We are so lucky to have some absolutely beautiful waterfalls an easy day trip from Byron Bay. Whether it’s a lazy Sunday afternoon or a midweek meander, these are the spots Byron Bay locals turn to. Some of these waterfalls are easily accessed via a short walk, while others require a bit more planning and a decent hike to reach. Be sure to check out our favourite swimming spots when you’re ready to hit the coast again.
Killen Falls (Killen Falls Drive, Tintenbar) is perfect if you only have an hour or so to spare. A small carpark leads to the viewing platform overlooking the falls, or take the short track down to the bottom of the falls. The path can get slippery, so be careful if it’s been raining.
Minyon Falls (Nightcap National Park) is one of the largest waterfalls in the area. Water thunders down from 104 metres and it is absolutely spectacular after rainfall. The lookout at the top of the falls is a short walk from the carpark –and it is no exaggeration to say the views are stunning – with granite cliffs and dense bushland as far as the eye can see. Be sure to bring your camera. If you’re looking for a full-day adventure, the Minyon Falls walking track allows you to wander through the forest past beautiful creeks leading to the bottom of the waterfall. The track is 13km return, so be prepared with plenty of food and water to last you throughout the day.
Also in the ranges of the Nightcap National Park, the World Heritage-listed Protestors Falls is another definite stop if you’re travelling through Northern NSW. It’s a short walk to Protestors Falls from the carpark but expect some short, steep hills. You’ll be able to rest and refuel with a picnic at Terania Creek on the way back. At the time of writing, swimming is prohibited in all creeks nearby to protect the habitat of the Fleay’s Barred Frog.
Leave no trace
We all know the importance of leaving no trace. So please be sure to be self-sufficient and leave the area as you found it. It’s a good idea to check official websites before visiting if you have any questions or to check directions – patchy mobile reception means you may not be able to rely on GPS. We hope you love exploring our local waterfalls and experiencing all this incredible area has to offer!