Minyon Falls, Northern NSW, Australia

Posted on May 29, 2013



Friends in the car park…


The walk down to the basin…


Looking up from the basin…






Swimming Spot: Minyon Falls


Northern NSW, near Byron Bay in the Nightcap National Park

Getting to the spot:

This is a popular tourist destination and information on the Nightcap National Park will be available from the Byron Bay Tourist Information Centre. The Falls are located on Minyon Falls Road.

About the spot:

The walk to the falls is over an hour. It took me an hour and twenty. The walk isn’t suitable for small children as toward the end you will need to climb over large rocks.

The falls are incredibly high yet the swimming basin is actually quite shallow. You can swim but you won’t be out of your depth. This isn’t the most satisfying swimming hole because it is a shallow one but if you’re a keen walker the rainforest portion of the walk is lovely.


Various kinds of accomodation are easily available in Byron Bay and the hinterland surrounds


You’ll find toilets by the car park. There is no drinking water available. You will need to bring your own for the long walk to the basin as well as good walking shoes.

About the area:

The closest popular holiday town is Byron Bay. Byron Bay offers relaxed vibe, surfers mixed with hippies mixed with the average Joe. Byron Bay is home to stunning beaches and a very relaxed lifestyle.

Nearby known swimming spots:

Hanging Rock Falls in Nimbin (aprox 1 hour away), Dalwood Falls (aprox 10 mins away), Ti Tree Lake in Byron Bay. Tosha Falls, Marom Falls, Killen Falls.

Other falls in NSW: Tootlam Falls (North eastern NSW), Gloucester Falls (Barrington tops NSW), Problem Creek Falls at Frying Pan Rd Barrington (closer to Gold Coast)

Nearby towns: Nimbin, Lismore, Mullumbimby, Lennox Head, Ballina.

What is awesome about this spot:

The long walk through rainforresty surrounds is lovely. This spot is as much about the walk to it as it is the spot itself. It means great exercise and time out before having a snack on the rocks by the water and taking a dip.