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Byron Bay lighthouse tour

Cape Byron State Conservation Area

Overview

Take this short guided tour of Cape Byron Lighthouse. During whale migration season, it's one of the best places in NSW to spot whales.

When

10am – 3pm daily

Where
Cape Byron Lighthouse, Cape Byron State Conservation Area
Grade
Medium. Suitable for adults and children 5 years and over.
Price

Gold coin donation

Meeting point
Cape Byron Lighthouse, Byron Bay
Bookings
No bookings required for these 20 minute tours. For more information, phone the NPWS Cape Byron Lighthouse office on (02) 6620 9300.
Availability
Tours available every 20 minutes, 10am – 3pm, depending on suitable weather and availability (closed Christmas Day).

Join a volunteer-run lighthouse tour to the top of the lighthouse and take advantage of the 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean from the most easterly point on the Australian mainland. The official whale watching season runs from May to November each year. A wide variety of migratory and non-migratory whale species inhabit east coast waters, and whale watching opportunities exist year round.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/guided-tours/byron-bay-lighthouse-tour/local-alerts

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Byron Bay lighthouse tour.

Getting there and parking

Cape Byron Lighthouse is 2km east of the Byron Bay town centre. To get there, take Lawson Street (which becomes Lighthouse Road) and follow it to the lighthouse.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Limited parking is available at Cape Byron Lighthouse and an $8 car entry fee applies.

Maps and downloads

Accessibility

Not wheelchair-accessible

Visitor centre

Learn more

Byron Bay lighthouse tour is in Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Cape Byron Lighthouse

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer

Perched high above Byron Bay's glorious coastline, historic Cape Byron lighthouse was constructed on this rugged headland in 1901. Its landmark 22m high white tower houses the light that still illuminates the bay of an evening. To find out more about the lighthouse take a tour with an expert guide and be sure to check out the Maritime Museum. In days gone by, lighthouse keepers were responsible for igniting the lighthouse's light of an evening. The keepers have long been replaced by automated light systems; however the Victorian Georgian style cottages in which they lived remain as heritage listed buildings. Today they operate as holiday accommodation, having been carefully restored to offer modern convenience while retaining their historical charm and an insight into the life of a lighthouse keeper.

  • Bound For Cape Byron: Walk and lighthouse tour Put on your seafaring cap and walking boots, and join an NPWS guide on an informative 2-hour, 1km guided tour around stunning and iconic Cape Byron, Cape Byron State Conservation Area.
  • Byron Bay historic private lighthouse tour Immerse yourself in the history of Cape Byron Lighthouse. Imagine yourself in a lighthouse keeper's shoes on this private guided tour of iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse.
  • Lighthouse Keepers Lunch Join a National Parks guide to explore the popular children’s book 'The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch' at the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse. You'll learn all about the world’s tallest, oldest and most colourful lighthouse on this school excursion for Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten) students.
  • Lighthouse Keepers Lunch Join a National Parks guide to explore the popular children’s book 'The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch' at the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse. You'll learn all about the world’s tallest, oldest and most colourful lighthouse on this school excursion for Stage 1 (Years 1-2) students focusing on HSIE.
  • Walgun walk and cultural experience Walgun walk and cultural experience is a school excursion in Cape Byron State Conservation Area focusing on Stage 6 Aboriginal Studies, Community Study (Years 11-12). Join traditional custodians to learn about Arakwal Bundjalung People's ongoing connection to Country.
  • Walgun walk and cultural experience Walgun walk and cultural experience is a school excursion in Cape Byron State Conservation Area focusing on Stage 5 History (Years 9-10). Join traditional custodians to learn about Arakwal Bundjalung People’s ongoing connection to Country.
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Keepers of Country

The Pass, Cape Byron State  Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer

Walgun, as Cape Byron is known by its traditional custodians, maintains spiritual, cultural and historical importance for the Bundjalung of Byron Bay (Arakwal) Aboriginal People. The pipi midden (shell mound) at The Pass is one of the largest and oldest in far north NSW.

  • Dolphin dreaming Dolphin dreaming is a Stage 1 (Years 1-2) school excursion in Cape Byron State Conservation Area, focusing on HSIE. Through story, dance and creative expression, Arakwal Aboriginal guides present the life and culture of Byron Bay's Aboriginal people.
  • Dolphin dreaming Dolphin dreaming is an Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten) school excursion in Cape Byron State Conservation Area, focusing on HSIE. Through story, dance and creative expression, Arakwal Aboriginal guides present the life and culture of Byron Bay's Aboriginal people.
  • Dolphin Dreaming Dolphin dreaming is a Stage 2 (Years 3-4) school excursion in Cape Byron State Conservation Area, focusing on HSIE Geography outcomes. Through story, dance and creative expression, Arakwal Aboriginal guides present the life and culture of Byron Bay's Aboriginal people.
  • Dolphin Dreaming Dolphin dreaming is a Stage 3 (Years 5-6) school excursion in Cape Byron State Conservation Area, focusing on HSIE Geography outcomes. Through story, dance and creative expression, Arakwal Aboriginal guides present the life and culture of Byron Bay's Aboriginal people.
  • Palm Valley Palm Valley, or ‘The Pass,’ offers well-equipped picnic areas right by the beach, plus a popular café, several walking tracks, and access to the Fishermans lookout.
  • Walgun walk and cultural experience Walgun walk and cultural experience is a school excursion in Cape Byron State Conservation Area focusing on Stage 6 Aboriginal Studies, Community Study (Years 11-12). Join traditional custodians to learn about Arakwal Bundjalung People's ongoing connection to Country.
  • Walgun walk and cultural experience Walgun walk and cultural experience is a school excursion in Cape Byron State Conservation Area focusing on Stage 5 History (Years 9-10). Join traditional custodians to learn about Arakwal Bundjalung People’s ongoing connection to Country.
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View from the top

Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae). Photo: Wayne G Reynolds

Cape Byron State Conservation Area is part of a significant north-to-south regional corridor for migratory animals, including the fruit dove and cuckoo shrike. Locals you might be lucky enough to spot while touring the area include threatened wallabies and sea eagles. A peaceful walk through the area’s serene littoral rainforest, with plant life; such as laurel trees, white lace flowers and basket ferns, to admire along the way, is sure to further enrich your experience of the Cape Byron area.

  • Cape Byron walking track Enjoy spectacular coastal views along the Cape Byron walking track that takes you on a hike through rainforest, beach, grassland and clifftops to the lighthouse. Check out a virtual tour of Cape Byron with the imagery captured by the Google Street View Trekker.
  • Lighthouse Keepers Lunch Join a National Parks guide to explore the popular children’s book 'The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch' at the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse. You'll learn all about the world’s tallest, oldest and most colourful lighthouse on this school excursion for Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten) students.
  • Lighthouse Keepers Lunch Join a National Parks guide to explore the popular children’s book 'The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch' at the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse. You'll learn all about the world’s tallest, oldest and most colourful lighthouse on this school excursion for Stage 1 (Years 1-2) students focusing on HSIE.
  • Wategos Beach Located just north west of Cape Byron and the lighthouse, Wategos Beach is one of Byron’s best places to picnic, paddle and play.
  • Whale secrets Whale secrets is a school excursion in Cape Byron State Conservation Area for Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten) students focusing on HSIE. Discover the secrets of whales through a playful mix of drama, games, story and ocean discovery.
  • Whale Secrets Whale secrets is a school excursion in Cape Byron State Conservation Area for Stage 1 (Years 1-2) students focusing on Science and Technology. Discover the secrets of whales through a playful mix of drama, games, story and ocean discovery.
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Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Australian pelican. Photo: Rob Cleary

    Australian pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus)

    The curious pelican is Australia’s largest flying bird and has the longest bill of any bird in the world. These Australian birds are found throughout Australian waterways and the pelican uses its throat pouch to trawl for fish. Pelicans breed all year round, congregating in large colonies on secluded beaches and islands.

  • Australian brush turkey, Sea Acres National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    Australian brush turkey (Alectura lathami)

    The Australian brush turkey, also known as bush or scrub turkey, can be found in rainforests along eastern NSW. With a striking red head, blue-black plumage and booming call, these distinctive Australian birds are easy to spot while bird watching in several NSW national parks.

  • Superb fairy wren. Photo: Ingo Oeland

    Superb fairy wren (Malurus cyaneus)

    The striking blue and black plumage of the adult male superb fairy wren makes for colourful bird watching across south-eastern Australia. The sociable superb fairy wrens, or blue wrens, are Australian birds living in groups consisting of a dominant male, mouse-brown female ‘jenny wrens’ and several tawny-brown juveniles.

Plants

  • Wonga Wonga vine. Photo: Barry Collier

    Wonga wonga vine (Pandorea pandorana)

    The wonga wonga vine is a widespread vigorous climber usually found along eastern Australia. A variation of the plant occurs in the central desert, where it resembles a sprawling shrub. One of the more common Australian native plants, the wonga wonga vine produces bell-shaped white or yellow flowers in the spring, followed by a large oblong-shaped seed pod.

  • Cabbage tree palm, Budderoo National Park. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

    Cabbage palm (Livistona australis)

    With glossy green leaves spanning 3-4m in length and a trunk reaching a height of up to 30m, the cabbage tree palm, or fan palm, is one of the tallest Australian native plants. Thriving in rainforest margins along the east coast of NSW, in summer this giant palm produces striking spikes of cream flowers which resemble cabbages.

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Spiral staircase inside the lighthouse. Photo: John Spencer