Along with most of the rest of Australia, we’ve never been to Mallanganee. Or at least not the actual township.
The Bruxner highway, linking the New England Ranges Region with the Northern Rivers Region through the Richmond Range bypasses Mallanganee nestled in the valley below. And, as we’re generally en route to either the coast or the New England ranges, we’ve yet to be lured off the highway.
However, Mallanganee’s attractions aren’t limited to the town.
Pull off the highway at the top of the range for a view encompassing what appears to be most of New South Wales! But be warned – the dirt track to the lookout, picnic area AND … wait for it … public toilet (!!) is on private property, and isn’t really suitable for caravans.
On our first visit to the Mallanganee lookout many years ago, happy, carefree and towing our new camper trailer, we didn’t think about a) the rough track, or b) trailer turnaround point. And once on the narrow track, there was no turning back! BUT while it ended happily, we vowed never again when towing – too steep, rough and difficult to negotiate!
But in April 2011, for the first time in many years we were finally returning to Mallanganee – without the camper trailer in tow!! Woo Hoo!! Time to check and see if the view AND amenities were as we remembered.
As gateway to the Kyogle rainforest region, Mallanganee overlooks some pretty spectacular mountain ranges, forests – and even Mt Warning (yes, I’ve climbed it), which is of course, the point first reached on mainland Australia by the rising suns rays!!
And of course, all this can be admired from the amenities – if you brave the redbacks, geckos and lizards, that is!! Once Pilchard had broken this happy news, I decided to cross my legs and carry on …
But wildlife or no, this little known retreat far above the hustle and bustle of the heavy traffic on the highway is SO worth the marvellous view bridging the gap between mountain and coastal regions. After all, the conveniences aren’t the only reason to visit a place now, are they?
And with any luck, it won’t be another 12 years before we admire that view again!!