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Protesters Falls walking track

Nightcap National Park

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

1.4km return
Time suggested
1hr - 1hr 30min
Grade 3
What to
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

Also see

  • Walkway into Terania Creek picnic area. Photo: John Spencer

    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.


Gondwana Rainforests of Australia

Consisting of 28 separate reserves in NSW, the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia contains the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world. The property contains large areas of warm temperate rainforest and nearly all of the world's Antarctic beech cool temperature rainforest.

The Skywalk lookout, Dorrigo National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary


Google Street View Trekker

Using Google Street View Trekker, we've captured imagery across a range of NSW national parks and attractions. Get a bird's eye view of these incredible landscapes before setting off on your own adventure.

Google Trekker at Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: J Spencer/OEH.

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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.

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