September 10 2016

Local Knowledge - Our Favourite Nature Trails

Here at The Candle Library we are lucky are enough to be able to call Byron Bay home.  The town is host to an abundance of beautiful cafes and restaurants, it is surrounded by at world class bay filled with marine wildlife and surfing beaches and let's not forget the divine hinterland that borders the busy little tourist hub.  

Each month we choose one candle that we keep under the spotlight, this month in line with the awakening of Spring and our endless love for nature our Candle of the Month is Nature Trail.  Keeping in mind our picturesque location and our focus for the month, it would be plain rude if we didn't share with you guys our top 3 nature trails in Byron Bay and the surrounding areas. 

  

1.  Byron Bay Lighthouse 

Arguably the most iconic activity in Byron Bay, if you have visited the town there is a good chance you have done this walk. 90% of the walk is low intensity however there is a small section which is steeper and of moderate intensity.  I personally guarantee you will be rewarded for your effort with breathtaking panoramic views from the most-easterly-point of Australia.  Depending on the time of year you visit you may be fortunate enough to spot the whales as they migrate past! 

 

2. Mt. Warning

North-west of Byron Bay and a must-do if you are in the area is Mt. Warning.  All locals will recommend you take the plunge and begin your walk from the bottom at 3:30am with headlamps.  This may seem extreme but trust me when you realise you are 1150 metres above sea level and one of the first people to see the sunrise in Australia with 360 degree views it will be worth it.  

The walk is an 8.8km return hike with and the expected duration up and back is 5 hours. Majority of the hike is of moderate difficulty however as your reach the summit there is a section which requires the assistance of a chain to climb higher.  

Our Advice: Go early, pack breakfast, wear layers, bring a camera, check the weather prior to departure. 


3. Minyon Falls 
In the beautiful Nightcap National Park lies Minyon Falls.  There are two ways to experience this beautiful waterfalls - the top or the bottom.  Access to the top of the waterfall is easy, there is a viewing platform and picnic tables surrounded by the most beautiful native flora.  
For the more adventurous among us there is 13 km return trial that takes you to the bottom of the waterfall.  Allow 3-4 hours and dress for some serious walking, there will be steep sections and some stairs but it's a top spot for photos and a swim! 
View from the Bottom - Larissa Dening Photography
View from the Top - Larissa Dening Photography

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