Marvellous new facilities at magnificent Minyon Falls
A spectacular new lookout and viewing platform showcasing one of Australia's best waterfalls is now open for visitors in Nightcap National Park, a renowned biodiversity hotspot.
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Director North Coast, Russell Madeley said the new facilities secure Minyon Falls as the must-see destination in Northern NSW.
"The magnificent Minyon Falls drop over 100 metres into a plunge pool surrounded by ancient rainforest.
"The new lookout and further upgrades in the precinct mean visitors can access the amazing view more easily, with new wheelchair accessibility, picnic areas and increased parking.
"250,000 people already visit Minyon Falls each year, delivering significant economic benefits to the region.
"The opening of the new site makes it easier and safer for a more diverse range of visitors to access and enjoy the national park.
"The revamp marks the completion of the first stage of a $7.5 million project that will deliver a network of walking trails winding through lush rainforests to draw visitors from the coast into the hinterland.
"These trails, including a signature 4-day walk, will be supported by facilities for day use and overnight stays, including campgrounds, picnic areas, car parks and toilets in a huge investment in sustainable visitor infrastructure.
"Minyon Falls is a culturally significant site for the Widjabul Wia-bal people and their support has been a crucial aspect of the upgrade.
"The works have been undertaken with sensitivity to the surroundings including the recycling of trees which had previously been hit by lightning.
"This project is part of the biggest infrastructure investment in NSW national parks history, delivering $450 million of priority works that benefit the community and boost nature-based tourism across the state," Mr Madeley said.