Whian Whian mountain biking trails

Whian Whian State Conservation Area

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Overview

Ride past waterfalls and subtropical rainforest teeming with native plants and animals on Whian Whian mountain biking trails, near Byron Bay and Lismore.

Where
Whian Whian State Conservation Area
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
46km of trails
Time suggested
1 to 5 hr
Grade
Medium. There are 6 bike trails to choose from and each trail has a different length and difficulty level. Some have steep uphill sections.
What to
bring
Drinking water, helmet, bike repair kit, first aid kit, topographic map, compass, gps, personal locator beacon, clothes for all weather conditions
Please note
  • This is a multi-use trail network so some trails are shared by horse riders and bushwalkers
  • 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 mountain bikers 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 cycling and walking adventures in these neighbouring parks.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/cycling-trails/whian-whian-mountain-biking-trails/local-alerts

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Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Whian Whian mountain biking trails.

Getting there and parking

Whian Whian mountain biking trails are in the eastern area of Whian Whian State Conservation Area and Nightcap National Park. To get there:

From the eastern park entrance (via Rosebank):

  • Take Minyon Drive and continue past Minyon Falls picnic area and over the causeway
  • Turn right on Peates Mountain Road and continue to Rummery Park campground carpark

From the southern park entrance on Nightcap Range Road (via Dunoon):

  • On Dunoon Road continue north up Nightcap Range Road to the top of the range
  • Park at Telephone Road trailer parking

Cycling trail access

  • 2 of the trails start from Telephone Road trailer parking
  • The other 4 trails start from Rummery Park campground carpark

Road quality

  • Mixture of sealed and unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at:

  • Telephone Road trailer parking (corner of Nightcap Range Road)
  • Rummery Park campground
  • Minyon Falls lookout
  • Minyon Grass picnic area
  • Rocky Creek Dam (outside the park)

Facilities

  • Non-flush toilets are located at Rummery Park campground, Minyon Grass and Minyon Falls picnic areas.
  • Picnic tables are located at Minyon Grass and Minyon Falls picnic areas

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

Cycling safety

Hundreds of cyclists head to our national parks for fun and adventure. If you're riding your bike through a national park, read these mountain biking and cycling safety tips.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Permitted

Bushwalking is permitted on this multiuse trail network.

Drones

You can use a drone only if you have approval from the NSW National Parks area office. But you can’t use a drone at Rummery Park campground or areas with visitors.

Horses

Horse riding is permitted on this multiuse trail network.

Prohibited

Fishing

Gathering firewood

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dogs and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Whian Whian mountain biking trails is in Whian Whian State Conservation Area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

4,000 years of Aboriginal culture

 A still creek, Whian Whian State Conservation Area. Photo: OEH

The conservation area is located within the traditional lands of the Widjabal clan of the Bundjalung Nation. Evidence from recorded sites suggests Aboriginal use of the Nightcap Range for at least the last 4,000 years. The area has intrinsic cultural values to the Widjabal People and the land has significant connections with other recorded sites in the adjacent Nightcap National Park.

Historic heritage of timber-getters

Rummery Creek, Whian Whian State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer

Lured by the opportunity of employment in difficult times, timber-getters began logging in the Whian Whian area in the 1830s for red cedar, a particularly sought after timber. In 1871, surveyors identified a track over Nightcap Range to link Lismore with Murwillumbah. This allowed cedar-getters access to previously isolated expanses of forest. The Rummery Park campground was originally a forestry camp, and its use dates back to the 1930s. The inter-war period was the most active period for forestry use of the campground. Peates Mountain Road (now part of the Nightcap track) was built during the depression of the 1920s and 1930s. Sleeper-cutters who claimed timber unsuitable for milling, camped nearby on the other side of Boggy Creek at Rummery Park.

  • Historic Nightcap walking track Historic Nightcap walking track leads through World Heritage-listed rainforest, offering scenic views across Nightcap National Park and Whian Whian State Conservation Area, near Byron Bay.

Plant life galore

Waterfall, Whian Whian National Park. Photo: John Spencer

An astounding 520 plant species have been recorded here – making it an incredibly diverse place when it comes to vegetation. There are 10 broad ecosystems, including subtropical and warm temperate rainforests and various types of wet sclerophyll forest.

  • 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.
  • Historic Nightcap walking track Historic Nightcap walking track leads through World Heritage-listed rainforest, offering scenic views across Nightcap National Park and Whian Whian State Conservation Area, near Byron Bay.

Walk with the animals

 Stag horn (Platycerium bifurcatum), Whian Whian State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer

There’s also an incredible variety of native animal species thriving in these rainforests – over 270 native species, around 50 of which are listed as threatened, including the spotted tailed quoll. Koalas and Albert’s lyrebird, with its distinctive calls and mimicking echoes, can often be heard through the forest in the cooler months.

World heritage worthy

Prospector Falls walking track, Whian Whian State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer

The conservation area has similar vegetation and natural heritage values as those found in the adjoining Nightcap National Park, one of the 50 reserves in northeast NSW and southeast Queensland that make up World Heritage Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves Australia.

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