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Byron Bay Hinterland

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Plan an adventure to one of the most beautiful hinterlands that Australia has to offer. Byron Bay hinterland boasts the famous Mount Warning and The Nightcap National Park which features the majestic Minyon Falls. Early morning and dusk are special times where the changes in light make for great photo opportunities.

Encompasing Mt Chincogan, Mt Warning and The Nightcap National Park and rolling green pastures, Byron Bay Hinterland can all be seen from Scarabelloti’s Lookout on Coolamon Scenic Drive. Early morning and dusk are special times where the changes in light make for great photo opportunities.

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The vantage point of Minyon falls overhangs a valley bursting with palms and a 100m waterfall – think Jurassic Park! You can almost see the pterodactyls swooping through the canopies. After a good rainfall, the waterfall cascades into the pool below and the mist rises from the valley floor. If you decide to walk the 4km (round trip) to the base of Minyon Falls, care should be taken, especially after any rain as the track can get quite slippery.

This is a great activity to do in winter when it’s cooler, just make sure you take a warm jacket and don’t start too late – it can get cold and dark quickly in the rainforest. In summer, take lots of water with you.

Rocky Creek Dam, near Dunoon provides a relaxing place to stop for a lunch time picnic – but keep your eyes peeled for large goannas, snakes and kookaburras.

The 30km Whian Whian Forest Drive (unsealed) takes in scenic areas such as Rummery Park, a great camping spot. There are many koalas in the area and if you drive slowly you may just see one – they are shy and not easy to spot but they are out there!

As you drive along these country roads in Byron Bay Hinterland, watch out for local fruit stalls selling lemons, herbs, peaches and other homemade items but don’t forget to marvel the views of where the bay meets the majestic hinterland. In the afternoon it is one of the most romantic drives to do.

Hidden swimming holes can be found around the Byron Bay Hinterland by asking a local. They’ll be happy to share the details with you but they are hidden and secretive for a reason – the locals would appreciate it if they stayed that way! On a hot day, these pools are perfect for a quick dip – clothing optional if you dare! The perfect way to top off a Byron Bay Hinterland adventure.

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