Byron Bay is best known for its incredible beaches and laid-back lifestyle. But if you are looking for something else to do in the Byron Bay region, fear not. Byron Bay is surrounded by lush hinterland and waterfalls, so there is something for everyone to enjoy in the region.
This article will share the best waterfalls near Byron Bay, in order of preference.
Minyon Falls – 1 hour from Byron Bay
Not only is Minyon Falls one of the most impressive waterfalls near Byron Bay, but it is also one of the most impressive in Australia.
From the lookout at the top, you can see the water rushing over the edge and into a deep palm-shaded valley roughly 100m below.
At the base of Minyon Falls, you will find a beautiful natural pool that was made for swimming.
The hike to the base of Minyon Falls is 4.5kms one way. There is also a shorter option.
For a complete guide to visiting and hiking at Minyon Falls, click here.
Killen Falls – 30 minutes from Byron Bay
If you are looking for a waterfall to spend a day at Killen Falls is the perfect option for you.
There is plenty of space to lay down a towel, enjoy a picnic and swim.
Killen Falls is a short, 20 minute walk.
For a complete guide to visiting Killen Falls, click here.
Protesters Falls – 1 hour 15 minutes from Byron Bay
Found in the Nightcap National Park is the World Heritage-listed Protesters Falls, another must-see waterfall near Byron Bay. The pleasant 1.4km round trip to view the magnificent falls is well worth getting off the beaten track for. Unfortunately, you aren’t able to swim at Protesters Falls.
Natural Bridge – 1 hour 20 minutes from Byron Bay
The Natural Bridge is a stunning waterfall that flows through a natural hole in the rock formation and into the cave below. By night the cave lights up with thousands of glow worms.
The circuit walk to the Natural Bridge leads you through ancient subtropical rainforest, taking about an hour to complete.
For a full guide on visiting the Natural Bridge, click here.
The Natural Bridge is found in the Gold Coast hinterland and is just one incredible waterfall worth visiting. For more information on Gold Coast waterfalls, click here.
Unicorn Falls – 55 minutes from Byron Bay
Unicorn Falls is a hidden gem in Northern NSW located in Mount Jerusalem National Park. This is one of the lesser known waterfalls, meaning it is usually quiet. There is a large swimming hole, and if you adventure downstream you will come across smaller swimming holes and waterfalls. The closest town to Unicorn Falls is Uki. Access is via an unpaved road.
Whian Whian Falls – 1 hour from Byron Bay
The impressive Whian Whian Falls is located in the Conservation Area near Nightcap National Park. This waterfall is easily accessible and makes for a great day trip from Byron Bay.
Dalwood Falls – 45 minutes from Byron Bay
This is another hidden waterfall in the Northern NSW region. The start of the track for this waterfall is located on Dalwood Road in NSW. The waterfall is actually on private property and has Do Not Enter Signs. Apparently, the owners still allow people to visit but has the sign for legal reasons. If you do swim here, avoid climbing the cliffs and rock jumping as lives have been lost.
Tosha Falls – 45 minutes from Byron Bay
Tosha Falls is found just outside of Alstonville. A short 5-minute hike leads you to the waterfall and swimming hole, which is very popular amongst locals.
- All the waterfalls are most impressive after rain. If you can, plan to visit after heavy rainfall.
- Avoid littering in the National Parks. If you take any rubbish in with you, take it out with you.
- Always consider your safety when swimming, rock climbing and rock jumping.
- Wear sunscreen and a hat as the Australian sun it hot.
- Be aware that snakes live in the region. Always keep an eye on the ground.
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