The Minyon Falls is in the Nightcap National Park, in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, where the Repentance Creek drops off the edge of a tall cliff. The rhyolite cliffs once formed part of the Tweed Volcano. The height of the falls is around 100m; the drop has been documented as being between 97 and 104m. A lookout platform accessed via a short boardwalk from the carpark provides over the top of the falls, and out to the coast.
At the top of the cliffs, the forest around the falls is comprised Australian eucalypts, including blackbutt and scribbly gum. Beneath the waterfall Falls in the Minyon valley is a sub-tropical rainforest, with vegetation including Bangalow palms, brushbox, strangler figs and and native wisteria vine. At the base of the falls is a beautiful natural pool and swimming hole.
Swimming at Minyon Falls
You can swim at the base of Minyon Falls (when the falls are not dry and not recommended after very heavy rain), where there is a small and deep pool. Take care climbing over the slippery rocks when getting in and out. While it’s a very short and Easy walk to the lookout, getting to the bottom of the falls is Moderate as it involves a steep walk down.
Getting to Minyon Falls
The viewing platform at the top of the falls is easy to reach, with a short walk from the carpark. It’s about a 45min drive inland from Byron Bay or Ballina; the last section is along an unsealed road. You can also access the base of the walk, via a 3.7km loop along the Minyon Loop Trail.