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Lighthouse Keepers Lunch

Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten), HSIE, Cape Byron State Conservation Area


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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 colourful lighthouse on this school excursion for Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten) students.

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Come to Cape Byron Lighthouse and discover the amazing equipment lighthouse keepers use to keep us safe at night. This operational lighthouse is perched 100m above the sea level, with fantastic views to seek out migrating whales.

On this excursion you'll listen to how Mr Grinling, the lighthouse keeper, rescues his lunch from hungry seagulls. You'll also get to meet Mr and Mrs Grinling, before climbing to the very top of the world famous working lighthouse. Finish off your day spying for turtles and dolphins swimming in the marine park at the base of the steep cliffs or seabirds doing acrobatics above the lighthouse tower.

Students also investigate their surroundings by observing, questioning, exploring and reporting.

For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers

Stage Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten)
Key learning area HSIE
Student outcomes

GEe-1. Identifies places and develops an understanding of the importance of places to people.

GEe-2. Communicates geographical information and uses geographical tools.

HTe-1. Communicates stories of their own family heritage and the heritage of others.

HTe-2. Demonstrates developing skills of historical inquiry and communication.


Students will:

  • Identify and describe the Cape Byron Lighthouse and its significance to people and the local community
  • Discuss why lighthouses are special places and how people care for them
  • Explain why people need to take care of places such as Cape Byron Lighthouse
  • Investigate how the location of a places such as the Cape Byron Lighthouse can be represented on a simple map

Excursion details



Guided. Available on request.
Cape Byron Lighthouse, Cape Byron State Conservation Area
Medium. Guided activities in a national park, on formed and uneven bush walking tracks, up and down a flight of stairs, along a beach and on a grassed picnic area.

$9.90 per person (minimum $198). Teachers and other staff are free.

Meeting point
Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct at the end of Lighthouse Road, Byron Bay. Groups meet on the verandah of the northern side of Lighthouse Keepers Cottage (visitor centre).
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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 6639 8300.
  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per hour/$4 per hour motorcycles at Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct and Information Centre carpark. Maximum 1 hour per vehicle per calendar day, including all NPWS annual passholders.

    $4 per vehicle/motorcycle per hour in the lower lighthouse carparks and at Captain Cook lookout, Cosy Corner, and The Pass carparks. Coin-operated and credit card payment available.

    Buy an annual pass.
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Looking along the beach, Cosy Corner. Photo: John Spencer