Cape Byron Lighthouse: A special place
Stage 1 (Years 1-2), Geography, Cape Byron State Conservation Area
Experience a bird’s eye view from the top of the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse in this Stage 1 (Years 1-2) geography excursion. Students will learn about the features of the lighthouse and its significance to people and the community.
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This excursion includes a guided tour through the museum and to the top of the lighthouse. Students will explore important features of the lighthouse and see the Cape from a different perspective.
With help from your guide, students will survey visitors and the community to understand the significance of this place to different people and how this may vary. Students will explore the reserve and find ways to care for this important place.
This program emphasises the use of geographical tools and processing geographical information by incorporating illustrated tables and surveys as well as viewing, using and creating maps.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 1 (Years 1-2)|
GE1-1. Describes features of places and the connections people have with places
GE1-2. Identifies ways in which people interact with and care for places
GE1-3. Communicates geographical information and uses geographical tools for inquiry
Weekdays during school term.
- Guided. Available on request.
$10.50 per person (includes GST). Minimum fee of $210.00 (includes GST). 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 the Lighthouse Keepers Cottage (visitor centre).
- If you would like to organise a NPWS school excursion please get in touch with local staff or use the 'Enquire' link for the online form.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/education/stage-1-geography-cape-byron-lighthouse-special-place/local-alerts
- School excursion inquiries - Byron Bay
- 02 6639 8300
- Tallow Beach Road, Byron Bay NSW
- 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 lawn 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:
Cape Byron Lighthouse lawn and Information Centre: $10 per vehicle per hour/$4 per hour motorcycles. Maximum 1 hour per vehicle per calendar day, including all NPWS annual passholders.
Captain Cook lookout, Cosy Corner, and The Pass: $5 per vehicle/motorcycle per hour. Tap and pay card or phone payments accepted at pay machines. Cash and credit cards accepted at Cape Byron Information Centre.
Coach entry: $30 per coach up to 30 seats; $57 per coach 31 to 43 seats; $94 per coach 44 seats and over.Buy annual pass.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about Cape Byron Lighthouse: A special place.
- Welcome, introductions, acknowledgement of Country and safety talk (5min)
- Session 1 (25min)
- A special place: Cape Byron Lighthouse and its features and values
- Visitor survey on people’s perceptions of Cape Byron
- Session 2: Round robin activities in 3 groups with 30min rotations
- Group 1: Lighthouse tour (changing technology over time)
- Group 2: Field sketch and historical games of the early 1900s (teacher-led activity)
- Group 3: Caring for Cape Byron: Treasure map activity (signs)
Getting there and parking
Cape Byron Lighthouse is 2km east of the Byron Bay town centre. To get there, take Lawson Street (which becomes Lighthouse Road) and follow it to the lighthouse.
- Sealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
Bus parking is located at the lighthouse precinct. Buses transporting students on approved programs are free. Additional vehicles will need to pay the appropriate parking fees.
Parking is limited at excursion venues. A $8 per car entry fee applies at the lighthouse. A $4 per hour parking fee applies to The Pass, Captain Cook and Tallow Beach carparks. Those with NPWS Parks Passes are exempt. Annual passes can be purchased online or from any NPWS office.
What to bring
Bring a hat, sunscreen, adequate food and drinking water. Fresh water bubblers are available at The Pass.
Please wear long pants, closed comfortable shoes and bring a hat and sunscreen. Be ready for all weather conditions with a jumper and raincoat. And remember to bring food and any necessary medications.
It’s a good idea to pack your belongings in a backpack rather than a plastic bag.
Maps and downloads
Risk assessment and risk benefits
Our rangers and guides have the technical skill and experience to assess the risks and the benefits of a variety of activities delivered as part of our learning programs.
We believe in including opportunities that allow students to learn and experience for themselves through exploration in the natural environment.
Please make your own risk assessment based on the information provided. Detailed potential risks and controls are provided for the site to assist teachers in risk management planning. Teachers and carers should be aware of, and consider the needs, abilities and medical conditions of students when visiting this site. The supervision of students remains the responsibility of the teacher. The school must ensure an adequate number of adult supervisors are present.
Wheelchair facilities are available. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.
Easy access is free of obstacles such as steps, rough terrain or significant slopes, and may have ramps or boardwalks.