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Boulder Lodge is surrounded by a rugged and scenic landscape of forests.. The National Parks and the surrounding bush is rich in wildlife. The granite outcrops are ideal for sightseeing, bushwalking, swimming, camping and picnics. Well worth a visit any time of the year! Access to any of the National Parks can be as little as a 10 minutes drive away. All detail information and maps can be found here.
The name Boonoo Boonoo is derived from the Aboriginal phrase meaning “poor country with no animals to provide food“.. Boonoo Boonoo is a National Park with spectacular river and gorge scenery complementing nearby Bald Rock National Park. The spectacular Boonoo Boonoo Falls cascade over the eastern edge of the New England Tablelands, crashing 210 metres into the rainforest and gorges below. The viewing platform is only a five minute walk down a graded walking track from the parking area and can be accessed by all ages.
From the viewing platform there are impressive views of the falls, sheer granite cliffs and the gorge. Swimming holes are dramatic and beautiful and follow the road into the falls, with a cluster of holes at the top of the falls. This park has special appeal to bush walkers and day visitors and hosts a rest area with amenities at the top of the falls. In the south western section of the Park is historic Morgan’s Gully where an alluvial goldfield attracted hundreds of miners in the 1890’s, and Cypress Rest Area another popular place for camping, bush walking, and summer swimming. “Tenterfield Shire Council”
Bald Rock National Park is a national park in northern New South Wales, just north of Tenterfield on the Queensland border. There is Bald Rock campground which offers an excellent weekend bush camping for visitors. The Rock can be climbed in two ways. “Straight up” or a rather slower but easier walk around the side. The view from the top is impressive and an experience to tick off your “bucket list”. The border passes over the rock on the Western side. On the other side of the border national park continues as the Girraween National Park. The park is named after its most prominent feature, Bald Rock, which is a large granite outcrop rising about 200 metres above the surrounding landscape. Measuring about 750 metres long and 500 metres wide this is the largest granite monolith in Australia
Girraween – meaning ‘Place of Flowers‘ is a landscape of massive granite outcrops, precariously balanced boulders, dramatic landscapes and spectacular wildflower displays during Spring.
The film by Selmes Films was captured over 2 days in June 2013 at three of the most popular landmarks, the Pyramid, the Granite Arch and Bald Rock Creek. Music ‘The Time To Run Finale’ isby Dexter Britan.
Surrounded by massive granite boulders that tower above forests and heaths, Girraween’s spectacular wildflower displays in spring draw campers from all over the country. Girraween National Park is a park of massive granite outcrops, balancing boulders and clear tumbling cascades. Golden wattles, yellow, red and purple pea flowers, dainty orchids and flannel flowers grow amid forests of red-gum, stringy bark and black butt. Brilliant turquoise parrots, yellow-tufted honey eaters and superb blue wrens splash the granite-strewn countryside with colour, while red-necked wallabies, brush-tailed possums and spiny echidnas weave their way through the wonders of the woodland.
There are 17kms of walking tracks within Girraween ranging from a 1.4km return walk to the Granite Arch to a 10.4km return walk to Mount Norman. Most walks start near the visitor information centre and picnic area.
Basket Swamp National Park is an undeveloped woodland park that adjoins Boonoo Boonoo State Forest which has picnic and bush camping facilities. Basket Swamp National Park is a water logged 200 hectares of heaths and sedges which are very important to people and wildlife as they cleans, stores and slowly releases water throughout the year into local creeks, and eventually the coastal Clarence River system. The Park includes Timbarra Lookout and gives access to nearby Basket Swamp Falls and the Woollool Woolloolni Aboriginal area. “Tenterfield Shire Council”
Boulder Lodge is on the edge of the New England Tableland, close to the border of NSW and QLD. While the large rocky outcrops and granite tors offer one of the most exciting characteristic landscape through out the area the place is a good admixture of dry eucalypt forests, grassy woodlands and rainforests that support a wide range of significant habitats including grey kangaroos, red-necked wallabies and swamp wallabies, possums and gliders. In late July, golden wattle trees bloom and in spring, boronia, banksia, grevillea and a profusion of other wildflowers brighten the woodlands of this granite country.
According to the New England National Parks, more than 100 species of birds have been recorded. Especially glossy black cockatoos, yellow-tailed black cockatoo, bright coloured eastern and crimson rosellas, brilliant satin bowerbirds, grey fantails, yellow tailed thornbills, the colourful superb blue wren, eastern robin, New Holland honeyeater and the king of mimics, the lyre birds are commonly seen and heard. From the deck at the lodge, lyrebirds are generally heard mimicking all the other birds in the bush and family of black cockatoos screech around at tree top level.
The area was largely inhabited by Jukembal (Yukambul) people, Aboriginal Community with their territory straddling the Great Dividing Range from near Glen Innes to Stanthorpe. The Jukembal Aborigines reputedly called the area “Moombillen’, meaning ‘place of wild honey’. Since colonial settlement in early 1800, the area has been mined and farmed.
Bluff Rock is significant to the local people of the Tenterfield area as this place is where the first conflict between first settlers & a local Aboriginal group believed to be either the Jukembal or Ngarabal people had occurred in the early 1840’s. There are conflicting records of the 1844 massacre, but it is said that a shepherd named Robinson was murdered by Aborigines on the Irby Station at Bolivia. The Aborigines fled to the rock, chased by a group of four white men who caught them and threw them from the top, killing most of the tribe and injuring the remainder. The various ways in which we understand and tell history as well as the multiple variations on the ‘truth’ of an event are explored in brilliant detail in Katrina M Schlunke’s book Bluff Rock: Autobiography of a Massacre. “Tenterfield Shire Council”
Between Boulder Lodge and Tenterfield is Thunderbolt’s Hideout. Frederick Ward, better known as “Captain Thunderbolt” (1836-1870), was well known throughout the Tenterfield district. There are many caves and hideouts in the New England area, but few are as easy to visit as the one in Tenterfield. (Thunderbolt’s Hideout is 12km from Tenterfield, and is an easy walk, about 300m from the main road. He used the large area between the rocks to stable his horses and the small shelter under the large rock as a place to camp. The top of the rock made an ideal lookout, as this was the main road to Warwick during the gold-mining days). How to Get There Travel north on the New England Highway from the Visitors Information Centre for 1km and turn right onto the Mt Lindesay Road. Leave your vehicle at the “Thunderbolt’s Hideout” sign and follow the track to the hideout, about 300m from the road. He used that large area Captain Thunderbolt Thunderbolt began his bushranging career by escaing from the notorious Cockatoo Island Prison in Sydney Harbor. He was serving a sentence for horse stealing, a very serious offence in those days. The tales of his exploits are many and become more controversial with time. His daring and defiance of the troopers eventually caused his downfall at Uralla. For more information on Captain Thunderbolt, visit the History Page. “Tenterfield Tourism“
WWII Tank Traps
The WII Tank Traps are a lasting reminder of the government’s preparation against an invasion in the north by the Japanese. The Tank Traps are between Boulder Lodge and Tenterfield on the Mt Lindesay Road. The World War II Tank Traps were believed at the time to be part of the ‘Brisbane Line’. The site of Thunderbolt’s Gully was chosen as the area either side could not be easily bypassed. The three rows of wooden posts (1500mm in the ground – 900mm out) were to force the tanks to rise up, exposing their soft underbelly. The rockfall further from these posts was from rock blasted from higher up to make the passage more difficult. Drill holes can be seen in this fallen rock. The area, a forced funnelling of the Japanese expeditionary force, was a trap that would put them at a disadvantage, whilst well dug-in forces could hold them for some time. Detail click here
Boonoo Boonoo Town/Falls
Following the settlement of the Tenterfield area in the 1840s, the Woodenbong Road, then known as the Mount Lindesay Highway, was the main link between Sydney and Brisbane. The area was soon recognised for its suitability for bush grazing and several large holdings were established. Gold was discovered in the late nineteenth century in Morgans Gully and Ropers Gully, and the village of Boonoo Boonoo flourished as a result. The village was abandoned long ago, but its remains can still be seen on the eastern side of the Woodenbong Road near Resurrection Creek.
Morgans Gully is an old gold mining site with an interesting history. You’ll find it just off the park access road about 1 kilometre from the park entrance. Gold was first discovered in the 1880s and attracted many European and Asian miners. The site yielded little gold and by 1905 mining had ceased, but fossicking continued intermittently until 1912. Relics of the mining era still remain and two steel pressure cylinders associated with the gold extraction process can be seen between Morgans Gully and the park access road. Morgans Gully is beside the Boonoo Boonoo River and is also an attractive natural area where wildflowers abound in spring.
Boonoo Boonoo Falls
Boonoo Boonoo (pronounced bunna-bunoo) viewing platform that overlooks the fabulous Boonoo Boonoo Falls is a famous for the ultimate romantic setting, especially after a good rainfall. The legend started when Banjo Patterson proposed to his sweetheart, Alice Walker, over the sound of the pounding waterfall, Banjo was relieved to hear, or at least lip-read, an unmistakable ‘yes’. Banjo married her in 1903 at St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church in Tenterfield.
The pyramid came about because of a chance remark by local Peter Watters to the owner of the property, Stuart Moreland. Peter said “What are we going to do with all these rocks?” Stuart replied “Build a pyramid!” ….And so he had one built with the rocks, 30metres square at the base and 17.5metres high and contains 7500 tonnes of rock. It was built by using an excavator and dump truck, and took 8 months to build. The pyramid is on private property but can be viewed from Jacobson Road, Ballandean.
Boonoo Boonoo National Park
Bald Rock national Park
Basket Swamp National Park
Girraween National Park
Boulder Lodge Price
- $450/1 Family, 2nights (up to 3 children)
- $600/2 Couples, 2nights
- $700/2 Families, 2nights