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Assistant Lighthouse Keepers' Cottages

Cape Byron State Conservation Area

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Assistant Lighthouse Keepers' Cottages.

Getting there and parking

Keys can be collected from Byron Bay Hotel and Apartments. Contact their office on (02) 6620 9600 from 9am to 5pm if you want to arrange after hours collection.

The Assistant Lighthouse Keepers' Cottages are 3km east of the Byron Bay town centre. To get there: 

  • Take Lawson Street (which becomes Lighthouse Road) and follow it to the lighthouse. 
  • The cottages are on the left
  • The lighthouse gate is closed from sunset until 8am daily.
  • The cottage key opens the gate

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

There is parking for 2 cars at each of the cottages. Your car must be parked according to the parking plan provided when you book.

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

  • The lighthouse cottages are adjoined by one common wall. They are both fully furnished and include a kitchen, sitting/lounge room, bathroom with toilet and shower, separate toilet outside, laundry, 3 bedrooms and front and rear verandahs.
  • Bedding configuration: 1 queen bed, 1 queen bed, 2 single beds. All bed linen and towels are provided.
  • Cot hire is available but you'll need to call Byron Bay Hotel and Apartments on (02) 6620 9300 before to your stay.
  • The kitchens have an electric oven and stove, fridge, microwave, kettle and toaster. Basic kitchenware, cutlery and glassware are included.
  • The cottages include a TV, DVD player and CD player/ radio, washing machine, dryer, heaters and fans and an electric barbecue.
  • Please leave the property clean and tidy with all kitchen items washed up and put away. Hourly additional fees may be charged for any unreasonable cleaning required or missing/broken items.
  • Rubbish bins are provided
  • Please be considerate of others and keep noise to a minimum. Fees apply if security is called to the property.

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Barbecue facilities

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)

Drinking water

Showers

  • Hot showers

Electric power

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Beach safety

Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

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).

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

Assistance may be required to access this area as there is one step to the verandah and one step to the cottage at the front and rear entrance.

Prohibited

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

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.

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Park info

  • in Cape Byron State Conservation Area 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

The view from the lighthouse over the keepers cottage. Photo: John Spencer