TRAVEL

A drive in the coun­try

Northern Rivers Style - - CONTENTS - SU­SANNA FREY­MARK

Within an hour’s drive of Casino there are fine vin­tage wares, panoramic views of moun­tains, tasty cof­fee in hid­den away cafes and you could be lucky enough to pat a bi­son.

Ex­plore the beauty of Rich­mond Val­ley sur­round­ing NSW’S Beef Cap­i­tal by start­ing in Casino with a strong cof­fee at cof­fee.com cafe, next to the Com­mer­cial Ho­tel.

Or on a warm day head into the his­toric pub for a cold beer. Plan your day trip while you en­joy the art deco build­ings in Casino.

The Casino Folk Mu­seum, op­po­site the po­lice sta­tion on Walker St, has in­for­ma­tion book­lets to guide you through the his­tor­i­cal walk.

Scenic drive

Head west out of Casino on Sex­tonville Rd to­wards Hog­a­rth Range and Mal­lan­ga­nee.

Travel through the lush dairy coun­try of Mum­mul­gum be­fore the Mal­lan­ga­nee Look­out on the left of the high­way.

From the look­out, you can view the plateau of rich vol­canic soil that sup­ports farms and or­chards.

His­toric pub

Head 20km south of Casino on the Sum­mer­land Way and you’ll find a turnoff on the right to the old Rap­pville Pub, known as The Rappy by lo­cals.

A tim­ber town, Rap­pville is a quiet vil­lage and the 1911 pub is the meet­ing place. Ev­ery night the XPT passes through on its Syd­ney to Casino route and cus­tomers wave from the top bal­cony of the re­stored pub.

Pat a bi­son

The de­light­fully named Myr­tle Creek is only 30km south of Casino on Sum­mer­land Way. Turn left on El­liots Rd and Aranyani Bi­son is 7km along on the right hand side.

Aranyani Bi­son Tourist Ad­ven­ture Park sits along 2.5km of Myr­tle Creek, which is a great spot to fish.

The park of­fers tipi-style camp­ing, archery, putt putt mini golf and, of course, bi­son.

The sur­round­ing Bun­gawal­bin coun­try is vast and wild and some­thing about the place makes you feel as if you have stepped back in time.

PHOTO: SU­SANNA FREY­MARK

The bridge that crosses the Clarence River at Tab­u­lam is one of the many sights that can be en­joyed on a day trip out of Casino.

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