Whian Whian State Conservation Area

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In Whian Whian State Conservation Area, north of Lismore, you’ll find cycling, hiking and horse riding trails, as well as waterfalls and creeks for swimming and fishing.

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Just to the north of Lismore, Whian Whian State Conservation Area was formed to protect an area that surrounds Nightcap National Park. This charming area and its surrounds are chock-full of fantastic, fun things to do outdoors.

It’s a great spot from which to enjoy some of the day walks in the area, take a picnic, or go on a mountain bike ride. For longer adventures, you can base yourself at the tranquil forest setting at Rummery Park campground. This small but well-equipped campground is popular with overnight bushwalkers undertaking the Historic Nightcap track from Mount Nardi, some 18km to the west.

There are plenty of trails in Whian Whian and Nightcap, where you can hike, cycle, or even horse ride among the ancient towering kauri, bunya and hoop pines. Native Australian animals such as goannas, kookaburras and brushtail possums will accompany your adventures, as well as threatened species such as the spotted-tailed quoll, koalas and Albert’s lyrebird.

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    From the north (Brisbane):

    • Travelling on the Pacific Highway exit south of Byron Bay, at the top of the hill, turn right into Coolamon Scenic Drive. Follow this winding road through the village of Coorabell.
    • Continue, then turn right to the village of Federal. From Federal, continue north along Federal Road, then turn left into Repentance Creek Road.
    • Head west along this road and across the Byangerry Creek crossing and continue. Just over the Coopers Creek crossing, turn right into Upper Coopers Creek Road, then left into Minyon Falls Road and follow through to the park entrance.

    From Lismore:

    • Take Dunoon Road out of north Lismore and go through the villages of Modanville, then Dunoon, then Doroughby. Just past Dorroughby Hall, turn left into Nightcap Range Road and follow right through to the SCA entrance.
    • Continue until you reach the Peates Mountain Road intersection (turn left if you want to go to Rummery Park campground) or continue straight through to Minyon Falls within the Nightcap National Park (Minyon Drive).

    From Bangalow:

    • Travel towards Lismore on the Bangalow-Lismore Road until you reach the village of Clunes.
    • Turn right into James Gibson Road, then right into Mackie Road, then right onto Rosebank Road.
    • Through Rosebank village, follow Repentance Creek Road, then turn left into Upper Coopers Creek Road, then left again into Minyon Falls Road. Continue along this road then into the Nightcap National Park entrance on Minyon Drive. Follow park signs from there.


    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information

    By public transport

    There is no public transport to Whian Whian State Conservation Area.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Whian Whian State Conservation Area. Here are some of the highlights.


    The cooler months are great for enjoying some of the longer bushwalks available in both Whian Whian and the adjoining Nightcap National Park - Autumn/winter .


    Bushwalking when many plant species are in bloom, such as bottlebrush, wattle and tea tree species along the creeks. Swimming in the Boggy Creek along the Boggy Creek walk The Freedom Marathon is an annual event held in spring .


    When the weather heats up, swimming in Boggy Creek is a popular way to cool off.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature


    28°C and 28°C

    Highest recorded


    Winter temperature


    8°C and 18°C

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    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



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    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus 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).



    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.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Mullumbimby (23 km)

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


    Bangalow (26 km)

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


    Lismore (35 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.


    Learn more

    Whian Whian State Conservation Area is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

    Historic heritage of timber-getters

    Rummery Creek, Whian Whian State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer

    Lured by the opportunity of employment in difficult times, timber-getters began logging in the Whian Whian area in the 1830s for red cedar, a particularly sought after timber. In 1871, surveyors identified a track over Nightcap Range to link Lismore with Murwillumbah. This allowed cedar-getters access to previously isolated expanses of forest. The Rummery Park campground was originally a forestry camp, and its use dates back to the 1930s. The inter-war period was the most active period for forestry use of the campground. Peates Mountain Road (now part of the Nightcap track) was built during the depression of the 1920s and 1930s. Sleeper-cutters who claimed timber unsuitable for milling, camped nearby on the other side of Boggy Creek at Rummery Park.

    • Historic Nightcap walking track Historic Nightcap walking track leads through World Heritage-listed rainforest, offering scenic views across Nightcap National Park and Whian Whian State Conservation Area, near Byron Bay.

    4,000 years of Aboriginal culture

     A still creek, Whian Whian State Conservation Area. Photo: OEH

    The conservation area is located within the traditional lands of the Widjabal clan of the Bundjalung Nation. Evidence from recorded sites suggests Aboriginal use of the Nightcap Range for at least the last 4,000 years. The area has intrinsic cultural values to the Widjabal People and the land has significant connections with other recorded sites in the adjacent Nightcap National Park.

    World heritage worthy

    Prospector Falls walking track, Whian Whian State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer

    The conservation area has similar vegetation and natural heritage values as those found in the adjoining Nightcap National Park, one of the 50 reserves in northeast NSW and southeast Queensland that make up World Heritage Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves Australia.

    • Whian Whian mountain biking trails Suitable for bushwalkers, cyclists and horseriders, Whian Whian mountain biking trails near Byron Bay offer stunning views of waterfalls and rainforest.

    Walk with the animals

     Stag horn (Platycerium bifurcatum), Whian Whian State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer

    There’s also an incredible variety of native animal species thriving in these rainforests – over 270 native species, around 50 of which are listed as threatened, including the spotted tailed quoll. Koalas and Albert’s lyrebird, with its distinctive calls and mimicking echoes, can often be heard through the forest in the cooler months.

    • Whian Whian mountain biking trails Suitable for bushwalkers, cyclists and horseriders, Whian Whian mountain biking trails near Byron Bay offer stunning views of waterfalls and rainforest.

    Plant life galore

    Waterfall, Whian Whian National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    An astounding 520 plant species have been recorded here – making it an incredibly diverse place when it comes to vegetation. There are 10 broad ecosystems, including subtropical and warm temperate rainforests and various types of wet sclerophyll forest.

    • 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.
    • Historic Nightcap walking track Historic Nightcap walking track leads through World Heritage-listed rainforest, offering scenic views across Nightcap National Park and Whian Whian State Conservation Area, near Byron Bay.

    Plants and animals protected in this park


    • 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.

    • Koala. Photo: Lucy Morrell

      Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)

      One of the most renowned Australian animals, the tree-dwelling marsupial koala can be found in gum tree forests and woodlands across eastern NSW, Victoria and Queensland, as well as in isolated regions in South Australia. With a vice-like grip, this perhaps most iconic but endangered Australian animal lives in tall eucalypts within a home range of several hectares.

    • Brush tail possum. Photo: Ken Stepnell

      Common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)

      One of the most widespread of Australian tree-dwelling marsupials, the common brushtail possum is found across most of NSW in woodlands, rainforests and urban areas. With strong claws, a prehensile tail and opposable digits, these native Australian animals are well-adapted for life amongst the trees.

    • Closeup of a laughing kookaburra's head and body. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

      Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

      Of the 2 species of kookaburra found in Australia, the laughing kookaburra is the best-known and the largest of the native kingfishers. With its distinctive riotous call, the laughing kookaburra is commonly heard in open woodlands and forests throughout NSW national parks, making these ideal spots for bird watching.

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    What we're doing

    Whian Whian State Conservation Area has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents.