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There are a few picnic spots near Emigrant Creek Dam that are accessible from the carpark.
There are two beautiful walks accessible from the Emigrant Creek Dam carpark.
This pleasant scenic drive around Emigrant Creek Dam catchment area takes you through cattle pastures, macadamia farms, beside creeks and through patches of forest, and the village of Newrybar.
From the carpark, return along Killen Falls Road and take a right at Friday Hut Road, which passes the dam, then the Water Treatment Plant on your right, followed by Emigrant Creek itself for about a kilometre. You will then pass through several macadamia farms and some cattle pastures before you reach a crossroad, where you can turn right into Brooklet Road, which takes you into the village of Newrybar. You are now on the outer rim of the catchment area. Turn left at the Pacific Highway and then very soon take the next right into Broken Head Road, which takes you around the upper catchment of Emigrant Creek. Turn right at Old Byron Bay Road, which takes you down the eastern rim of the upper catchment back to the Pacific Highway. From there you can turn left down the Pacific Highway (past Knockrow Reservoir) and follow the directions back to Emigrant Creek Dam or drive home.
For a map of the catchment, download the information sheet, Emigrant Creek Catchment.
This gently-sloping 200m walk winds its way from the carpark up through recently replanted rainforest to a lookout over the dam. On the way, you will discover new things about your place in the water cycle and what you can do to help care for our shared water supply.
You can learn about these things by reading the colourful signs, complete with illustrations, photos and messages from the forest creatures. Each sign has a matching information sheet that you can take along on your walk to get a deeper understanding of each topic. You can download them here.
The Water Walk Guide: Emigrant Creek Dam
This beautifully photographed and illustrated book is an important source of information about our place in the water cycle. It is also a guide to the Water Walk at Emigrant Creek Dam, including educational experiences for your head, heart and hands. 96 pages. Available free from the Rous County Council office in Lismore.
Njabai (Water): A Widjabul Creation Story
A traditional story told by Aboriginal custodians of our water catchments about the importance of water to all living things. Illustrated with Widjabul and other artwork, and historical photographs. This story is told in English and Bundjalung Nation dialect. 20 pages. Available free from the Rous County Council office in Lismore.