The proposed walk is the centrepiece of the Tweed Byron Hinterland Trails project, part of the largest ever investment in national parks' history. It will be an invigorating and immersive multi-day experience that traverses the ancestral lands of the Widjabul Wia-bal and Minjungbal People of the Bundjalung Nation.
Public exhibition of this draft master plan provides an opportunity for members of the community to have a say in relation to this activity proposed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).
What is being proposed?
The Tweed Byron Hinterland Walk (working title only) is a 36-kilometre, 3 night/4 day walk from the Manns Road trail head in Mount Jerusalem National Park near Uki, to Minyon Falls in Nightcap National Park.
The proposed walking track route includes:
- 27.3 kilometres of existing walking tracks and trails (i.e. park management trails and old logging trails)
- 8.3 kilometres of proposed new walking track.
Most of the multi-day walking track will be constructed and maintained to Class 4 standard (Australian Walking Track Grading System). Class 4 tracks are hiking tracks suited to self-reliant or guided bushwalkers with only basic directional signage. Track surfaces are largely natural except where prevailing environmental conditions necessitate improvements.
Three new remote walk-in camps will provide basic facilities such as tent platforms and remote toilets designed to accommodate a sustainable number of low-impact walkers at each camp.
A number of short walks and side tracks off the main walk will offer additional walking opportunities. The visitor nodes at the start and end of the walk will support and enhance the signature multi-day walk experience.
The route alignment of the multi-day walk reflects extensive environmental planning and stakeholder consultation to minimise potential environmental and cultural heritage impacts and optimise the visitor experience.