Itineraries & Trails
Lismore to Minyon Falls – Scenic Drive
Lismore, Rocky Creek Dam & Minyon Falls
Heading west from Lismore, cross over the Wilson River and turn right at the first roundabout onto Bridge Street and then left into Terania Street. Take the first turn right after the railway bridge into Tweed Street and continue along Dunoon Road. Dunoon is a 20minute drive from Lismore and known as the Macadamia Capital of Australia.
As you approach Dunoon, lookout for and visit the processing plant of Macadamias International Australia. Although factory tours are not available to the general public, there are a wide variety of macadamia products available for sale in the reception area of the factory. Macadamias can also be purchased at the Dunoon General Store and from roadside stalls. Mayfield’s Restaurant located in the Sport & Recreation Club is perfect for lunch or dinner and the Dunoon Emporium on James Street has a unique range of locally handcrafted arts, crafts and food products.
Travel through Dunoon Village and take the left Rocky Creek Dam turnoff. Rocky Creek Dam is a favourite picnic spot, has spectacular views and three walking tracks to explore the lush environment. There are barbecue facilities, a children’s playground and you may even be lucky to view a platypus from the elevated boardwalk.
Retrace your steps along Rocky Creek Dam Road and turn left into Dorroughby-Repentance Creek Road. Continue through Dorroughby and turn left into Nightcap Ranges Road until you arrive at Nightcap National Park, one of the lushest and best-preserved expanses of subtropical rainforests in NSW. There are 5000 hectares and are World Heritage listed. The sheer cliffs, lush green gullies and spectacular waterfalls are relics of the area’s volcanic past and well worth exploring.
Rummery Park is an idyllic spot for camping or a picnic and the regrowth forest around the Park is home to a colony of Koalas. You can take a short walk up Boggy Creek, to Minyon Falls which plunge 100 metres into the deep palm shaded gorge below. On clear days there are views to the ocean from the waterfall’s edge. The viewing platform is wheelchair accessible. The Minyon Loop Walk will take you through changing vegetation to the base of the falls past a large Brushbox stand and along the escarpment edge. But just remember this walk has a steep climb out.
Return to Lismore via Rosebank, which is dotted with macadamia and coffee plantations and home to Rosebank Gold, the very first coffee plantation in the region.
- Rocky Creek Dam
- Dunoon Emporium
- Mayfield’s Restaurant – Dunoon Sport & Recreation Club
- Minyon Falls
- Rummery Park
- Nightcap National Park