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Night vision rainforest walks in Byron Bay

Nightcap National Park

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Overview

Discover elusive native animals at night as you strap on a pair of special goggles and venture out for a thrilling rainforest tour beneath the stars with the friendly guides of Vision Walks Eco Tours.

When
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Where
Nightcap National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Grade
Medium. The walk is along a fairly level surface.
Price
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Bookings
Bookings required. Book online or email or call Vision Walks Eco Tours on 0405 275 743.
Please note
Vision Walks Eco Tours also run daytime tours through stunning rainforest valleys at Minyon Falls. Tours include lunch and a waterfall swim.
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Many of Australia’s most fascinating animals are active at night and rarely seen. Vision Walks Eco Tours has found a way for you to watch these nocturnal creatures without disturbing them with light.

Let their knowledgeable guides fit you out with a pair of military-grade night vision goggles, then venture out for a captivating bushwalk beneath starry skies, a delicious cup of hot chocolate in hand. Pademelons, bandicoots, bats and tawny frogmouths are among the animals you may expect to see in Nightcap National Park and Victoria Park Nature Reserve, where these fascinating tours take place.

Vision Walks Eco Tours is a licensed commercial tour operator with a Parks Eco Pass.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Park info

  • in Nightcap National Park in the North Coast region
  • Nightcap National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather, fire danger or management operations.

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    Disability access level - no wheelchair access

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    Night vision rainforest walks in Byron Bay is in Nightcap National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Aboriginal heritage

    Rainforest creek flowing through Nightcap National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    Nightcap National Park is the traditional land of the Bundjalung People, in particular the Widjabul People who have inhabited the area for thousands of years. The park contains many ancient sites of cultural significance, including ceremonial and sacred sites that are still used by local Aboriginal people today. The creeks, plants, animals and landscape of the park feature in the stories, teachings and practices of Aboriginal people that continue to be passed on today.

    Ancient rainforest

    Minyon Falls, Nightcap National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    Nightcap National Park's rainforests are part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, the largest area of subtropical rainforest in the world. They are a living link to the environment of ancient Australia and give us insight into the environment of the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana. This lush and diverse conservation area protects a number of vulnerable and threatened species such as the rufous scrub bird, red goshawk, sooty and masked owls and regent bowerbirds. It is also home to the recently discovered nightcap oak, which can grow up to 40m high.

    Frogs galore

    Rainforest creek flowing through Nightcap National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    The rainforest creeks in Nightcap National Park are home to a number of threatened frogs, including Fleay's barred frog and the pouched frog. You might see Fleay's barred frogs hiding under leaf litter near streams or foraging for food on the rainforest floor, but you're more likely to hear their chorus, a distinctive 'arrrrrrk'. This rare frog feeds mainly on insects and invertebrates, so crickets, moths and beetles make a good meal. Keep your eyes open for this pale brown frog around Terania creek at the base of Protesters Falls.

    • Byron glow worms and hinterland forest experience Discover Byron Bay’s spiritual side and see glow worms and enchanting forest sights on this guided outing with Rise Up – Byron Conscious Tours. You'll delight your senses and relax your mind as you explore the wilderness in and around Nightcap National Park.
    • Goorgana walking track Goorgana walking track is ideal for experienced bushwalkers keen to tackle the challenging iconic peaks in Nightcap National Park.
    • Night vision rainforest walks in Byron Bay Discover elusive native animals at night as you strap on a pair of special goggles and venture out for a thrilling rainforest tour beneath the stars with the friendly guides of Vision Walks Eco Tours.
    • Terania Creek picnic area Terania Creek picnic area is a great place for a family picnic or barbecue. Close to the carpark, walking tracks and waterfalls, its home to birds and goannas.

    History buffs

    Goorgana walking track, Nightcap National Park

    Nightcap National Park contains a number of sites of historical interest, including a flying fox on the Googarna track. The flying fox was used to lower logs 500m down to the Kunghur mill during the 1940s and 1950s. The historic Nightcap track provided the first bridle track and telegraph line between the Richmond and Tweed valleys in the 1870s, and today you can explore this track on foot, camping overnight in the bush.

    Plants and animals you may see

    Animals

    • Satin bowerbird. Photo: Ken Stepnell

      Satin bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)

      With vibrant blue-violet eyes and curious antics, the satin bowerbird is a favourite for bird watching and easy to spot as it forages for food in open forest. Relatively common across eastern Australia, in NSW they’re found in coastal rainforests and adjacent woodlands and mountain ranges.

    • Australian brush turkey, Dorrigo National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

      Australian brush turkey (Alectura lathami)

      The Australian brush turkey, also known as bush or scrub turkey, can be found in rainforests along eastern NSW. With a striking red head, blue-black plumage and booming call, these distinctive Australian birds are easy to spot while bird watching in several NSW national parks.

    • Lace monitor, Daleys Point walking track, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

      Lace monitor (Varanus varius)

      One of Australia’s largest lizards, the carnivorous tree-dwelling lace monitor, or tree goanna, can grow to 2m in length and is found in forests and coastal tablelands across eastern Australia. These Australian animals are typically dark blue in colour with whitish spots or blotches.

    Plants

    • Coachwood flower. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

      Coachwood (Ceratopetalum apetalum)

      Coachwood trees are Australian native plants that grow in warm temperate rainforests along coastal NSW. Also known as scented satinwood, the mottled grey bark of the coachwood has horizontal markings and a delicate fragrance.

    • Blueberry ash. Photo: Jaime Plaza

      Blueberry ash (Elaeocarpus reticulatus)

      The blueberry ash is a rainforest shrub which produces blue olive-shaped berries and spectacular bell-shaped flowers, which often appear on the plant together. It is a tall slender shrub or small tree found in rainforest, tall eucalypt forest and coastal bushland in eastern NSW, south-east Queensland and Victoria.

    Environments in this park

    Education resources (1)

    Matheson Loop Walking Track, Nightcap National Park. Photo: John Spencer