Boonoo Boonoo National Park
Just 22km north of Tenterfield Boonoo Boonoo National Park offers a great variety of scenic, natural and historic attractions for visitors.
The Boonoo Boonoo River is one of the park's most spectacular features winding its way through high granite country, strewn with boulders and covered by open forest.
Riverside vegetation includes banksias, melaleucas, grevillia, callitris, leptospermum and callistemon. The landscape along the river includes bare, smooth stretches of granite, dotted with tea tree, large pools with sandy banks lined with cypress pine, massive boulder-strewn stretches and secluded rocky pools.
A majestic dark pool is the final attraction before the river slides over the falls. The viewing platform gives a breathtaking view of the falls as they roar into the gorge 210 meters below. A gully of rainforest bathes in the moisture at the base of the falls.
The park is reached by taking a gravel road which leaves the Woodenbong Road 22km north of Tenterfield. The park entrance is 4km from the Woodenbong Road and it is a further 9km to Boonoo Boonoo Falls.
Camping and picnic areas are provided at Boonoo Boonoo Falls and bush camping is allowed. Caravan, camping, hotel and motel accommodation are available in Tenterfield.
Due to the diversity of habitats a variety of animals occur, such as the Grey Kangaroo, Wallaroo, Red-necked, Swamp and Pretty faced Wallabies. On the track to the bottom of the Falls, the endangered Brush tailed Rock Wallaby has been sighted.
During the spring months the variety of wildflowers and attendant wildlife will reward and most discerning field naturalist, even on the road that traverses the park. The open forest, heath, swamp and river environments are easily accessible to the visitor.
The area attracts nature lovers, rock hoppers and walkers.
National Parks and Wildlife Code
The preservation and protection of our natural areas depends on the co-operation of all who visit and enjoy our National Parks and Nature Reserves. Here are a few simple rules that everyone is asked to observe:
>> Wildlife can destroy lives and property so be careful, especially during bush fire danger periods. Use only safe fireplaces and do not light (or use any form of) fire during total fire ban periods.
>> Keep the areas you use tidy - place rubbish in the bins provided or take it away with you.
>> Leave firearms at home.
>> Leave your pets at home - they can disturb and kill native animals and are often a nuisance to other visitors. In particular dogs are not permitted in >> National Parks throughout Australia.
>> Do not disturb plants, animals and rocks. Rocks are important shelter for some animals and plants.
There is evidence of gold mining which took place during the 19th century in one of the tributaries of the Boonoo Boonoo River, at Morgan's Gully, where the remains of sluicing and old machinery can be seen. The road to the Boonoo Boonoo Falls, and the path down from the Falls Lookout are associated with Banjo Paterson's courtship and marriage.