Minyon Falls - Nightcap National Park

National Parks - Northern NSW

Lennox Head and the northern NSW region is surrounded by stunning natural beauty.  Experience amazing views, peaceful locations, an abundance of wildlife and flora. If you get the chance, it’s well worth visiting at least one of the National Parks and sub-tropical rainforests in the Northern NSW region.  Locations such as Minyon Falls, Whian Whian Forest, Rocky Creek Dam, Nightcap Ranges, Border Ranges & Mount Warning are recommended.

Nightcap National Park

Explore ancient World Heritage-listed rainforest in Nightcap National Park.  Ideal for a day trip or overnight adventure, you’ll find great campgrounds, picnic areas, walks and stunning views.

Nightcap National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, is a dramatically beautiful park full of ancient rainforests, magical waterways and spectacular views.

The lush sub-tropical rainforest provides a home for the newly discovered nightcap oak as well as a number of threatened animal species, including Albert’s lyrebird and Fleay’s barred frog which takes shelter under leaf litter. There’s also a chance you’ll spot Koalas lazing in the Eucalyptus trees.

With easy access from Lennox Head via Lismore, you can enjoy a day trip for a  picnic, bushwalk or overnight camping trip amid the park’s escarpments, waterfalls and crystal clear creeks and enjoy incredible views of the 20 million year-old Wollumbin shield volcano.

Wollumin National Park & Mount Warning

A number of the parks in the region are members of the World Heritage Listed Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves. One of the more spectacular and noticeable natural monuments in the hinterland is Mount Warning. 

The mountain is the remnant central vent of an ancient volcano, and has a dual name. Captain Cook named it Mount Warning, but to the Aboriginal community it is known as Wollumbin. Wollumbin National Park includes the former Mount Warning National Park (both parks were combined in August 2009).

The Mount Warning Track is currently closed for safety, for more info see here 

Whian Whian State Conservation Area

In Whian Whian State Conservation Area, north of Lismore, you’ll find cycling, hiking and horse riding trails, as well as waterfalls and creeks for swimming and fishing.

Just to the north of Lismore, Whian Whian State Conservation Area was formed to protect an area that surrounds Nightcap National Park. This charming area and its surrounds are chock-full of fantastic, fun things to do outdoors.

It’s a great spot from which to enjoy some of the day walks in the area, take a picnic, or go on a mountain bike ride. For longer adventures, you can base yourself at the tranquil forest setting at Rummery Park campground. This small but well-equipped campground is popular with overnight bushwalkers undertaking the Historic Nightcap track from Mount Nardi, some 18km to the west.

There are plenty of trails in Whian Whian and Nightcap, where you can hike, cycle, or even horse ride among the ancient towering kauri, bunya and hoop pines. Native Australian animals such as goannas, kookaburras and brush-tail possums will accompany your adventures, as well as threatened species such as the spotted-tailed quoll, koalas and Albert’s lyrebird.

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Rocky Creek Dam

A beautiful place if you want to explore the Lennox Head hinterland, is Rocky Creek Dam. Rocky Creek Dam is located within the Whian Whian State Forest approximately 20km north of Lismore. Water stored in the dam is used to supply drinking water to the Northern Rivers area stretching from Woodburn in the south, north […]

Parks situated within the Northern NSW region include:

  • Boatharbour Nature Res.
  • Border Ranges National Park
  • Broadwater National Park
  • Broken Head Nature Reserve
  • Brunswick Heads Nat. Res.
  • Bundjalung National Park
  • Cape Byron State Rec. Area
  • Chaelundi National Park
  • Cudgen Nature Reserve
  • Iluka Nature Reserve
  • Koreelah National Park
  • Mallanganee National Park
  • Mebbin National Park
  • Mooball National Park
  • Moore Park Nature Reserve
  • Mt Jerusalem National Park
  • Nightcap National Park
  • Nymboida National Park
  • Richmond Range Nat. Park
  • Solitary Islands Marine Park
  • Tooloom National Park
  • Toonumbar National Park
  • Tweed Heads Historic Site
  • Tyagarah Nature Reserve
  • Victoria Park Nature Res.
  • Wilson Nature Reserve
  • Wollumbin National Park
  • Yuraygir National Park

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For more information see the National Parks website: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au