As the temperature starts to rise, so does the desire to grab ‘ya mates, and hit some of the various beautiful watering holes nearby. The northern parts of New South Wales offer supreme peace and quiet, a great place to get away from the big city smoke. National parks, waterfalls and pristine beaches are abundant just a short car ride away! Whether you’re new to the area or just passing by, there is something for everyone in this scenic state. Byron Bay is just the beginning: we’ve uncovered a few hidden gems worth your time.
Before you head out to visit any of these spots head to National Parks NSW and suss out exactly how to reach your destination, permits you may need and facilities available. Let’s keep the landscape Insta-worthy for generations to come, people. Be responsible, respect the nature and take any rubbish with you.
Hidden amongst the vast 5000 hectares of Mt Jerusalem National Park is this gem. It’s only approximately fifty minutes drive from Byron Bay, and is a swim stop worth bragging about. A great place to enjoy some inner monologues or meditation, depending on what you’re into. If you’ve travelled without a car don’t fret, there’s a daily run of buses taking you into the lush paradise.
Dorrigo National Park
Further inland from Never Never Creek, you will find the national park of Dorrigo. A sublime spot to go bushwalking, get acquainted with iconic Australian wildlife and to walk along the sky walk. Great place to take in the beaut scenery whilst gazing above the trees.
The most southern inland swimming hole for Byron Bay hinterland waterfall chasers. Dalwood Falls near Alstonville, on Dalwood Road offers both a fresh swim and a challenge for adrenaline seekers who are game enough to cliff jump into the swimming hole.
Another hidden gem of the hinterlands, Killen Falls lies in between Bangalow and Tintenbar along Killen Falls Drive. A short bushwalk down to the free-flowing falls is a must do for adventurers of all levels. An absolute must of a getaway.
Hands down the largest waterfall in the north, standing at almost 100 metres in height. Minyon Falls is nestled deep within Nightcap National Park and can be viewed from the top of the mountain, or a long walk to the bottom. There’s always something refreshing about feeling minuscule amongst nature. A cascade amidst the wilderness.
So I take it you would prefer to be at the beach to pass this summer of yours by? Given the option of course. Well, look no further than Brunswick Heads, which has both a lovely beach and a river to dip, soak or plunge in. Not to mention a bridge where you’ll join the locals and jump off into the salty bliss. Maybe even go all out and rent a canoe to embark up the riverine, if you so desire.
If you’re a hiker, the locals of Northern NSW will tell you to climb Mt. Warning with certainty. Hands down. The majority of the people who live in the area have conquered the mountain at least once. It takes 3-4 hours as a return journey, and involves a steep vertical climb to make it to the summit. Only fit for the enthusiastic hiker, but once at the top, spectacular 360 degree views of the shire await. Perfect for an early hours of the morning walk to make it to the top for sunrise!
Image source: Promised Lands Retreats, National Parks NSW, Brunswick Heads Tourism, Life Meets Girl, Nouw, Bushwalk.com.