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Escape the bustling Byron coast into the hinterland to experience nature at Killen Falls. Drive on quiet country roads for about twenty minutes from Ballina, or thirty minutes from Byron Bay and Lismore, through beautiful undulating countryside covered in macadamia and coffee plantations to get there.
The remnant of big scrub rainforest, surrounding Emigrant Creek, is just off Friday Hut Road. It is open all day but is not lit at night. There is a small parking area but no other facilities apart from a toilet and some picnic tables. You will need to bring plenty of water and some food if you wish to stay awhile.
There are a couple of walking tracks, one leading down to the base of the falls and the other paved path to a lookout over Emigrant Creek Dam. Shortly along the Killen Falls walking track, there is a platform that gives good views of the top of the waterfall, this is about 660 metres return.
Continue on down the rocky rough path which leads to the base of the falls. A handrail has recently been installed which assists the passage over the descent on the uneven path. Look out and listen for birdlife; we spotted lots of brush turkeys building mounds as well as some kingfishers and honey-eaters. Once you reach the creek at the bottom, you turn to the right and choose your own way over the slippery rocks to get to the base of the falls. It is even possible to go into the cave behind the falls.
Families can do this walk but need to take care, especially after rain. Older children would love scrambling over the rocks. The 200m walk to the dam lookout is fully paved and landscaped and would be suitable for prams and wheelchairs but has a slight ascent. It is a pretty walk and has lots of information boards that give an insight into aquatic ecosystems and the water catchment area.