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Rayners walking track

Mount Jerusalem National Park

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Overview

Rayners walking track is a family-friendly way to explore Jerusalem National Park, near Mullumbimby. Enjoy beautiful scribbly gum forest as you stroll past pretty streams to the waters of Rayners Dam.

Where
Mount Jerusalem National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Distance
3.2km return
Time suggested
1hr - 1hr 30min
Grade
Grade 2
What to
bring
Drinking water, sturdy shoes, hat, raincoat, suitable clothing, clothes for all weather conditions, first aid kit, sunscreen, snacks
Please note

There is no drinking water available in Mount Jerusalem National Park so make sure to bring your own.

An easy 3.2km (1.5 hour) return stroll, Rayners walking track is a great way to introduce children to the beauty of the Koonyum Range. Starting from Koonyum Range Road, you'll soon find yourself walking in dappled sunlight beneath an open canopy of scribbly gums and hairpin banksia trees.

After about 1.6km you'll reach the waters of Rayners Dam, a perfect spot to cool off and relax before the return walk to your car. As you walk, keep an eye out for the park's diverse wildlife, especially near the 3 stream crossings. Yellow-tailed black cockatoos, satin bowerbirds and koalas are just some of the animals that make their homes here. You might even spot a wedge tailed eagle soaring overhead.

Spring and autumn are great times to visit, as wildflowers bloom and add patches of colour throughout the forest. And at dusk you can glimpse long-nosed bandicoots, sugar gliders and southern boobook owls.

If this taste of bushwalking in the Byron Bay hinterland whets your appetite, try child-friendly Boggy Creek walk in Whian Whian State Conservation Area, or the longer Minyon Falls walking track in Nightcap National Park.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Also see

  • 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.

  • Stepping stones across the creek on Minyon Falls walking track. Photo: Natasha Webb

    Minyon Falls walking track

    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.

 

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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

Park:

Nightcap National Park

Explore ancient World Heritage-listed rainforest in Nightcap National Park, near Lismore in north-eastern NSW. Ideal for a day trip or overnight adventure, you’ll find great campgrounds, picnic areas, walks and stunning views.

Historic Nightcap walking track, Nightcap National Park. Photo: Brian McLachlan © DPIE