This project will deliver high-quality nature-based visitor experiences in the Tweed, Byron and Lismore region to boost the NSW visitor economy and community wellbeing.
Tweed Byron Hinterland Trails will see new sustainable visitor infrastructure in the Mount Jerusalem and Nightcap national parks and Whian Whian State Conservation Area, focusing on a signature walk from near the village of Uki to Minyon Falls in the NSW North Coast hinterland.
What the project involves
Characterised by lush rainforests, mountain views, countless waterfalls and hidden rockpools set within the remnant caldera of an ancient shield volcano, this region has the potential for a range of new recreational opportunities.
We plan to develop a network of tracks offering short to medium walks supported by visitor hubs offering facilities for day use and overnight stays, including campgrounds, picnic areas, car park and toilets.
The 4-day walk from near Uki to Minyon Falls will be purpose-designed to provide the walker with the ultimate rainforest experience. A minimal impact approach, using existing trails and allowing the natural elements to determine the route, will reduce the need for extensive trail construction. The walk will be able to be undertaken as self-guided, or through commercial tour operators offering various levels of assistance to individuals or groups, with the National Parks and Wildlife Service fostering these partnership opportunities.
The Minyon Falls visitor precinct will have a major upgrade, enhancing the lookout and picnic area at Minyon Falls. A new trail head will also be developed near Unicorn Falls in Mount Jerusalem National Park.
The project seeks to acknowledge the Aboriginal significance of Wollumbin National Park and to minimise visitor impacts on the Wollumbin Summit Walk.