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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.
About the region
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.
Nightcap National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, is a dramatically beautiful park full of ancient rainforests, magical waterways and spectacular views.
The lush rainforest provides a home for the newly discovered nightcap oak as well as a number of threatened animal species, including Albert's lyrebird and Fleay's barred frog which takes shelter under leaf litter and makes an 'ok-ok-ok-ok-ok' after rain.
With easy access from Lismore and Nimbin, you can enjoy a picnic, bushwalk or overnight camping trip amid the park's escarpments, waterfalls and crystal clear creeks and enjoy incredible views of the 20 million year-old Wollumbin shield volcano.
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 ClunesTurn 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 CoorabellTurn 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 crossingContinue over Coopers Creek crossing, turn right onto Upper Coopers Creek Road, and then left onto Minyon Falls RoadContinue 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.
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.
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.