Minyon Falls currently attracts over 250,000 visitors per year and will become one of the access hubs for the multi-day walk proposed as part of the Tweed Byron Hinterland Trails project. While the Minyon Falls lookout platform and walk to the base of the falls are both impressive, existing visitor infrastructure at the day use area does not meet the outstanding appeal of the site. There is a poor sense of arrival in the existing picnic area, timeworn picnic shelters, pathways and outdated signage, and lack of elements to draw visitors to natural features and beyond. There is also a lack of clear flow and direction to the walking tracks, and a need to update site interpretation in consultation with the Widjabul Wia-bul people, the Native Title Claimants for the area. Overall, there is a need for an extensive upgrade to improve the presentation of the Minyon Falls Precinct.
The proposed concept intends to deliver an exceptional visitor destination while minimising impact on the natural setting. The main entry picnic area is to be greatly improved, with curved grassed terraces beside a winding access pathway, improving the sense of arrival. A storytelling theme is proposed along this pathway to engage the visitor and draw them towards the Minyon Falls lookout. An architecturally designed shelter also offers a flexible gathering space to activate the area close to the lookout, and the viewing platform itself will be upgraded with a new curved structure.
Minyon Grass picnic area will receive a minor upgrade with refreshed picnic facilities, toilets and carpark.