Nightcap National Park

The lush World Heritage-listed rainforest of Nightcap National Park was preserved by a determined group of conservationists. The Mt Nardi and Minyon Falls areas are easily available by car and offer breathtaking views.


Getting there

This park is near...
Lismore (30 km)


Best access routes
Nightcap National Park is 35 km north of Lismore. Road access is from one of four roads from the Richmond Valley in the south. Whian Whian Forest Drive (unsealed) is off the Lismore–Mullumbimby road. The Mount Burrel and Mount Neville areas can be accessed by foot only via the Mount Nardi and Terania Creek access routes.
Road quality: unpaved sections


Nightcap National Park can be accessed by five separate public roads from the south of the park. All are dirt with the exception of the access to Mt Nardi.
Road quality: unpaved sections


Facilities & things to do


>>Walking tracks
>>Wheelchair facilities
>>Car touring
>>4WD & trail bike touring
>>Picnics & barbecues


Natural environment

Native plant communities


Native animals
>>Native animals


Culture & history


Aboriginal heritage
The park is base for the Bundjalung nation, particularly the Widjabul people, and there are many sacred sites of cultural significance in the area.


The land and waterways, and the plants and animals that live in them, feature in all facets of Aboriginal culture – including recreational, ceremonial, spiritual and as a main source of food and medicine. They are associated with dreaming stories and cultural learning that is still passed on today. We work with local Aboriginal communities to protect this rich heritage. To find out more about Aboriginal heritage in the park, you can get in touch with the local Aboriginal community. Contact the park office for more details.

History in the park
A flying fox and shelter on the Googarna Track was used to lower logs 500 metres to the Kunghur mill during the 1940s and 1950s. The park also incorporates the Nightcap Track and Nightcap Range telegraph line, both constructed in the 1870s as the first communication links between the Richmond and Tweed valleys. Gracie's Track is a remnant section of hand-built stone pathway reputed to be constructed in the 1880s.


Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of  The New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service



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