|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.
The 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
About 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 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
Located 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
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.
Close to Paddy's Flat Bridge 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
Our local tourist drive, The Rainforest Way
Horse racing at Tabulam Racing Club