Minyon Falls // Northern NSW

The lush base of Minyon Falls
Photo by Linda Dillenbeck | @wanderlustofdill

At Minyon Falls in Nightcap National Park you are unlikely to come across a bunch of yellow cylindrical one or two-eyed creatures, but what you will experience is the immense power and beauty of a 100 m waterfall and a chance to swim at the base of the falls. How is that not the perfect day trip?!

Highlights

  • 100m high waterfall
  • Beautiful views out towards the coast
  • A swimming hole!
  • Great day trip from Brisbane, Gold Coast or Byron Bay!

The hike to the base of the falls begins at the very top where you start off by taking in the view of the falls and on a clear day you can see all the way out to the coast. The 4km (one way) hike then heads off along the scribby-gum clad ridge line before dropping into the rainforest below. After some rock-hopping/scrambling upstream you will find yourself at the base of this powerful cascade of water. It is a perfect spot for a swim (but take care as the rocks can be slippery and if there is a lot of water flowing it can be windy down there). If you would like to picnic head a little further down the creek to get away from the mist and wind created by the waterfall. Alternatively there are picnic areas the the lookout and also at Minyon Grass Picnic Area with picnic tables and BBQ facilities.

Note: Check the weather before you visit the falls, as they might not be flowing strongly if you are visiting during a dry spell. The waterfall will be most impressive after a good dose of rain.

If one day of waterfall swims in not enough, you can camp at the Rummery Park Campground and do it all again the next day! The campground lies approximately 2km from the lookout and lies in the Whian Whian Conservation area. It is accessible by road and also via the Boggy Creek Walking Track from the Minyon Falls lookout. Bookings are required and can be made through the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services website.

Essential Gear

  • Shoes and clothing suitable for hiking and rock-hopping
  • Water (min 2L) and snacks or a picnic too
  • Swimmers and a towel

How To Get There

Minyon Falls is located in Nightcap National Park off Minyon Falls Road. It is about 1 hr 30 mins drive from the Gold Coast, a bit over 2 hours from Brisbane and about 45 mins west of Byron Bay. There is no public transport to the falls.

NSW National Parks Website

Google Map

Activities

  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Photography
  • Picnic area

Skill Level

Intermediate

Distance Covered / Elevation Gain

4km each way from Minyon Falls Lookout

2km each way from Minyon Grass Picnic Area


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