Guide – Bonalbo and Tabulam, which has a short history of Mallanganee, Tabulum and Bonalbo, along with information about national parks, accommodation, and transport options for getting there.