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Cape Byron State Conservation Area

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Cape Byron State Conservation Area.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Get directions to key locations in Cape Byron State Conservation Area:

    Park entry points

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    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 Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Here are some of the highlights.

    Spring

    With the weather being a bit cooler, it's the perfect time of year for walking, barbecues and picnics on the beach.

    Summer

    Summer holidays beckon you – enjoy swimming, snorkelling, surfing, building sandcastles, or relaxing in the shade.

    Winter

    Cape Byron is a great spot to watch for whales on their annual migration - remember to take binoculars.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    22°C and 27°C

    Highest recorded

    35.1°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    15°C and 21°C

    Lowest recorded

    3.3°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    March

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    350.4mm

    Facilities

    Maps and downloads

    Fees and passes

    Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per hour/$4 per hour motorcycles at the Cape Byron Lighthouse and Information Centre carpark.

    $4 per vehicle per hour at Captain Cook lookout, Cosy Corner, and The Pass carparks.

    There's coin-operated and credit card payment facilities.

    • All Parks Pass - For all parks in NSW (including Kosciuszko NP) $190 (1 year) / $335 (2 years)
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    • Multi-Park Pass - For all parks in NSW (except Kosciuszko) $65 (1 year) / $115 (2 years)
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    • Country Parks Pass - For all parks in Country NSW (except Kosciuszko) $45 (1 year) / $75 (2 years)
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    • Single Country Park Pass - For entry to a single park in country NSW (except Kosciuszko). $22 (1 year) / $40 (2 years)
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    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. You’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Prohibited

    Pets

    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.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Cape Byron State Conservation Area

    Contact

    • in the North Coast region
      • Cape Byron State Conservation Area is open all hours, but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
      • Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct is open 8am to sunset.
      • The Maritime Museum in the former Lighthouse Keeper’s office at the base of the lighthouse is open 10am to 4pm daily.
      • Opening before 8am for events or disabled access can be arranged by prior notice – contact NPWS Byron Bay office during business hours 02 6620 9300.
    • Park entry fees:

      $8 per vehicle per hour/$4 per hour motorcycles at the Cape Byron Lighthouse and Information Centre carpark.

      $4 per vehicle per hour at Captain Cook lookout, Cosy Corner, and The Pass carparks.

      There's coin-operated and credit card payment facilities.

      Buy an annual pass.
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    Visitor centre

    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.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Bangalow (14 km)

    Bangalow is a relaxed but stylish village close to Byron Bay. It's set in lush green hills near the coast.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Mullumbimby (20 km)

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

    www.visitnsw.com

    Looking along the beach, Cosy Corner. Photo: John Spencer