Kyogle is a popular, yet quiet and attractive country town ideally located at the base of Fairymount on the upper reaches of the Richmond River and as the "Gateway to the Rainforests" provides a good base for exploring the spectacular surrounding National Parks.
The name Kyogle comes from the aboriginal word 'Kaiou-gal', meaning place of the plain turkey, which is a fast, long-legged running bird. However Kyogle is best known for its prize-winning dairy cows and lush farming land, indeed it was the site of the first commercial dairy of the Richmond Valley.
Kyogle's modern history began back in the 1840's when Captain Glennie moved onto Dairy Flat with a big herd of Devon cows. From there he would saddle up pack horses to supply butter, cheese and bacon to the Tooloom diggings nearby. By the 1860's the area was being used primarily as a prime source of both red cedar and hoop pine wood. By 1901 the township of Kyogle had been surveyed and the first blocks of land were sold at auction at Casino. Just four years later in 1905, the hardworking pioneers had established the first commercial butter co-operative, which later amalgamated with Norco. In 1910 the railway came to Kyogle and enabled the town to send out trainloads of timber, pumpkins, corn and other farm produce.
With tourism increasingly important to the region, the many natural heritage areas (such as the Border Ranges National Park), scenic drives, lookouts, picnic areas, campsite and interesting villages are ideal for country drives. In addition, Toonumbar Dam is located near Kyogle and is a fantastic destination for bass fishing.
By road: Kyogle is approximately 33 kms north of Casino and can be accessed by the Summerland Way and is approximately 44 kms north west of Lismore via the Bentley Road. Kyogle is approximately 100kms south west of the Gold Coast.
By rail: Kyogle has a station on the Countrylink XPT main line from Brisbane to Sydney, and has one train a day arriving from Brisbane and one from Sydney. By rail Kyogle is around 2.5 hours journey time from Brisbane, and just under 12.5 hours journey time from Sydney.
Kyogle has a number of local schools the largest of which are: Kyogle Primary School, St Brigid's Primary School, and Kyogle High School. There are also a number of smaller schools nearby at Afterlee, Doubtful Creek and Wiangaree.