Day Trip: Minyon Falls
One of the great walking trails of our region also happens to be a World Heritage Park. The beautiful Nightcap National Park boasts the almost 100 metre Minyon Falls with a 7.5km hike that loops around the rainforest. Minyon Falls themselves are the result of the water of Repentance Creek flowing over the huge rhyolite cliffs which were once part of the ancient Tweed Volcano. The water flow eroded the underlying basalt to create the 100-metre waterfall.
The walking trail will take you to the bottom of the falls, through the rainforest and up the steep incline where you can marvel at the view. It’ll be rocky and hard going in stages but well worth the effort, especially on a clear day when you can see all the way out to the coast.
From the lookout, watch the cascades flow over Minyon Falls into a deep palm-shaded gorge below. Expect to see Australian native animals like the Kookaburra, Bowerbird, Bobuck Possum, Bandicoots and Carpet Pythons, wompoo pigeon, green catbird, bush turkey and koalas in the flooded gum area.
Minyon Falls is spectacular at any time of the year and especially after a lot of rain. If you have been staying in the Byron Bay and been taking advantage of its many beautiful beaches, a plunge at the bottom into the crystal, cool, pristine and non-salty waters of Minyon Falls will be a wonderful and refreshing change.
There are plenty of shady areas perfect for a rest, picnic and barbeque facilities available making it a great day trip for people visiting from Byron Bay. Note, drinking water is not available in this park so it’s a good idea to bring your own, and something to take your rubbish away in.
Where: Minyon Platform Track, Whian Whian NSW 2480
Directions and visitor information here.