Minyon Falls walking track

Nightcap National Park

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Overview

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.

Distance
13km return
Time suggested
3 - 4hrs
Grade
Grade 3
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing
Please note
  • Please note there is no public access within 100m of the top of Minyon Falls.
  • This walk is in a remote location and weather can be unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment, and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.

Minyon Falls walking track offers the opportunity to experience a range of forests, pristine creeks and a spectacular waterfall in Nightcap National Park. Winding through Nightcap escarpment, in northern NSW, this beautiful track will challenge and delight bushwalking fans in equal measure.

Leading through dense rainforest, be sure to lookout for the spectacular stand of old-growth brushbox trees on the western side of Repentance Creek. Stop for a tranquil picnic lunch along the fern-lined creeks.

Choose to start this track from either of the picnic areas at Minyon Falls. The track links to Boggy Creek walk, which leads north to Rummery Park campground, in neighbouring Whian Whian State Conservation Area.

Relax at Minyon Grass picnic area. With its picnic tables and beautiful views of cascading falls and the surrounding forest, this low key spot is a little quieter than the popular picnic spot at Minyon Falls lookout.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Nearby:

  • Aerial view of Minyon Falls and the lookout in Nightcap National Park. Credit: John Spencer © DPE

    Minyon Falls lookout

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Local alerts

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General enquiries

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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Visitor info

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

Track grading

Features of this track

Distance

13km return

Time

3 - 4hrs

Quality of markings

Clearly sign posted

Experience required

Some bushwalking experience recommended

Gradient

Short steep hills

Steps

Many steps

Quality of path

Formed track, some obstacles

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

Maps and downloads

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 pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Minyon Falls walking track 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.

Ground-breaking protests at Terania Creek in the late 1970's paved the way for the park's creation and international recognition as a Gondwana Rainforest World Heritage site in 1986.

  • Minyon Falls guided rainforest tour Journey through ancient rainforest to Minyon Falls on a 5-hour tour with Wild Byron. You’ll see the stunning creeks, waterfalls and wildlife of Nightcap National Park.
  • Minyon Falls walking tours Join Earthbound Tours for a guided walk to Minyon Falls, located in Nightcap National Park, near Byron Bay. You'll walk through ancient rainforest for an up-close look at these spectacular falls.
  • Protesters Falls walking track Protesters Falls walking track leads through superb World Heritage rainforest before arriving at spectacular waterfalls in Nightcap National Park, near Lismore.
  • 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.

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.
  • Minyon Falls guided rainforest tour Journey through ancient rainforest to Minyon Falls on a 5-hour tour with Wild Byron. You’ll see the stunning creeks, waterfalls and wildlife of 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 protected in this park

Animals

  • Profile view of an Albert's lyrebird looking for insects amongst leaf litter on the forest floor. Photo: Gavin Phillips © Gavin Phillips

    Albert's lyrebird (Menura alberti)

    The Albert’s lyrebird is much rarer than the superb lyrebird. Distinguished by its richer brown plumage and less elaborate tail feathers, it’s protected as a threatened species in NSW.

  • A male satin bowerbird with black plumage and blue eyes stands in a bower made of brown twigs. Photo: Peter Sherratt © Peter Sherratt

    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.

  • Profile view of a grey-headed flying-fox flying past eucalupt trees. Photo: Shane Ruming © Shane Ruming

    Grey-headed flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus)

    The grey-headed flying fox is Australia's largest native bat, with a wingspan up to 1m. This threatened species travels up and down south-eastern Australia and plays a vital role in pollinating plants and spreading seeds in our native forests.

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

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  • 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.

See more visitor info