The Byron Hinterland
Explore Nature in the Byron Hinterland
The Byron Hinterland is vibrant and full of natural beauty. Secluded waterfalls, national parks and stunning rural Hinterland abound in this unique community – and the beach is never too far away. Here are just a few of the ways you can spend a day in the great outdoors.
Nightcap National Park
With walking tracks, picnic areas, swimming holes, waterfalls, bird watching and sightseeing areas, a visit to the 20,000-acre Nightcap National Park offers an endless array of ways to spend a day amongst the serene pure beauty of the Northern Rivers. The park is home to a multitude of gullies, ridges and peaks that are the eroded remnants of the Tweed shield volcano. Located within the traditional lands of the Widjabal clan of the Bundjalung people, visiting Nightcap National Park is an enchanting experience not to be missed.
Rocky Creek Dam
Located within the Whian Whian State Forest, Rocky Creek Dam boasts lush walking tracks and impressive views of the surrounding countryside. Rocky Creek Dam provides a potable water supply to the Northern Rivers region, so swimming in the dam in not permitted to ensure the high quality of the water in the reservoir. However, the area has a platypus-viewing boardwalk and has barbeque facilities and playgrounds, making it a popular picnic spot amongst locals.
Part of Nightcap National Park and on Byron Bay’s doorstep, Minyon Falls is easily accessed and offers picnic areas, barbeques, a carpark and toilet facilities located at the Minyon Falls lookout. There are also several walking tracks that lead to the bottom of the Falls, providing an amazing close-up view of this pristine wonder. On the way down, prepare to be witness to the spectacular untouched Minyon valley, watching as the flow from Repentance Creek cascades over the 100-metre tall cliffs into a beautiful natural pool.
Whian Whian Falls
The magical pristine beauty of the Northern Rivers is captured in this secret spot in Dunoon. Whian Whian Falls is somewhat secluded and perfect for a day of exploring, you’ll feel as if the rest of the world has simply disappeared, such is the tranquillity. The Falls themselves are gorgeous, but should you choose to explore a few hundred metres on foot beyond the Falls, there you’ll find even more private waterholes dotted through the forest.
The Bangalow Weir
Bangalow’s ’swimming pool’ is a Weir that was damaged in 2010 by the roots of a large gum tree. The once-picturesque natural swimming pool holds much aesthetic and sentimental value to residents of Bangalow, where generations of kids learnt to swim since it’s opening in 1924. The local council is slowly working on reopening the Bangalow Weir, which can still be enjoyed as a beautiful picnic spot while restoration of the Weir is undertaken.
Just one of the many beautiful beaches of Byron Bay, Whites Beach is a hidden gem nestled amongst some other small beaches past the Broken Head turnoff between Byron Bay and Lennox Head. With white sand and crystal clear aquamarine water, White’s Beach is an isolated fantasy cove with a myriad of rock pools and frequent dolphin sightings. A true Hinterland secret.