The Protesters Falls walk in Nightcap National Park is a great inland alternative to exploring the beautiful coastline of northern New South Wales.


  • Peaceful subtropical rainforest walk
  • Opportunity to see endangered wildlife
  • Magnificent Protesters Waterfall

Protesters Falls Walking Track

Positioned within the ranges of the Nightcap National Park, the Protesters Falls walking track provides a therapeutic short walk for nature enthusiasts. The waterfall gets its name from the Terania creek protests of the late 1970’s which saved the forest from development – one of the first successful anti-logging protests.

This walk spans a pleasant 1.4km and takes less than half an hour each way. From the carpark you will find the entry to the walking track which begins with a boardwalk. As you traverse through the track you will begin to appreciate the diverse flora and fauna of the area. Subtropical palms soon give way to gigantic yellow carabeen.

We were the only ones there on the day so you can expect to be delighted by the sounds of various native birds and the sound of Terania creek and it flows through small, light sprinkled gullies and rock pools.

As you approach the end of the track you will begin to catch glimpses of the beautiful Protesters Waterfall. The waterfall itself is approximately 30m in height and pours into a freshwater rock pool. The pool is surrounded by a natural rock amphitheatre where you can sit, meditate and take it all in.

Enviro Note: Swimming is prohibited at the falls to protect the Fleay’s barred frog. Please respect this rule, suncream and insect repellant can hurt the little guys!

Essential Gear

  • Hat
  • Drinking water
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent

How To Get There

The Protesters Falls walking track is located in the Nightcap National Park. From The Channon veer left at the general store on Terania creek road. This road then transitions from bitumen to gravel and continues for approximately 15km. It ends at the Terania creek picnic area where parking is available.

Skill Level

Beginner (Grade 3)

Distance Covered