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Longitude: 153.520024 Latitude: -28.425469
Located on the western flank of the Pacific Highway, some 350 m north of the Pottsville Road Intersection, the Rest Area at Sleepy Hollow in New South Wales provides ample parking for cars, caravans, trailers and motorhomes; as well as a separate section for longer term truck parking. For larger rigs, an easy: drive-in – parallel park – drive-out scenario is provided.
The Rest Area is beautifully landscaped and maintained, nestled amidst mature trees providing ample shelter.
The information signage at the Rest Area bestows some interesting historical information:
” . . . You are now standing in a area that 20 million years ago was a huge shield volcano stretching from Byron Bay to Nerang on the Gold Coast and out to sea. Over time, the volcano became extinct and washed away the lava that left a large volcanic plug, “Mt Warning” and a beautiful valley and mountains covered in lush, dense subtropical rainforest . . . “
Source: Excerpt – Information Signage – Rest Area – Sleepy Hollow, NSW
A Volcanic Plug can be defined as a rocky outcrop resulting from the exposure of a lava conduit of an extinct volcano, due to the erosion of the surrounding landscape. The solidified lava is extremely durable and erosion resistant.
The ‘Tweed Volcano’ was once almost twice the height of Mount Warning today (1,156 m) – estimated at some 1,900 m above sea level. It erupted some 23 million years ago and as the mountain’s central vent cooled it shrank, forming a depression at the top, that has eroded away in the years since. The beautiful volcanic soils bestow the magnificent fertile soils we enjoy today.
Mt Warning lies some 20 km inland from the Rest Area and was first named by Captain James Cook on the 16th May 1770, during his first voyage around the world:
” . . . At daylight we were surprised by finding ourselves farther to the Southward than we were in the evening, and yet it had blown strong all night Southerly. We now saw the breakers again within us, which we passed at the distance of about 1 League; they lay in the Latitude of 28 degrees 8 minutes South, and stretch off East 2 Leagues from a point under which is a small island; their situation may always be found by the peaked mountain before mentioned, which bears South-West by West from them, and on their account I have named it Mount Warning. It lies 7 or 8 Leagues inland in the Latitude of 28 degrees 22 minutes South. The land is high and hilly about it, but it is Conspicuous enough to be distinguished from everything else . . . “
Source: Excerpt – Captain Cook’s Journal during his First Voyage round the World made in H.M. Bark “Endeavour” 1768-71 . . . – published 1893
Amenities provided at the Rest Area include sheltered picnic tables, public toilets, interesting information signage, a fenced playground for the children, and rubbish bins – all situate within large lawn areas . . .
– Located some 2.2 km north of the Richmond River Bridge – obtain Directions here
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- Bathroom Amenities:
- Public Toilets
- Mobile Data 3G - 4G
- Mobile Reception
Parking & Transfers:
- Picnic Tables
- Rubbish Bins
- Off Street Parking
- Big Rig Access
- Sealed Road