Welcome to the Richmond Valley
No matter what your interests, you will soon discover the Richmond Valley is a special and diverse corner of this great country of ours. It offers a myriad of adventures, wonders and experiences provided through both natural phenomena and human intervention. Discover the long stretches of stunning, unspoilt beaches which hug the crystal waters of the Pacific Ocean, the rainforests and national parks which await your visit and the Upper Clarence region which will take you off the beaten track to another world.
From the coastal Bundjalung National Park to the lush rainforests of the Border Ranges National Park, adventurers looking for natural beauty will not be disappointed. A short drive west of Casino you’ll find Mallanganee National Park and moments away Richmond Range National Park. These national parks offer spectacular views over the ancient volcanic landscape of the Green Cauldron and Mt Warning. Explore Richmond Valley’s national parks by driving the Rainforest Way or walking along the many trails which enter this magnificent Gondwana Rainforest.
Arts and culture
The Richmond Valley is alive with an abundance of talented artists and craftspeople, with indigenous artists making a large portion of the circle. Established and emerging artists benefit greatly from the assistance of cooperatives operating within communities. Visit any gallery to appreciate paintings, textiles, artifacts and sculptures on display. Call in to a Richmond Valley gallery to enjoy our artists work firsthand.
Places of interest
Whether you want a nice spot for a lazy picnic or something a little bit more active, here are some outdoor spaces to explore:
• The Broadwater Lookout offers a high vantage point with uninterrupted views over a mosaic of heath land communities reaching to the Pacific Ocean;
• Cambridge Plateau scenic drive runs the length of the southern half of the Richmond Range National Park, providing ready access to rainforest scenery.
• Clarrie Kirkland Reserve located on the area of the Evans River known as Little River, with picnic facilities and a great area for safe, child-friendly swimming.
• Goanna Headland is a place of significance for local Aboriginal people. Access is via Chinaman’s Beach, Evans Head;
• Pikapene Plantation is a native hoop pine plantation surrounded by rainforest with a picnic area and camp ground with toilet facilities;
• Casino’s Platypus Pool where you can observe the platypus swimming or feeding in their natural environment. Fish, water fowl and ducks to be seen.
Whether you want to head for the hills or enjoy a traditional Australian beachside camping trip, the Richmond Valley will meet your outdoor leisure needs. From misty mountain rainforests to pristine coastal beaches, there are many spots where you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of camping under the stars.