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Arakwal National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Arakwal National Park.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    From Byron Bay:

    • Drive 3.2km from the town centre along Lawson Street and Lighthouse Road
    • Turn right into Tallow Beach Road and drive to the end where the Cosy Corner carpark is located

    Park entry points

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    By public transport

    For information about public transport options, visit the NSW country transport info website.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Arakwal National Park. Here are some of the highlights.


    Watch from the beach as humpback whales pass by on their way home from the Great Barrier Reef to Antarctica, many with calves.


    Take a dip at Tallow Beach to cool off from the summer heat.


    Now, the humpback whales are heading north, migrating to the Great Barrier Reef for the cooler months. Don't forget the binoculars.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature


    20.3°C and 27.2°C

    Highest recorded


    Winter temperature


    12°C and 19.8°C

    Lowest recorded



    Wettest month


    Driest month


    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day


    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).



    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the OEH pets in parks policy for more information.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Arakwal National Park


    Nearby towns

    Byron Bay (2 km)

    Byron Bay is Australia's easternmost town and 'style capital' of the North Coast. It's a place of outstanding natural beauty, set against lush volcanic hills.

    Mullumbimby (21 km)

    Mullumbimby sits on the Brunswick River and is overshadowed by subtropical hills.

    Ballina (30 km)

    Ballina is a bustling holiday town and service centre and home of the Big Prawn. It's situated at the mouth of the Richmond River, close to superb beaches.

    Tallow Beach, Arakwal National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government