Holiday Extra looks at Kyogle



CHANGE does not happen quickly in Kyogle, and that seems to be the way the locals like it.

Even recent plans to beautify the town's main street met with some opposition from people who like the place just the way it is.

A stroll down Kyogle's main street reveals little evidence of the alternative cultures that have changed the face of places like Nimbin.

Kyogle is more of a traditional rural town, where you are more likely to get tea and scones than a latte and friands.

The name 'Kyogle' is said to come from the Bundjalung word 'kaiougal', meaning the place of the bush turkey.

Farmers settled there in the 1840s and 1850s, but by the 1860s the cedar loggers were cutting their way through the region's lush rainforest.

Timber remains the town's biggest industry to this day, but dairy and beef farming are also a big part of the local economy.

Kyogle is referred to today as the 'Gateway to the Rainforests', as it is surrounded by the Macpherson, Tweed and Richmond mountain ranges to the north, east and west, which are part of the largest remaining areas of rainforest in NSW.

The town is close to the Border Ranges National Park, the Mount Warning National Park and the Toonumbah National Park.

While Kyogle is a gateway to these beautiful natural wonderlands, there is also plenty to see and do in town.

Take a stroll through the Kyogle Botanical Gardens, on the banks of Fawcetts Creek, or see the town and surrounding countryside from Captain Cook Memorial Lookout on the top of Fairymount.



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