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Other Local Attractions

While your in this beautiful region why not stop at some of the other local attractions on your way to or from the Clarence River Wilderness Lodge.

Tooloom Falls

tooloom_fallsThe local Tooloom Creek has some spectacular falls that are located just outside of Urbenville. The falls on the Tooloom Creek are about 8 meters high and drop into a broad, deep pool. Traditionally the falls marked the boundary between the Gidabal and Wurlabal clans of the Bunjalung tribe. The word Tooloom is corrupted from the Gidabal word Doolloomi, which means headlice, and it is said that these are found around the deep, potentially dangerous pool beneath the falls. In the gentle way that Aboriginals have with their children this was told to them to deter them from swimming there. It is also believed spirits live in the pool. Tooloom Falls is one of the most significant sites in Gidibal country and was declared an aboriginal place in 1977 under the National Park's and Wildlife Act.

 

 

Bean Creek Falls

bean_creek_fallsAbout 20 km from Urbenville, to the right, is a signposted side road, to Bean Creek Falls.1km down this road is a picnic area and a short walk will bring you to the scenic Bean Creek Falls. The falls give a spectacular view with the remnant rainforest creating a magnificent backdrop.

 

 

 

 Laniki Garden Walk

laniki_gardenLaniki is a neighbouring property to the Clarence River Wilderness Lodge and takes about twenty minutes via car to reach. The gardens are approximately 2.5 acres and comprise a of a mixture of native and exotic trees and shrubs, a large vegetable garden, and numerous poultry sheds. The garden layout reflects the features of soil, rock and vegetation present when the occupants came here in 1980. Rather than a preconceived plan, the garden has evolved as they have extended to follow the lay of the land. A wide range of bird species and a number of native marsupials such as the bandicoot and antechinus are friendly residents in the garden. Visitors are welcome to view the garden for a small fee, to arrange a suitable time with Lyn or Jim phone (02) 66661272

Pretty Gully Flora Reserve 

subtropical_rainforestLocated on Paddy's Flat Road, Pretty Gully was named for the striking subtropical rainforest that forms a lush canopy over the spring fed creek. It was named a flora reserve by NSW National Parks and Wildlife in 1985 to protect the rare species of native plants gazetted in the area.

 

 

Urbenville Pioneer Cottage

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In Urben St you will find the Pioneer Cottage and Historical Museum, situated in a building built of hoop pine for the Lamb family at Legume (39 km to the north-west by road) in 1892. It was relocated to its present site in 1977. The building has been restored. It has a high hipped roof, a bullnose verandah and timber battens. There are local historical displays relating to the town and district and the timber industry. The museum is open on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month or by appointment. Tel: (02) 6634 1254.

 

Historic Sites

Close to Paddy's Flat tank_trapsBridge lies tank traps left behind by the Australian Defence Force from World War II, when it was feared Australia could potentially be invaded by the Japanese. The tank traps have been used as evidence to suggest the controversial 'Brisbane Line' was in fact part of the Australian Governments defence strategy.

Grave sites are visible just past the tank traps. Very little is known about the deceased but it is believed a bushranger who travelled the area is buried there.

Old gold mining sites and buildings are also dotted along Paddy's Flat Road.

Food and Wine

There are a number of fantastic places to eat in the local area. For something a little bit special Jean Claude's 'French With Altitude' provides ambience and exquisite authentic french cuisine. For something a little more casual the 'Hungry Gecko' provides cafe style lunches as well as barista coffee, tea and something sweet for a delightful morning or afternoon tea treat. If you are heading up to Tenterfield stop in at the Drake Village Art Gallery. The gallery exhibits local artists and has tea, coffee and light snacks available.

If visiting local wineries and sampling local produce is something you enjoy on your holidays travel up the Great Dividing Range to Tenterfield which is fast becoming one of Australia's newest wine growing regions with a number of wineries in the area open for tastings and meals. There is even an annual wine and food festival in November. Visit the Tenterfield tourism website for more information.  

 Links in the area

For for a printable copy of our local maps, see Scenic Drive Map and Information

Our local tourist drive, The Rainforest Way

Horse racing at Tabulam Racing Club

 
Environmental Values

Sharon and Steve have lived in this wilderness setting for the past 28 years. They tried to minimise their footprint on this planet long before sustainability became trendy. First off was the gazetting of the property as a wildlife refuge to protect the riverine wilderness. Materials used to construct their house were recycled from houses that they demolished in Brisbane and regrowth poles harvested from within 100 metres of the house. They have used solar power since the first panels became available in the early eighties. Steve worked in the region installing stand alone solar power systems.

The cabins started life in another place for another purpose. The large cabin was a demountable road workers camp,  the smaller cabin on the Mt Lindsay border gate as accomodation for the tickies who manned that gate. These were relocated and refurbished using trees milled on the property by a local mobile mill. The trees that were felled for this purpose produced very little waste. The head of the tree and milled offcuts were docked up for fire-wood.The saw dust is used to balance the carbon/nitrogen in the composting toilets.

The Bushman's Huts were modelled on early settlers semi-permenant camps. The Bushman's Huts are constructed from recycled corrugated iron sourced from the Old Tabulam Courthouse, recycled teak and hardwood flooring, railway sleeper offcuts and milled timber form the property. the huts were built by hand and sited to least disturb the bush and take in the view of the Clarence River.

Power: A total of 3.5kw of solar photvolatic panels power the lodge. This is done with three arrays. 1.5kw for the main house, 1kw for the cabins and 1 kw for the camp kitchen and Bushman's Huts.

Water: Water is sourced from a wet season waterfall located on the mountain behind the cabins, this is gravity fed to a large holding tank and then gravity fed to all the buildings. The river is used as a back up in times of no flow or firefighting.

Waste: Composting toilets are used for all accomodation and camping areas. Why composting toilets? For one person the typical 10 litre flush contaminates  36 000 litres of water for a mere 792 litres of body waste per year. What it means is that we're taking a valuable, clean resource - water - and a potentially valuable resource - human excretment - and mixing them together to pollute the water and make the fertilising potential of body wastes useless. If we were to use a standard septic system the waste water from this given our high rainfall and low soil permeability has the potential to pollute the pristine Clarence River. Instead we use waterless composting toilets with the byproducts from these used to establish native trees in our bush regeneration projects.

Rubbish: We encourage recycling of rubbish by providing seperate bins to seperate paper, glass, metal and organic materials and ask guests to take whatever is left home with them.

 


Winner at NSW North Coast Tourism Awards 2011 Finalist at 2011 NSW Tourism Awards