Richmond Valley & Kyogle


Broadwater is a quiet oasis where visitors can stop and rest by the Richmond River, browse in the antiques shops or continue on into the Broadwater National Park, which is home to a variety of bird life and unique wilderness. Broadwater also has top boating and skiing facilities.

Situated on the Pacific Highway just north of Evans Head and 15 minutes drive south from Ballina, Broadwater is adjacent to the Broadwater National Park and is central to several coastal beaches and the beautiful hinterland.

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Casino is an easy-going town and a rewarding stop-off point for anyone travelling via the Summerland Way, the alternative inland route to the Pacific Highway. The town has a number of historic buildings that make fascinating viewing.

The first timber cutters settled in the area in the 1850s, and were followed by graziers, but growth was initially slow. Casino developed as a service centre for the surrounding grazing country, and the town has become known as “The Beef Capital”. Be sure not to miss the Platypus Pool, below Irving Bridge, and the Casino Miniature Railway or Casino Folk Museum.  Each year Casino Beef Week is a major festival held celebrating their beef industry.

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Coraki, the Tea Tree capital of the region is centrally located to inland centres, National Parks and beaches. The quiet charm and genuine hospitality of the locals is a welcome bonus.  Boating and water sports abound and there is even a 9 hole golf course that would stand the test of the most demanding of golfers.

The Coraki Riverside Caravan Park, centrally located in the village right beside the river, makes for a peaceful home base when visiting the region.

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Evans Head

One of the coast’s best kept secrets, the laidback fishing and holiday village of Evans Head offers a myriad of experiences, making it an attractive holiday destination. Despite being a small town, Evans Head offers a variety of options for eating out, activities for children and adults and a range of accommodation catering for all tastes.

Evans Head is surrounded by Bundjalung and Broadwater National Parks. The town itself has some broad surf beaches and sandy river flats which encourage a range of water sports including windsurfing, fishing, and boating.

The town boasts its own airport so for those fortunate enough to own or charter a private aircraft, what are you waiting for – just fly on in!

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Kyogle is known as a “gateway” to many National Parks including Border Ranges National Park and Toonumbar National Park.  With a population of under 4,000 people, it was founded in the 1830s as a lumber camp.  The town is located 32 kilometres north of Casino on the Summerland Way close to the Queensland border and lies on the banks of the Richmond River.

Visitors are attracted to Kyogle and the surrounding villages drawn by the spectacular natural beauty of the area that flows with essence of the Australian rural character.

Grab a picnic lunch and head out for a day of exploration in our World Heritage Rainforests, or leisurely recreation at Toonumbar Dam. Begin a journey of discovery along the scenic Lions Road and visit the historically significant Border Loop Railway Spiral and Tunnels, or you may chose a country drive visiting the villages of Woodenbong and their now famous Yowie Country Markets, historic Urbenville, uniquely Australian Bonalbo and sample bush tucker surrounded by authentic indigenous artwork and the home of the Australian Light Horse, Tabulam where you can marvel at the longest single span wooden bridge in Australia.

Kyogle has maintained the character of its main street, hidden behind these beautiful façades are a plethora of shops, cafés, gallery’s, coffee shops and hotels offering visitors a uniquely Australian experience.  Kyogle is an Aboriginal word meaning “plains turkey’s egg”, a reference to the Scrub Turkey which is indigenous to the region.

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New Italy

Located on the Pacific Highway just 12 km south of Woodburn is the New Italy Museum Complex, a unique tourist attraction. The Museum was developed as a tribute to the courage and strength of the pioneering emigrants from Veneto in Northern Italy who survived a disastrous voyage to Australia and, defying the odds, created a Garden of Eden from a parcel of sterile forest.  The Italian Pavilion tells the story of 200 years of Italian immigration and its impact on the development of this nation.

Today’s Italian community still holds strong ties to the area, commemorating and celebrating the settlement of previous generations through regular festivities and in the cultural centre and museum that is housed at the site right on the Pacific Highway.  Take yourself in to another world and treat yourself to a rest from driving. You can tempt your taste buds with the culinary delights on offer in the cafe, or a delicious coffee to brighten you up and discover the Italian story.

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Woodburn is a delightful and peaceful town situated next to the Richmond River. The town is well known to regular travellers on the Pacific Highway as a junction town, with roads leading from Woodburn to Evans Head, Broadwater and Ballina to the east, Coraki and Casino to the west and Lismore and Alstonville to the north.

The river has always been an important part of life in Woodburn. It is an excellent focal point for recreational water sport activities including rowing, sailing, swimming, fishing and water skiing.  The riverside beach, park and picnic facilities established by the Apex Club, provide the perfect spot to relax for an hour or a day while the nearby Bundjalung and Broadwater National Parks are just a short drive away.

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