KILLEN FALLS IN BYRON BAY – A COMPLETE GUIDE

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DISCOVER KILLEN FALLS IN BYRON BAY!

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 when you arrive at Killen Falls.

 

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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.

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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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 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 Killen 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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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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Luxury: The Watermark

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Mid Range: Glen Villa Resort

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Budget: Nomads Backpackers

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KILLEN FALLS LOCATION

 

OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST NEAR KILLEN FALLS

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.

You may want to see my other related posts near Killen Falls in the Northern NSW region:

 

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MORE AUSTRALIA TRAVEL GUIDES

• Gold Coast: 3 Day Gold Coast Itinerary

• Gold Coast: 11 Best Gold Coast Beaches

• Springbrook: Springbrook Waterfalls

• Currumbin: Currumbin Rock Pools

• Brisbane: Things To Do In Brisbane

• Byron Bay: Things To Do In Byron Bay

• Sydney: Things To Do In Sydney

• Melbourne: Things To Do In Melbourne

• Fraser Island: Fraser Island Day Trip

 

WHAT TO PACK FOR KILLEN FALLS

 

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Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.

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Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.

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Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.

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MY CAMERA GEAR

 

Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included. 

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Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.

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GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!

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Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket. 

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Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!

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Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.

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GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!

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Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.

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External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.

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FINAL THOUGHTS OF KILLEN FALLS

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!

Happy Adventuring!

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