Nightcap National Park

National Park in Mullumbimby

The spectacular waterfalls, the sheer cliff of solidified lava and the dense rainforest of 80-sq-km Nightcap National Park, around 25km west of Mullumbimby, are perhaps to be expected in an area with the highest annual rainfall in NSW. It's part of the Gondwana Rainforests World Heritage Area and home to many native birds and protected creatures. From Nimbin, a 10km drive via Tuntable Falls Rd and Newton Dr leads to the edge of the park and then on to Mt Nardi (800m).

The Historic Nightcap Track (16km, 1½ days), which was stomped out by postal workers in the late 19th century, runs from Mt Nardi to Rummery Park, a picnic spot and camping ground. Peate’s Mountain Lookout, just on from Rummery Park, offers a panoramic view all the way to Byron. The Minyon Loop (7.5km, four hours) is a terrific half-day hike around the spectacular Minyon Falls, which are good for an icy splash. A largely unsealed but very scenic road leads from the Channon to the Terania Creek Picnic Area, where an easy track heads to Protestor Falls (1.4km return).