Minyon Falls walking track

Nightcap National Park

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.

Where
Nightcap National Park
Distance
13km return
Time suggested
3 - 4hrs
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
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 an 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.

Spark up one of the free gas barbecues 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

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

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/walking-tracks/minyon-falls-walking-track/local-alerts

Park info

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

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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

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.

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 pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Nearby towns

Bangalow (18 km)

Bangalow is a relaxed but stylish village close to Byron Bay. It's set in lush green hills near the coast.

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Lismore (28 km)

Lismore is a major North Coast commercial, cultural and administrative centre. It's set in undulating country on the north arm of the Richmond River.

www.visitnsw.com

Mullumbimby (1 km)

Mullumbimby sits on the Brunswick River and is overshadowed by subtropical hills.

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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.

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.

  • Goorgana walking track Goorgana walking track is ideal for experienced bushwalkers keen to tackle the challenging iconic peaks in Nightcap National Park.
  • 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)

Minyon Falls, Nightcap National Park. Photo: Hamilton Lund