Walking Track – Protesters Falls - The Channon


  • Picturesque walk in stunning Nightcap National Park
  • Approximately a 30-45 minute return walk
  • Just under an hours drive from Bangalow and about 1hr 15mins from Bryon Bay and Ballina
  • Great to combine with a visit to the monthly markets at The Channon



General Information

Protesters Falls, Nightcap National Park, The Channon

Copy written by Kristy Theissling from Hiking Mums Northern Rivers

Protesters Falls is a picturesque walk located 8 kilometres from The Channon in Nightcap National Park. Not too far to trek from Lismore, the walk was explored recently by local Hiking Mums Northern Rivers group. The walk is a 30-45 minute return walk; a mix of both an easy stride through high rainforest canopy and at times steep, short ascent over rocks to the falls themselves. The falls are named after the Terania Creek protests in the 1970s when locals rallied together to ensure the integrity and safety of the now World-heritage listed rainforest surrounds. The local community, food, produce, crafts and specialities are showcased monthly at one of the best markets in the region, The Channon Monthly Markets.  A great family day out could be to combine both the markets and the Protesters Falls walk.

The walk features include subtropical Bangalow palms, native tamarind, rainforest yellow carabeen and strangler figs. Rose-crowned fruit dove, the barred cuckoo-shrike, pademelons and rare frog species also venture nearby. There are also a couple of monitor Goannas that are regulars in the carpark and who are especially curious and easy to spot if you are up for an early start.

The “peak” section of the walk; the climb to the viewing rocks, can be crowded on weekends, so please be careful not to slip. You’ll find mostly families with babes, toddlers and school-aged children, as well as couples and grandparents on this walk. There’s a picnic area and drop toilets adjacent to the carpark.

There is no swimming allowed at this site, but you may find something nearby further downstream. Although accessible for 2WD on an unsealed road, at times of heavy rainfall the nearby creek crossings sometimes flood and make the walk inaccessible, so please check the NSW National Parks website before heading out.

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.