An intimate journey along the scenic Lions Road

The Lions Road is a privately built road connecting Beaudesert with Kyogle, following a scenic route through rainforests, rivers and mountains of the McPherson Ranges along the Queensland and New South Wales border.

What’s it like to travel the Lions Road?

Get up close and personal to creek crossings, rainforest walks and top for breathtaking scenic lookouts through the Border Ranges.

While travelling, stop to see the incredible border spiral loop on the interstate railway line  –  an impressive engineering feet. Allowing trains to rapidly climb elevation in order to cross the range, the loops, curves and shorter tunnels were more cost effective than building a much longer and more expensive tunnel.

The road is narrow in parts and is not suitable for larger, heavier vehicles. Instead of our larger luxury coach, we are taking our mini-bus, along with a trailer, meaning you’ll have a more intimate experience of the beautiful scenery in a small group tour.

Lions Road tour

Why was the road built?

After the NSW government decided not to build the road connecting the Northern Rivers of NSW with Brisbane via Richmond Gap, the community took matters into their own hands.

Opened in 1970, the road was a project of the Kyogle and Beaudesert Lions Clubs, who received incredible support from the local communities and businesses in the form of funding, materials, construction and expertise.

The road has been continually improved through the support of the local border town shires, NSW, QLD and Federal governments, the Australian Army, Parks and Wildlife and other organisations who have contributed to the road.

Lions road scenery

Tour highlights

Our three day tour departing from Brisbane spends the first day traversing the beautiful Lions Road, crossing the state border and continuing to Lismore where we unpack for two nights at the Karinga Motel.

On day two, we get lost in the enormous Lismore markets, tapping into the creative and alternative arts, antiques, bric-a-brac and fresh produce of the Northern NSW region.

In Ballina, enjoy a Devonshire tea at heritage listed Ballina Manor and visit the Maritime Museum.

On day three, enjoy morning tea at Macadamia Castle before continuing on to the most easterly point of Australia, the Cape Byron Lighthouse.

Continue via the coastal route back to Brisbane, via Kingscliff Beach for lunch, then Pottsville, Hastings Point, Cabarita Beach and Tweed Heads.

An unforgettable, intimate journey, close to nature.

We have two departures in 2018, 3 November and 1 December. Find out more here.

Lions Road view Cape Byron Lighthouse Devonshire tea at Ballina Manor

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