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Whian Whian mountain biking trails

North Coast

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Overview

Suitable for bushwalkers, cyclists and horseriders, Whian Whian mountain biking trails near Byron Bay offer stunning views of waterfalls and rainforest.

Where
Whian Whian State Conservation Area, Nightcap National Park in North Coast
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
46km of trails
Time suggested
1 to 5 hr
Grade
Medium. There are 6 trails to choose from and each trail has a different length and difficulty level. Some have steep uphill sections.
What to
bring
Drinking water, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing, clothes for all weather conditions, raincoat, hat, helmet, bike repair kit, snacks, first aid kit, sunscreen, topographic map, compass, gps, personal locator beacon
Please note
  • This is a multi-use trail network so some trails are shared by horse riders, bushwalkers and cyclists.
  • There are 6 trails and each one ranges from 4km up to 19km. There’s a trail map sign installed at Telephone Road trailer carpark.
  • Advanced riders can choose to return from Rocky Creek back to Rummery Park campground via Nightcap Range Road. Allow an extra 1.5 hours and take care as cars share this road.
  • Bookings are required for camping at Rummery Park campground
  • Cooler autumn and winter months are best for long rides. The waterfalls are most spectacular in summer and autumn.

This 46km network of dirt roads, fire trails and paths passes through the dense rainforests of Whian Whian State Conservation Area and Nightcap National Park in the Byron Bay hinterland. Cycle, horse ride or walk the gently undulating terrain with ancient kauri, bunya and hoop pines towering above you.

With 6 trails to choose from, there’s something for all ages and experience levels. Families will enjoy the shorter 1 to 2hr loops starting from Telephone Road carpark. Cycle along Baldwin Road and be sure to take the short detour to check out beautiful Quondong Falls.

From Rummery Park campground try the 1.5hr loop starting on Eastern Boundary Trail. It has steep sections but rewards you with views of Minyon Falls. Take care because cars share the Minyon Drive section.

Advanced riders can tackle the 4 to 5 hour one-way trail from Rummery Park campground. Head up Peates Mountain Road and enjoy spectacular cliff top views of Wanganui Gorge and the waterfall at Goonengerry Escarpment. You’ll ride the park’s highest track before descending to Rocky Creek Dam for pickup.

Base yourself at Rummery Park campground if you’re keen for more riding and walking adventures in these neighbouring parks.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Camping:

Rummery Park campground

Base yourself at Rummery Park campground to enjoy the many walking, biking and horse riding trails in Whian Whian State Conservation area and Nightcap National Park.

Rummery Park Camping Area, Whian Whian State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer © OEH

Things to do:

Boggy Creek walk

Boggy Creek walk in Whian Whian State Conservation Area takes you through blackbutt forest and along the beautiful Boggy Creek to Minyon Falls. You can swim in the inviting pools along the creek.

Boggy Creek Walk, Whian Whian State Conservation Area. Photo: OEH/Matthew Graham