The Rainforest Way is more than just a way to the rainforests. It is a ‘way’ of experiencing the region – a way of life, a way of seeing and a way of doing things. It can be an alternate scenic route to the Pacific Highway or it can be a time-out to touch the earth, smell the rainforests and connect with something real.
With the ancient volcanic caldera of Wollumbin (Mt Warning) National Park at its centre, the main drive of The Rainforest Way leads you through the heart of Australia’s Green Cauldron, linking the towns and villages of Casino, Kyogle, Rathdowney, Beaudesert, Gold Coast, Tamborine Mountain, Murwillumbah, Nimbin, Lismore and Byron Bay.
Then there are the numerous art galleries, cafes and wineries, fresh local produce crafted into tantalising delicacies, as well as alternative lifestyle communities where you can spend hours exploring all these hidden cultural wonders and getting back to nature.
Don’t forget daylight savings from October to April each year. NSW participates but Queensland does not. Remember that crossing the border during this time of the year may mean adjusting your clocks by one hour.
Australia’s World Heritage places include the Sydney Opera House, Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park and the Great Barrier Reef. In this cross-border region, the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia – Shield Volcano Group, which were listed in 1986, include the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world, large areas of warm temperate rainforest and nearly all of the Antarctic beech cool temperate rainforest. Few places on earth contain so many plants and animals which remain relatively unchanged from their ancestors in the fossil record.