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Cape Byron Lighthouse

Cape Byron State Conservation Area

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Cape Byron Lighthouse 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 The keepers have long been replaced by automated light systems; however the Victorian Georgian style cottages in which they lived remain as heritage listed buildings.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 colo...
  • 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 colo...
  • 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 ...

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 ...
  • 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 pr...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 5 History (Years 9-10). Join traditional custodians to learn about Arakwal Bundjalung ...
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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...
  • Kayak with the dolphins Paddle with the dolphins, turtles and the whales that frequent the enticing waters of Byron Bay. You'll get surf some of Australia’s most famous waves on this kayaking tour.
  • 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 colo...
  • 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 colo...
  • 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, gam...
  • 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 d...
  • Wild About Whales: Cape Byron whale census Are you wild about whales? Come along and count whales with us in Australia's official whale census at Cape Byron, Byron Bay.
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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.

Spiral staircase inside the lighthouse. Photo: John Spencer