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Minyon Falls lookout

Nightcap National Park

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Overview

Minyon Falls upgrades in 2021

Minyon Falls area is currently closed while we upgrade and improve the facilities available for you in 2021. Find out more about the planned upgrades by checking the Minyon Falls Master Plan.

Minyon Falls lookout offers stunning views of the waterfall and rainforest. With easy parking and picnic spots, it's a great day trip location for people visiting Byron Bay.

Type
Lookouts
Where
Nightcap National Park
Accessibility
Easy
What to
bring
Drinking water
Please note
  • Please note there is no public access within 100m of the top of Minyon Falls.
  • Check the weather before you visit Minyon Falls, as the falls might not be flowing strongly if you are visiting during a dry spell. They will be at its most impressive after wet weather.

The view from Minyon Falls lookout is the best in the area. From the lookout platform you can admire not only the falls themselves and the valley beneath, on a clear day you might be lucky and see all the way out to the coast.

Watch the cascades flow over Minyon Falls to a deep palm-shaded gorge roughly 100m below, and enjoy the sounds of local wildlife, the peaceful ambience and the spectacular natural surroundings. The tops of the cliffs are forested with Australian eucalypts, like blackbutt and scribbly gum, and a beautiful pool at the base of the falls is an ideal place to cool off and relax.

Minyon Falls is great for a quick stop, but if you’d like to spend longer at this majestic location there's a picnic area with plenty of shady trees and picnic tables. There are also a couple of bushwalks that leave from the picnic area, including Boggy Creek walk which leads to Rummery Park campground, and Minyon Falls walking track which takes you down to the base of the falls.

And while Minyon Falls does offer stunning vistas and beautiful scenery, it's more than just a spot of visual grandeur. It's also a special place for the local Aboriginal community.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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  • Stepping stones across the creek on Minyon Falls walking track. Photo: Natasha Webb © DPIE

    Minyon Falls walking track

    Popular with visitors to the Byron Bay area, Minyon Falls walking track leads through rainforest to a scenic waterfall in Nightcap National Park, in northern NSW.

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

    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.

  • View of Telephone Road passing through dense rainforest. Photo: Liz Dargin/OEH

    Whian Whian mountain biking trails

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

  • Minyon Grass picnic area, Nightcap National Park. Photo: B. McLachlan

    Minyon Grass picnic area

    Minyon Grass picnic area, at the base of Minyon Falls in Nightcap National Park, near Lismore, is a beautiful place for lunch, offering a range of rainforest walks.

 

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