Arakwal National Park
Arakwal blends the convenience of Byron Bay with the appeal of a secluded beach retreat, offering birdwatching, whale watching, swimming, fishing, and picnicking.
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In 2001, a historic agreement was reached between the NSW State Government and the Byron Bay Arakwal Aboriginal community. Arakwal National Park is the result and has many guises today: it’s an important part of Aboriginal heritage; it’s a haven for migratory birds and animals; and it’s a gift to travellers looking to escape the chaos of the thriving holiday town.
Co-managed by NPWS and its traditional owners, Arakwal features 3km of gorgeous beach bordered by sand dunes and rich coastal heath. All of this is just a stone’s throw from the towering white icon of Cape Byron Lighthouse, meaning it’s closer to the town than it feels.
Bring a towel for swimming or surfing. Once you walk out of the carpark and onto the sand, you’ll forget all about Byron Bay and focus upon the birds and whale watching in the vast Pacific Ocean, which stretches as far as you can see.
Highlights in this park
Tallow Beach is 3.2km from the heart of Byron Bay and a great place for swimming, birdwatching, whale watching, beach fishing, and just throwing down ...
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Arakwal National Park is jointly managed between the Bundjalung of Byron Bay People (Arakwal) and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). The Arakwal National Park Joint Management Committee brings together the Bundjalung People with NPWS and Byron Shire Council representatives to provide advice on the management of Arakwal National Park.
- in the North Coast region
Arakwal National Park is always open but may be closed at times due to storm weather or fire danger.
(02) 6620 9300
Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
- Tallow Beach Road, Byron Bay NSW
Fax: (02) 6620 9333
- Byron Bay