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Lighthouse Keepers Lunch

Stage 1 (Years 1-2), 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 Stage 1 (Years 1-2) students focusing on HSIE.

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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 Stage 1 (Years 1-2)
Key learning area HSIE
Student outcomes

HT1-2. Identifies and describes significant people, events, places and sites in the local community over time

HT1-3. Describes the effects of changing technology on people's lives over time

HT1-4. Demonstrates skills of historical inquiry and communication


Students will:

  • Identify and describe Cape Byron Lighthouse and its significance to people and the local community  
  • Investigate the features of Cape Byron 
  • Examine why Cape Byron Lighthouse was built at its location
  • Consider how Cape Byron and the Lighthouse can be cared for
  • Gather information about the weather and seasons of Cape Byron

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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Walking track out to one of the lookouts. Photo: John Spencer