Killen Falls In Byron Bay – A Complete Guide

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Killen Falls is a magnificent cave waterfall that spits out of Emigrant Creek to a 10-meter drop and into a shallow rock pool below. It’s the perfect little adventure to get away from the bustling streets of Byron Bay and enjoy some peace and quiet in nature. 

I have put together this complete guide of Killen Falls including how to get there, the best time to visit, and what to expect when you arrive.

 

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WHERE IS KILLEN FALLS?

Killen Falls is a 30-minute drive southwest of the main tourist hub of Byron Bay.

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HOW TO GET TO KILLEN FALLS

You will need your own vehicle to get to Killen Falls Byron as there is no public transport to this area.

Upon arriving, you will see a car park at the top of the nature reserve and you will have to hike down to the falls for approximately 10 minutes.

It’s an easy hike through beautiful bushland and it’s suitable for people of all ages.

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KILLEN FALLS TOUR FROM BYRON

Another alternative to visiting this awesome location is to book a full-day tour to see the highlights west of Byron Bay.

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This full-day tour covers some of the best spots west of Byron Bay including Killen Falls, the Eltham Hotel, Nimbin town, and Nimbin Rocks!

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT KILLEN FALLS BYRON BAY

There is no entrance fee to access the falls, so just park your car in the parking lot and follow the signs down to the waterfall.

As you begin the walk down the trail, the path will fork off to the left to where you can find a wooden viewing platform that overlooks the falls from above.

The water source that creates this beautiful waterfall flows out of Emigrant Creek and down the valley till it reaches a 10-meter drop into a large swimming hole below.

When you reach the bottom of the trail, you will hike along large river stones on the creek’s edge till you reach the swimming hole and the main attraction.

The rock has eroded significantly behind the waterfall which forms an impressive cave that you can walk into and get behind the falls. You can also scale around the larger cliffs in the bowl-like amphitheater and find yourself in some other smaller caves.

Swimming beneath the falls is allowed but it’s not recommended for any cliff jumping as the depth of the water in the swimming hole is too shallow.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit is early morning around 8 to 9 am to beat the crowds. There are no toilet amenities here, so just be mindful of that.

You will also have to take your own food and water as there is no means of a shop in the area, and an even better excuse for a picnic down by the falls.

The water temperature is quite fresh in the mornings and afternoons, but once the sun’s rays fill up the amphitheater and the swimming hole, it quickly becomes more bearable and enjoyable.

The day before I visited it rained heavily and therefore turned the water a brown color, but by all means, the water was still clean and refreshing.

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WHERE TO STAY NEAR KILLEN FALLS

Killen Falls is best visited on a day trip from Byron Bay. There are countless accommodation options to choose from in Byron so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.

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Another option for accommodation in Byron is to stay in an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals!

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OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST

The coastline and hinterland areas between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast boasts awesome beaches, lakes, waterfalls, hikes, and many more fun-fuelled adventures waiting to be had!

This is what Australia is all about and what I aim to share with you all in these guides.

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