Today, my little wombats, I am coming to you with a series of photos from a morning spent at the spectacular Minyon Falls. This 100-metre plunge waterfall is inconspicuously located in the heart of Nightcap National Park just 45-minutes west of Byron Bay and 2-and-a-half hours south of Brisbane. And boy-oh-boy, I don’t even possess the vocabulary to describe to you guys just how phenomenal it felt to stand at the base of such a gigantean waterfall. The sheer force and impressive scale of Minyon Falls was enough to render me completely wide-eyed and speechless. And for the first time in a long time, I felt a decent level of hesitancy to go beyond the 15 or so metres from where I stood.
In terms of getting to Minyon Falls itself, the drive was nothing short of aesthetically stunning and the road itself proved relatively inoffensive. But in saying that, I probably wouldn’t recommend taking on these roads in a low-profile vehicle; a lesson Rhett and I quickly and very painfully learnt as we were confronted with pot-hole after pot-hole and metre-long rut after metre-long rut.
And something else that I feel is worth noting: there exists two walking tracks that will get you to the base of Minyon Falls. The first option is a 4 to 5 hour return hike – otherwise known as the Minyon Loop Walking Track – and is estimated to be approximately 7.5 kilometres in distance. Which is a considerable effort in my kind-of-lazy-person opinion, and I don’t care how beautiful or worthwhile the walk might turn out to be. So with that being said, I have some fantastic news! The second track, the one that begins at ‘Minyon Grass Picnic Area’, is less than half the distance of the first route and shouldn’t take more than 2-hours to complete. And yes, it absolutely goes without saying which path Rhett and I chose to take. Hehe.
So, unfortunately I can only really speak of my experience walking the second-and-substantially-much-shorter track. But I am pleased to report that this walk proved fairly pain-free with the majority of the path being clearly defined and well-worn. However, that level of comfort did abruptly stop once we arrived to the last leg of the track (approx. 5 to 10-minutes from the waterfall’s base) where Rhett and I found ourselves scrambling up and over slippery rock surfaces, crawling under fallen tree branches and playing spot-the-tiny-red-arrows with the marksman focus of trying our hardest not to get lost. Which was actually pretty fun. And all-in-all, I would have to say that the walk to Minyon Falls has quickly become one of my all-time favourites. Because despite the scramble towards the end and the strenuous hike back up, the sweeping panoramic views and the almost ethereal natural environment that seemed to shroud our every footstep, made all our efforts feel utterly worthwhile.
In summary, should anybody find themselves within a 100-km radius of this area, I honestly cannot recommend taking a trip to Minyon Falls enough. The grandeur and sheer scale of this phenomenal landmark had Rhett and I craning our necks back and even with our best efforts, we were just unable to capture a photo that did this waterfall a sliver of justice. Minyon Falls is, without a doubt, one sight that simply needs to be seen in person. And I have no doubt that Rhett and I will be returning with our friends and family in tow.
Once again, I hope you guys enjoyed coming along with me on yet another Queensland-based adventure and I hope that everybody had an incredible weekend or weekday! 🙂
Love Linda, xo