If you make to Woodenbong or Urbenville, then you’re well and truly in the “woop woops” of the Wollumbin Volcano!
This is not to say you’ve strayed “beyond the black stump”, although you’ll see a few of these around as a result of the timber getting of earlier times.
If you want experience Australia’s rugged backcountry and countryside vistas without getting beyond the black stump and into the outback, then you’ve found it here.
Dairying and cattle raising, some timber milling, and a farm tourism presence are the mainstays, with the Scenic Rim food bowl over the border in Queensland, providing an abundance of fruit, vegetables and gourmet products like olives and cheese, with a now well established boutique winery trail also a popular attraction.
A popular inland route for “grey nomads”, the Summerland Way/Mount Lindesay Highway via Woodenbong, traverses Focal Peak volcano series, with the most outstanding features being Mount Lindesay in New South Wales, and Mount Barney in Queensland.
If you’re heading north into QLD, Woodenbong is your last chance to stop, stretch your legs and re-fuel before beginning the climb over the “scenic rim”.
Open your vehicle windows and listen out for the distinct and constant “tink tink” calls of Bellbirds in the forests as you cross the border into Queensland and head for Mt Barney, Rathdowney and country towns of the south east.
Area attractions accessible via Woodenbong and Urbenville, include national parks of the “Focal Peak group”, and for railway buffs, the Spiral Loop section of the Sydney-Brisbane line, which can be viewed from the Lions Road Scenic Link about 45 km south of Woodenbong, toward Kyogle.
Accommodation is limited to farm cottages, cabins and home stays tucked away on large farms or bush blocks adjacent to nationals parks and reserves, while caravanners can find facilities at Urbenville Forest Park, and Woodenbong Camping Ground.
Community camping grounds are also available at Mallanganee and Bonalbo, while walk-in bush camping is available at some national parks, with rugged bush camping a popular and permit limited feature at Mt Barney National National Park.
Tooloom Falls Aboriginal Place in Tooloom National Park, just south of Urbenville, is a special place shared with permission of the local Githebul/Gidabal and Wurlavul peoples.
For more information, please visit the Big Volcano Visitor Guide – Woodenbong and Urbenville, which has short descriptions of drives and national parks, links to accommodation, and transport options for getting there.