Minyon Falls Loop

Nightcap National Park
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The Minyon Falls is a plunge waterfall on the Repentance Creek in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia. The waterfall descends more than 100 metres over the huge rhyolite cliffs which were once part of the Tweed Volcano.

Walk down to the base of the falls; a very pretty interesting walk. After the rain the water gushes past you.

Waterfalls
Lookouts
Picnic Facilities
BBQ
Toilets
Scrambling or Climbing
No Dogs Permitted
Rainforest
Eucalypt Forest
367m
Maximum Elevation
214m
Total Climb

Getting there:

From Mullumbimby, take the Coolamon Scenic Drive south then turn right into Repentance Creek Road and right again into Minyon Falls Road.

From the south, turn off the Lismore Bangalow Road into Eureka Road onto Federal Road before turning left onto Repentance Creek Road and right again into Minyon Falls Road.

The last 2km are gravel road. Minyon Falls is well signposted.

Maps:

http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/Lookouts/Minyon-Falls-lookout

http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/Walking-tracks/Minyon-loop-walking-track

Route/Trail notes:

Down to the base of the falls is a hard walk is well defined, but can be very slippery after rain.

Permits/Costs:

None, except if you camp, which is only permitted at Rummery Park (fees apply).

Comments:

This can be a very busy area on weekends and holidays, so parking can be a problem. Parking, toilets, BBQs and picnic areas are available.


Comments

A beautiful walk!! It was not strenuous at all. Took just under 3 hours, including stopping for photography several times! Magnificent eucalyptus at the higher parts of the walk, and more rainforesty trees at the lower parts. White and black cockatoos. The falls were not gushing but were still stunning, reminded me of Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite.
Definitely recommend this walk if you're in the Northern Rivers area :)

TheImperialHiker on 24 Jun, 2020

Loved this walk! It rained all the way back but it was worth it. A little harder than I had thought but it was still very scenic. Rocks were quite slippery just before you reach the bottom of the falls,but that’s to be expected. Will definitely do it again in the dry.

NikkiW74 on 14 Jun, 2020

My fav walk!

Giorgia on 2 Jun, 2020

Minyon Falls was incredible. At the base of the falls it was like being in a storm the wind and water from the falls plunging down was so strong. Even if you didn't get in the water you got saturated. The boulders up to the base are quite tricky. Because of all the rain everything was very wet. It was very funny to see everyone arriving at the falls pristine, trying to cross the river without getting wet. Then after they visited the base, wet through, disheveled with huge smiles. We didn't do the loop, walked down and back up the same way. Which was a great walk. We started the day at Byron Lighthouse, then Killen Falls then Minyon so it was a huge day out. But what a day. Still smiling.

RosieG on 15 Feb, 2020

Take swimmers next time !!

LizzyLoo on Apr, 2019

10km, 3hrs. Mostly shady walk through some scrub and rainforest. Well worth the walk, the falls from the base are spectacular! The scrambling over boulders at the end was fun although a little slippery on the wet rocks. I'd go again and have a dip

Le on 18 Mar, 2019

I took my four year old. I couldn't believe what a wonderful time we had - she was amazing, not a single complaint except for when she wasn't able to go off the trail adventuring.
I did have to piggyback her up about 100 stairs towards the end of the walk but otherwise, amazing. Diverse terrain, lovely spot to lunch, the rocky scramble was her favourite bit. We had lovely falls but my friend did it in January and the falls were dry. It wasn't 3 hours for us though, probably more like 4.5-5. I also didn't let her swim so she had energy for the home leg.

Emma on 8 Dec, 2018

First thing...this is NOT a loop! You start at the top of the falls and end up at the bottom, then have to walk the same way back out again. Bit disappointing.
Secondly, it’s BUSY. Not my favourite type of bushwalk particularly when inappropriately attired families scramble noisily through the bush ruining the serenity of it all.
Parts of the track are muddy but I wouldn’t call it overly difficult as long as you’re already quite fit.
The view from both the top and bottom is spectacular. I guess that’s why it’s so popular. But to get to the base of the falls there is a bit of scrambling and climbing involved.
Beautiful scenery and we finished it in about 3 hours

Jen on 8 Jul, 2018

Excellent walk. Took the family just under 4 hours. There had been a bit of rain over previous weeks so plenty of water over the falls. Also made for slippery and muddy conditions along the base of the track.

Matt on 7 Apr, 2018

Completed with two friends, the falls were dry, but it was still worth the walk. We ended up on the other side of the valley to where we left the car, but a lovely couple helped us out :)

Bonnie_K on 10 Oct, 2017

Unfortunately, track was very dry and no water flowing over waterfall. Otherwise, an enjoyable walk listening to the birds. The walk back up to car was very dusty.

Susan on 1 Oct, 2017

Sensational walk

Mackamcb on 15 Jun, 2017

I loved this hike 👟 It took me a little over 3 hours but that was stopping to take lots of photo's, rock hopping and playing in the water at the bottom of the falls👣 and waiting for 27 minutes for a snake to slither off the path 🐍
I wouldn't say a hard walk but moderate.
With dense rainforest🍃🍀 amazing old tree's that I am sure when you touch, you can feel them breath 🌳 the coolness of gorgeous boulders at the bottom of the falls...You won't be disappointed 💕🙏

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Mel on 28 May, 2017

Absolutely stupendous hike, the falls are wonderful at dawn & dusk

Angus Small on Mar, 2017

Beautiful waterfall!

courtlalala on 6 Dec, 2016

Loved this walk, one of the most beautiful I've done so far. I decided to go upsteam and scramble on the water to the base of the waterfall, rather than the track scramble (at first I didn't realise there was a track for it), and found it much more enjoyable to reach the base; then climbed back up and sat on the edge of the falls, looking down. A couple of trees had gone down on the track, so it's a bit tough to navigate the edge of the cliffs around them, but easy going to experienced walkers.

Chantelle on 14 Aug, 2016

Great walk! Moderate challenge! Loop completed in 2 hours 20mins including 15mins of stops.

Carina on 16 Jul, 2016

Beautiful walk. We started quite late and it was dark by the time we got back but the track is very distinguished.

Georgia Keogh on Jul, 2016

I saw two snakes within a few minutes of arriving, one large python on the top of the cliff, and the other a green snake sunning itself on the walking path. The descent to the bottom of the falls took around 75 minutes at a slow comfortable pace, and a similar time to come back up. The waterfall was flowing and some folks (not me) were brave enough to swim in the icy water.

monkeywill on 25 Feb, 2016

Didn't get to walk to bottom but next time we will. However the falls were pumping today, not a leaky shower head at all, see latest photos from my drone.

Gumby on 7 Feb, 2016

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