Protesters Falls walking track

Nightcap National Park

Protesters Falls walking track leads through superb World Heritage rainforest before arriving at spectacular waterfalls in Nightcap National Park, near Lismore.

Bird Watching
Picnic Facilities
Scrambling or Climbing

Getting there

Protesters Falls walking track is in Nightcap National Park. To get there:

  • From The Channon, veer left at the general store (signposted) on Terania Creek Road.
  • Drive for approximately 15km to the end of this mostly rough gravel road
  • Park at Terania Creek picnic area, at the northern end of Terania Creek Road.
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Protesters Falls walking track can become boggy when it rains
  • Parking is available at Terania Creek picnic area. It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.
  • Picnic facilities are located at Terania Creek picnic area
  • You'll need to bring your own drinking water

How do you get to the start of the walk?

Follow the road back from the car park to approx 30m from the causeway.


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Route/Trail notes

A detailed description of the walk!

Start at the board walk across the rainforest floor (watch out for falling palm fronds, they come from a long way up!). The board walk is aprox 1/3rd of the way. The track continues on over Terrania creek with a foot bridge then over low tree roots and rocks fashioned into steps following the creek up to the falls. When at the falls today it felt like a natural airconditioner. Swimming is prohibited to protect the vital habitat of the Fleay’s barred frog.


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Beautiful Rainforest - so fortunate that people cared enough to fight for its preservation. Today was the first day the track was open after flood repairs. Very easy walk; not much water over the falls but still stunning; one very drowsy carpet snake on the way up - out of sight on the way back. Great drive to get there; a lot of potholes on both the gravel and sealed roads - keeps you alert! Can't wait to try the other walks nearby.

Carmen on 1 Jul, 2023

It doesn't take 90 minutes to walk. Took about 45, which was a bit disappointing. It's a pretty walk, not difficult at all, no hills to walk up and down. There hasn't been much rain so the falls weren't in full flow.

Despite it being a warm day, it was freezing in the rainforest. This didn't stop a group of selfish tossers from swimming in the pool where signs say not to swim. Who cares about an endangered species of frog anyway? Gotta get those underwater photos!

Tammy H on 14 Sep, 2021

💦 She's flowing alright 💦
Great little walk! I love how the trail meanders alongside the creek. Beautiful natural details from the lichen and moss covered rocks in the palm forest, to huge strangler figs, and many many quaint little rockpools. The rocks on the base of the waterfalls can be slippery. Saw a few people swimming here which was super disappointing as it is prohibited to protect an endangered froggy friend 🐸

rb on 2 Jan, 2021

Easy walk on boardwalks and rocky track.
Falls in full swing after rains. Managed to attract s leach ( ground and trail very wet.

Travlinon on 25 Jun, 2019

Easy scenic walk at the end of a long gravel road. Bit rough in my car but got there ok. Falls are beautiful.

Nic1385 on Nov, 2017

Probably the best short waterfall walk you can do!! Amazing.

Mackamcb on 16 Jun, 2017

Friend moved to the area and took me took this place , quite a nice walk and back then we were allowed to swim in the creek / falls....pretty cold though

J on 17 Aug, 2007

Beautiful place.

Holger on Sometime...


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