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Minyon Falls walking track

Nightcap National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Minyon Falls walking track.

Track grading

Grade 3

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    3 - 4hrs

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    13km return

  • Steps

    Many steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

Minyon Falls walking track is in Nightcap National Park. There are two entrances to this section of the park – from the east/north and from the south. To get there:

From Bangalow:

  • Drive towards Lismore on Bangalow-Lismore Road until you reach the village of Clunes
  • Turn right onto James Gibson Road, right onto Mackie Road, and then right onto Rosebank Road.
  • Through Rosebank village, follow Repentance Creek Road, turn left onto Upper Coopers Creek Road, and then left onto Minyon Falls Road.
  • Continue along this road past Wren’s Nest Cafe, to the entrance of Nightcap National Park, and onto Minyon Drive, where you can follow park signs.

From Lismore:

  • Take Dunoon Road out of north Lismore and drive through the villages of Modanville, then Dunoon, then Doroughby.
  • Just past Dorroughby Hall, turn left onto Nightcap Range Road and follow right through to the Whian Whian SCA entrance.
  • Continue until you reach the Peates Mountain Road intersection and then turn onto Minyon Drive, where you can follow park signs.

From Brisbane:

  • Driving southwards onto Pacific Highway just south of Byron Bay exit, at the top of the hill, turn right onto Coolamon Scenic Drive.
  • Follow this winding road through the village of Coorabell
  • Turn right, heading to the village of Federal, and continue north.
  • Go past the general store, along Federal Road, and turn left onto Repentance Creek Road.
  • Head west along this road and across Byangerry Creek crossing
  • Continue over Coopers Creek crossing, turn right onto Upper Coopers Creek Road, and then left onto Minyon Falls Road
  • Continue along this road past Wren’s Nest Cafe, to the entrance of Nightcap National Park, and onto Minyon Drive, where you can follow park signs.

Parking

Bus and car parking is available at both Minyon Falls and Minyon Grass picnic areas. It can be a busy place on the weekend, school and public holidays, so parking might be limited.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Nightcap National Park. Here are some of the highlights: Weather in the northern rivers region is generally mild in winter ranging to hot in summer. It can be very wet (the park receives the highest annual rainfall in NSW) and misty so check local weather conditions and pack suitable clothes as well as a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

18°C and 29°C

Highest recorded

40°C

Winter temperature

Average

6°C and 19°C

Lowest recorded

-0.6°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

February

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

350mm

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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.

If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + 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).

Prohibited

Pets

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

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Minyon Falls walking track

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Minyon Falls, Nightcap National Park. Photo: Hamilton Lund