Byron Bay Things to Do in September Part 2
Things to Do – Minyon Falls
A visit to the Byron Bay area isn’t complete without a visit to the magical Minyon Falls. This worthy walking track offers a gorgeous day out and the opportunity to experience a range of forests, pristine creeks and a spectacular waterfall in Nightcap National Park, which was added to the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Site in 1986.
Winding through Nightcap escarpment, this track is sure to both challenge and delight bushwalking fans. Leading through a rainforest to a scenic waterfall the view of the falls themselves and the coast (on a clear day) is something to behold indeed.
From the lookout, watch the cascades flow over to a deep palm-shaded gorge below that serves as a beautiful natural pool that is perfect for swimming.
Minyon Falls Byron Bay is a great place for a quick stop, but if you’d like to spend longer at this special place, there’s a picnic area with plenty of shady trees, barbecues and picnic tables. There are also a couple of bushwalks that leave from the picnic area, including one trail that follows a 4.5km route from the top of the falls, across the ridge, near Quandong Falls, down into the valley to the bottom of the Minyon falls. This track continues for 2.5km to Minyon Grass, then joins the road for 1.2km back to the falls car park to form a loop. A shorter, 2.5 km track runs from Minyon Grass to the bottom of the falls. Another walking trail in the area is the Boggy Creek Walk from the Rummery Park Campground to the top of the Falls (45 minutes each way).
Note: this walk is in a remote location and weather can be unpredictable, so ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment, and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.
Main Beach Byron Bay
Byron Bay is unique in so many ways, but one of the biggest jewels in this world famous town’s crown would have to be its beaches and right in front of the town is one of the best!
Main Beach is located directly in front of the town of Byron Bay and continues southeast toward Clarke’s Beach and the lighthouse. A large grassy park with play equipment, picnic tables and barbeques occupies the beachfront and continues south beyond the Surf Club. This beach’s safe, north-facing curve of beach offers a popular surfing break, soft white sand and turquoise ocean as far as the eye can see.
The Surf Club, which opened in 1907, is the second oldest Club north of Sydney and provides the Surf Lifesavers that patrol the beach year round.
Main Beach is popular with young swimmers and families alike, as most of the waves that reach the shore need to refract around Cape Byron, limiting wave height and providing safer swimming conditions. This also means that the surf breaks are relatively small.
Main Beach is also great for snorkelling adventures. The State’s most northerly Aquatic Reserve is positioned about 3km from the shore around the area of Julian Rocks. This area has many caves and corals that attract both tropical and temperate fish. It is a popular place for snorkelling and diving. You can also snorkel out to the Tassie II, a wreck just off the coast.
Situated between Main Beach and the Pass, Clarkes Beach is an idyllic north-facing beach with beachfront parking, amenities and Caravan Park. A protected area, with near-perfect swimming conditions all year round, the waves here are relatively small in the area, attracting many of the learn-to-surf programs.
Clarke’s beach provides ideal conditions for many water activities, including body boarding, windsurfing, paragliding, kite-surfing and long boarding. Humpback whales have also been known to frolic in the waters of the bay with their calves, as they head back to Antarctica in the wintertime.
Situated between the Fisherman’s Lookout and the headland, The Pass beach curves around, facing a north-easterly direction. Waves that refract around Cape Byron therefore run at near right angles toward the shore which can create dangerous swimming conditions but also internationally recognised surf. The positioning of the bay creates long, tubing right-handers that are considered world class and puts the Pass into the Top 15 best surf beaches in Australia.
The Fisherman’s Lookout is a large wooden structure, with a platform at the top from which you can admire the beautiful view, the crowds of surfers, fish, dolphins, and migrating whales during the Winter.
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