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Cape Byron: The earth’s environment

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Geography, Cape Byron State Conservation Area


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Join us on an Earth’s environment Geography excursion at beautiful Cape Byron for Stage 2 (Years 3-4) students. Students will explore the features of the reserve and learn about people’s differing perceptions of the park and how it is managed.

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Students will identify the different environments in the reserve and their significance to animals and people. We’ll discuss the way different people, including Arakwal Aboriginal People, value this environment.

Together we’ll discuss some of the strategies in place to protect the natural and cultural heritage within the park. Students will gain an appreciation of the considerations and complexities of environmental management.

Hands-on activities include ‘creating’ a park ranger and making a mini park. Students will go on a junior ranger walk to learn about and closely observe Cape Byron plants and animals.

Students will use a variety of geographical tools including illustrated tables and viewing, using and creating maps. This is a fun and informative geography excursion for young minds.

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

Stage Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
Learning area Geography
Student outcomes

GE2-1. Examines features and characteristics of places and environments

GE2-2. Describes the ways people, places and environments interact

GE2-3. Examines differing perceptions about the management of places and environments


Students will:

  • Examine features and characteristics of Cape Byron State Conservation Area 
  • Learn about management and care of national parks and how people play different roles in protecting them
  • Examine the importance of natural vegetation to the health of the environment, animals and people.
  • Learn about the ways people value and interact with environments, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
  • Acquire and communicate geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry.

Excursion details


Weekdays during school term.

Guided. Available on request.
2hrs 30min
Easy. Guided activities in a national park, on formed and uneven bushwalking tracks, up a flight of stairs, along a beach and on a grassy picnic area. The track from the lighthouse to The Pass is around 1.5km.

$12 per person (includes GST). Minimum fee of $240.00 (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).
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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 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
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