The Pinnacle is an outstretch of rock into the caldera of the ancient Tweed Volcano in the Border Ranges National Park
Jutting out from the edge of the caldera, The Pinnacle provides what has to be the best views from the Border Ranges. Sitting around 1,000 metres above the Tweed Valley, the views are out across the caldera to Wollumbin (Mt Warning) and beyond, as well as back towards the edge of the caldera.
To get to the lookout, a short grade 2 walk is required from the road, under 1km return walk. The walk is easy but it is uphill for much of it until you reach the edge of the caldera.
The walk goes through lush rainforest before it starts to open up as the edge of the caldera is approached. The views from the lookout is the main feature but there are things to look at on the way of the short walk.
One of my sons is fascinated by fungus, pointing them out on many of the walks we do. We found some small bright orange fungi growing on a fallen branch that paused our walk for a little while.
If you are only at the Border Ranges National Park for the day, you may want to pick a few of the spots to go as there is too much to see properly in one day. Make sure The Pinnacle makes the list, it has the best views that can’t be missed.
To get there:
From Kyogle or Murwillumbah, see the directions for Border Ranges National Park to get to Bar Mountain Picnic Area, or see
directions for Sheepstation Creek Campgrounds to come from the other end, including from Kyogle.
From Bar Mountain Picnic Area, turn left to head north on Tweed Range Scenic Dr and follow for about 10km. The track to The Pinnacle Lookout is on the right.
From Sheepstation Creek Campgrounds, head out of the campgrounds and turn left onto Forest Rd which becomes Tweed Range Scenic
If coming along the one-way Brindle Creek Rd, continue to the end and turn left onto Tweed Range Scenic Dr with the brown sign for The Pinnacle. Continue another 4.3km and the track to The Pinnacle Lookout is on the left.
Cost: Vehicle Permit or Pass
Wheelchair accessible: No