Border Ranges National Park
Border Ranges National Park forms part of the caldera of the Mount Warning shield volcano – the largest caldera in the southern hemisphere. Recommended stops are the Tweed Valley, The Pinnacle, Blackbutt, and Bar Mountain Lookouts; Palm Forest Walk, Brushbox Falls, and Red Cedar Loop located in the Sheepstation Creek campsite area.
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Byron Bay, the most eastern point on Australia’s mainland
Byron Bay, about 4 hours south of Brisbane, is Australia’s most easterly point. A lighthouse guards the entrance to the bay. The actual most eastern point is the tiny strip of land which darts out from the bay (photo – bottom left) and marked at the end of the path (photo – bottom right).
During the month of October people from all over gather to watch whales. Dolphins can be seen swimming among the waves just about all year long.
Mount Warning National Park
Mount Warning is the central core of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest extinct shield volcano. The towering, cone-shaped peak of Mount Warning and its two “shoulders” have become the trademark of the Tweed Valley as the mountain dominates the landscape.
It is the first place on Australia’s mainland to be touched by the morning sun during the winter months. The reward for climbing to the summit (1157m) is a 360° panorama of the enormous eroded bowl of the caldera landform and rim.
Sydney’s Tower is the tallest building in Sydney, the second tallest in Australia, and the second tallest in the southern hemisphere. The elevators will take you to the top in 40 seconds for a 360-degree view of the city and up to 55km’s in any direction.
The tower is stabilized by 56 cables weighing 7 tons each. If laid end to end they would reach from Sydney to New Zealand. A 162,000 liter water tank at the top of the turret acts as an enormous stabilizer. Enjoy the views!