Hiking Guide: Killen Falls

Updated: Jan 25, 2019

What once was a local’s secret hidden in the Byron Bay hinterland, Killen Falls is now a popular spot for backpackers and day trippers, located only 10 minutes off the Pacific Highway.

The goblet-like swimming hole lets you walk behind the waterfall and there’s plenty of spots to set up a picnic for the day. The falls are ideal after a nice amount of rain – they can reduce down to a slight drizzle during the drier months.


Location: Byron Bay, Australia

Type: Waterfall

Entrance fee: No

Altitude: NA

Trip duration: 20 minutes to waterfall

Sweat O’Meter: 💧

Before you go

Pack: Water and lunch, picnic rug and a towel.

Wear: Swimmers and enclosed shoes (makes it easier to rock hop to the waterfall).

Getting to the starting point

Killen Falls is located in the backstreets of Tintenbar, 10 minutes of the Pacific Motorway. Take the Lennox Head/Ross Lane exit, turn left at the roundabout onto Tamarind Drive, turn right onto Tintenbar Road, then right onto Friday Hut Road and right again onto Killen Falls Drive. Follow this right to the end and you will reach the carpark.

Getting onto the trail

The trail begins right at the end of the carpark– don’t forget to lock your car.

The Hike

The track will lead you through scattered bush next to a fence and someone’s property.Eventually it will begin to sharply descend down to the creek, where you will turn left and follow the trail next to the creek upstream.The sound of the waterfall will become louder and you may need to rock hop if the creek level is higher than usual.

Reaching the destination

Eventually the creek will open up to the goblet-like swimming hole and Killen Falls.Find yourself a spot to set up and enjoy exploring the cave, swimming in the pool and under the waterfall. Be careful – the water level changes regularly and can become incredibly shallow. Do not dive or jump into the water.


Follow the same path back down the creek and up to the carpark.

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