Things To Do & See
The Northern Rivers is a vibrant and unique region in New South Wales. This is a wonderful part of the world with breathtaking scenery, interesting people and diverse towns. Perhaps you are a Northern Rivers local looking for a secret spot you haven’t come across before, or perhaps you have recently moved to region. Whoever you are, Heartland Media provides a list of places of interest for you to visit and enjoy.
NOTE: Swimming in creeks and waterholes adjacent to the walking track is prohibited, as Protestor’s Falls is a vital habitat of the endangered Fleay’s barred frog.
This month we visited Protestor’s Falls in the Nightcap National Park past Lismore.
The area got its name from 300 environmental activists, swelling to over 2000, who defended and protected this spot when loggers were set to start work on clearing the forests in August 1979.
Protestor’s Falls is located approximately 15km from The Channon village.
The road is winding and unsealed, so make sure that you take care while driving, especially around bends.
It is suitable for all types of cars, including hatchbacks, as long as you take it easy.
The road ends at the Terania Creek picnic area, which includes a car park.
This short walking track, approximately 1.5km, is ideal for families and those who enjoy an easy hike.
It includes climbing up some boulders, so a level of mobility is required.
You begin walking along a beautiful timber boardwalk before crossing a small creek.
As you hike along the dirt (or mud when it’s wet!) path, you follow the creek and little cascades into the rainforest.
Trees and ferns shade the track, as well as providing support for the climbing sections of the path.
Along the path, there are giant, ancient trees that make it hard to pay attention where you are walking because you can’t help but look up at them (or maybe that was just me).
The track ends at a pile of boulders that you climb to view the waterfall and waterhole.
When I visited, it had rained a few days earlier, and the waterfall was flowing.
While I didn’t see ticks or leeches, make sure you pack insect repellent just to be sure.
Even though NSW NP&WS prohibits swimming in the water, the scenery is enough to justify the journey.
Like most places, words cannot describe how beautiful it was, so I’ll just let the photographs speak for themselves.
A visit to Protestor’s Falls after some rain is a must-do for any Northern Rivers resident.
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service warns that the area may be subject to temporary closure due to flash flooding, during or after, heavy periods of rain. Please pay attention to any warning signs.
Whian Whian Falls
Have you ever heard of Whian Whian Falls?
No? If you are a local and haven’t heard of it, don’t be alarmed.
Not many people have.
Whian Whian Falls is a beautiful little oasis tucked away past Dunoon.
The way isn’t signposted, and the carpark is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sort of thing.
Many people take the right hand turn at Whian Whian Road to go to Rocky Creek Dam, but for Whian Whian Falls, turn left.
Once you have parked, there is a small dirt track along a property fence.
If you follow that well-worn path, it will lead you straight to paradise.
The waters of Whian Whian Falls are cool and clear (and sometimes very cold!).
There are eels and fish at the Falls, but nothing too dangerous as long as you take the necessary precautions and keep an eye out for snakes.
Small cascades and waterholes sprawl out below the falls, offering peace and privacy if the main waterhole is busy.
The forest surrounding the falls are beautiful, with some very old trees, so feel free to explore a little.
While you are visiting, you may see people jumping off the cliffs, but be warned.
People have been seriously injured jumping off the falls, so do so at your own risk.
The sheer beauty and peace of Whian Whian Falls makes it a must-visit.
It may be a little bit out of the way, but trust me, it’s well worth the adventure.
THINGS TO DO
Operating since 1998, the Richmond River Trail Horse Riders Club are looking for more participants to join in the fun.
The club hosts trails rides across the Northern Rivers on the third weekend of every month.
The rides cover a wide range of terrain in the area, and also includes an (optional) two day camp-over.
But if you aren’t interested in camping, you can also choose to participate in a one day ride.
The club is open to riders of all ages, as long as you are confident and comfortable with being in the saddle.
To view Richmond River Trail Horse Riders Club’s 2017 trail ride calendar, please visit their Facebook page.
Contact Wendy if you are interested or would like some more information:
Phone: 02 6686 4274
Mobile: 0414 668 725