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Protesters Falls walking track

Nightcap National Park

Overview

Protesters Falls walking track leads through superb World Heritage rainforest before arriving at spectacular waterfalls in Nightcap National Park, near Lismore.

Where
Nightcap National Park
Distance
1.4km return
Time suggested
1hr - 1hr 30min
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, drinking water, sunscreen
Please note
  • Please be aware that this area may be subject to temporary closure due to flash flooding during, or after heavy periods of rain. 
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go bird watching

Nestled in the rugged ranges of Nightcap National Park, World Heritage-listed Protestors Falls walking track leads through magnificent rainforest to a spectacular waterfall. An ideal short walk for families and nature-lovers, it’s a great stop on a driving tour of the beautiful NSW North Coast hinterland, near Lismore. 

Named after the Terania Creek protests of the late 1970s that saved this precious patch of pristine rainforest, it’s an important habitat for a range of endangered frogs, including the threatened Fleay’s barred frog and pouched frog.

As you walk along this easy track, you’ll notice how subtropical bangalow palms and native tamarind give way to towering rainforest giants of yellow carabeen and strangler figs. Listen out for the call of the rose-crowned fruit dove and the barred cuckoo-shrike. You might even see a pademelon darting through the bush. If you’ve worked up an appetite, enjoy a leisurely lunch at Terania Creek picnic area.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

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Protestors Falls walking track, Nightcap National Park. Photo: B. McLachlan