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. Killen Falls is the perfect little adventure to get away from the hype of the iconic Byron Bay.
Killen Falls is one of several waterfalls in the region and a must-see location on your visit to Byron Bay and Northern Rivers NSW. Who doesn’t love an awesome waterfall adventure, am I right?!
I have put together this complete guide of Killen Falls including how to get there, the best time to visit and what to expect!
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HOW TO GET TO KILLEN FALLS
Killen Falls is a 30-minute drive south from the main tourist hub of Byron Bay. You will need your own vehicle to get to Killen Falls Byron as there is no public transport to this area.
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Upon arriving, you will see a car park at the top of the nature reserve and you will have to hike down to Killen Falls for approximately 10 minutes. It is an easy hike through beautiful bushland and it is suitable for all levels of hikers.
The epic cave behind Killen Falls
On the trail to Killen Falls
WHAT TO EXPECT AT KILLEN FALLS BYRON BAY
There is no entrance fee to access Killen 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 towards Killen Falls, the path will fork off to the left to where you can find a wooden viewing platform that overlooks Killen 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 magnificent Killen Falls Byron Bay.
The rock has eroded significantly behind Killen Falls 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 under Killen Falls is allowed but it is not recommended for any cliff jumping as the depth of the water in the swimming hole is too shallow.
Marveling at Killen Falls
Idyllic scenes at Killen Falls
In the cave at Killen Falls Byron
BEST TIME TO VISIT KILLEN FALLS
The best time to visit Killen Falls is early morning around 8 to 9 am to beat the crowds. There are no toilet amenities here at Killen Fall waterfall so 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 Killen Falls Byron Bay it rained heavily and therefore turned the water a bit of a brown color, but by all means, the water was still clean.
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Beneath the falls at Killen Falls Byron
The cave behind Killen Falls
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 and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: The Watermark
Mid Range: Glen Villa Resort
Budget: Nomads Backpackers
KILLEN FALLS LOCATION
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The stretch of coastline and hinterland areas between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast is saturated with awesome beaches, lakes, waterfalls, hikes and all-around naturalistic adventures waiting to be had! This is what Australia is all about and what I aim to share with you all in my detailed guides.
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Another option for accommodation in Byron is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in the Byron Bay area.
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I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about Killen Falls, please drop me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!