Only an hours drive away from Byron Bay, Nightcap National Park is situated in north-eastern NSW and forms part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, the largest area of subtropical rainforest in the world.
Located near Ballina, Killen Falls is an easily accessible destination that offers a lovely short walk through regenerating sub-tropical rainforest to a refreshing watering hole. Surrounded by cliffs on three sides, the cosy pool is nested in a gully of ferns and is fed by the Emigrant Creek dam shortly upstream at the aptly named Fernleigh. The bed of the pool is quite rocky so don’t forget to bring reefs sandals and if you are lucky enough you will see the resident turtles that inhabit this gem of a place.
Karijini National Park is simply one of the most spectacular places on earth. Standing at Junction Pool Lookout you will be awed into silence at the utter beauty of the landscape before you. Intense red chasms suddenly plunge deep into the heart of the earth from the spinifex plains above. The world above and below are like different countries.
Visiting Mornington Sanctuary is a major highlight of the Gibb River Road and well worth the 80km detour. Owned and managed by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC), Mornington is one of 23 properties across Australia that has been procured for conservation purposes, making AWC the largest private owner of conservation land in the country.
The landscape along the Gibb River Road is mostly savannah plains with short trees, except for where the land is abruptly and almost secretly, carved up into gorges. There are many such hidden gorges along the way including Manning Gorge, Galvans Gorge and Bell Gorge, in addition to those found in the stations.