The Rainforest Way
World Heritage rainforests
Explore the scenic wonders of the lush, World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia in northern NSW on this meandering drive. You'll see some amazing sights including ancient volcanic plugs and large volcanic craters, thick lush rainforests and rare Antarctic beech trees.
Be inspired along the Rainforest Way drive
Explore the scenic wonders of the lush, World Heritage-listed rainforests of northern NSW on this meandering drive. You can depart from Murwilllumbah, Lismore, Casino or Kyogle, following short, half-day loops between 80 and 95 kms.
To make the most of your journey along the Rainforest Way, drop into the Murwillumbah World Heritage Rainforest Centre to learn about the rare wildlife and botanic splendours of the region.
You'll see some amazing sights along the way. The dramatic spike of Mt Warning, an ancient plug of solidified lava, towers dramatically above the drive and the meandering Tweed River. Waterfalls hidden by shady canopy are best explored on foot - Minyon Falls in Nightcap National Park and Protesters Falls on Terania Creek are beautiful. Stop off at quirky local villages such as Nimbin (Australia's counter-culture capital), historic Tyalgum or Channon for the monthly markets.
See rare and endangered native animals at remote wilderness refuges, go canoeing, birdwatching and bushwalking.
Murwillumbah countryside featuring Mt Warning in far distance, Tweed district, Northern Rivers. Image Hamilton Lund
View of Mount Warning through Northern Rivers countryside. Image Stuart Owen Fox
Road to Mount Nardi picnic area, Nightcap National Park (near Nimbin). Image Hamilton Lund
Macadamia plantation at Lismore, Northern Rivers.
The Channon Markets, Byron, Northern Rivers. Image Don Fuchs
Avoid driving tired and reach your destination.
When driving, always consider how tired you are – fatigue is one of the top three contributors to Australia’s road toll.
Ensure you have had enough sleep before your trip and share the driving wherever possible. When driving on Australian roads take advantage of the many ‘rest areas’ available, regardless of whether it’s a long-distance or short-distance trip.
Easily locate rest areas and plan your rest breaks for your next journey by visiting www.rms.nsw.gov.au