Rivers & Waterfalls

Byron Bay is located in the Northern Rivers region – so named for its many rivers.

The three major rivers traversing the Northern River countryside are:

  • Tweed River – the towns located along the Tweed River are Murwillumbah and the river meets the sea at Tweed Heads.
  • Richmond River – the towns located along the Richmond River include Kyogle, Casino, Coraki, Woodburn, Bradwater and it meets the sea at Ballina.
  • Clarence River – the towns located along the Clarence include Grafton and it meets the sea at Iluka/Yamba.

These three rivers define the region and vaguely divide the region into three river valley’s. There are other smaller rivers and tributares which run into these three major rivers including the Wilson’s River (which meets the Richmond River at Coraki), the Brunswick River (which flows from Main Arm through Mullumbimby going

out to sea at Brunswick Heads)¬†and many smaller creeks and estuary’s throughout the hinterland and along the beaches.

There are many waterfalls located along the creeks and rivers, however many are on private land. The most spectacular of all waterfalls after rain is Minyon Falls, located in Nightcap National Park. Also of note are Protester Falls (also in Nightcap National Park) and Killen Falls near Ballina.


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