Mallanganee - Northern Rivers - New South Wales
Situated 40 kms West of Casino, just off the Bruxner Highway, Mallanganee is one of the Kyogle Shire's rainforest gateways. One and a half hour's drive from Ballina, and 1 hour from Lismore, the village is set just below the Richmond Range.
Views from the Mallanganee Lookout are spectacular, with Mt Warning visible on the eastern horizon. There are rainforests and flora reserves close by, with the Mallanganee National Park itself being a very rare example of a dry land rainforest.
Mallanganee was settled in the 1880s and by the 1920s was a thriving logging and sawmilling town, supplying mainly Hoop Pine (Auraucaria Cunninghamii) for various markets. The village name itself is aboriginal, meaning "Place of Tall Pines". The area was once thickly covered with these elegant, pre-historic trees, but now there are very few left.
Today, the village is a peaceful haven, well away from crowds and traffic.
A perfect spot for a picnic in the beautiful Everson Park, a coffee and snack at the Moon River Cafe, a quiet drink at the local pub or ice cream and drink at the General Store, Mallanganee is a step back in time to when life was simple and uncomplicated.
The Mallanganee Hotel has accommodation comprising 4 motel-style rooms for your overnight stay in the area.
Additionally there is B & B and farmstay accommodation in the surrounding area.
The Bruxner Highway bypasses the village, hence the absence of traffic noise, with quite often the singing of the many native birds that inhabit the village being the only sounds to be heard.
Kangaroos and Koalas frequently visit the village and Mallanganee is considered to be a core Koala habitat, with mothers and their young a familiar sight at certain times of the year.
Within a short drive are the villages of Bonalbo, Tabulam and Drake, all interestingly different to each other. Tabulam features the longest single-span wooden bridge in the Southern Hemisphere; Drake has many old gold-mining areas and the spectacular Rocky River, with pockets of rainforest. Bonalbo is more of a commercial centre for the other villages and is not far from Urbanville, Woodenbong, Yabbra State Forest and Tooloom Falls. The General Store is also a Tourist Information Centre and can supply the visitor with local maps and brochures for tourist drives.
Visitors to the area are seldom disappointed with the uniqueness and tranquil beauty that they find and we invite you to browse this site and discover the many features of Mallanganee.