Walking Track – Booyong Nature Reserve - Booyong


  • Booyong Nature Reserve –  one of the last remnants of “Big Scrub”
  • Known locally as a sensory playground for generations of young
  • An abundance of life to explore, from reptiles, to rare fungi
  • 20 mins from Bangalow and around 30 mins from Byron Bay and Ballina


General Information

Booyong Nature Reserve 

Copy written by Kristy Theissling from Hiking Mums Northern Rivers

Has your camping, backpacking or caravanning adventure taken you to the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales? Or are you a local looking for a kid-friendly activity in a shady, anicent Fig forest?

Why not explore Booyong Reserve –  16 hectares of original rainforest wonderland, with over 150 species of plants including incredible figs and lush, aromatic natives. The centuries old canopy that once stretched from Byron Bay to Lismore is now one of the last remnants of “Big Scrub”.

Known locally as a sensory playground for generations of young, and a lush, natural de-tox for the old, a forest-floor walking track allows easy access to wander under the shady canopy, with only the occasional fallen trunk to navigate, and an abundance of life to explore, from reptiles, to rare fungi. The spectacular Richmond Birdwing butterfly calls Booyong home, as does many wet forest birds that hide in the branches overlooking the Reserves two creeks.

Located between the townships of Eltham, Nashua, Brooklet, Fernleigh and Pearces Creek, the Booyong Nature Reserve is also a short, central and convenient drive from the regions major towns of Ballina, Lismore, Bangalow or Byron Bay on sealed roads suitable for both 2WD and 4WD.

Historically significant to the region and this walk is Red Cedar – an export industry that thrived in the late 1800s, its timber used in furniture making. Booyong Reserve has one of the few remaining examples of Red Cedar that once vastly covered the area.

Other species include the Small Leaved Fig, Pepperberry, Olivers Sassafras, Black Bean, Blush Walnut, Grey Walnut, White Booyong, Koda, White Beech, giant Francis Water Gums (some of the largest in the world), Hard Quandong and many Myrtle species.

Opposite to its entry point is the Booyong Recreation Reserve with covered picnic tables, tennis court & clubhouse, sporting field and amenities and ample parking.

There’s an Eastern loop and Western loop walk each just under 1 km.

Wander into the past by visiting this exquisite example of the rainforest that time forgot.

Why not explore this or other great walks with the Northern Rivers Hiking Mums group? Check out Byron4Kids Calendar of Events for details of the next walk and visit the Facebook Group Hiking Mums Northern Rivers to join the group to receive regular updates.