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Cape Byron: The earth’s environment

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

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Wed 13 October 2021, 7.59am

Applies from Fri 25 Jun 2021, 11.05am to Fri 31 Dec 2021, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Oct 2021, 7.59am.

Closed areas: Cape Byron Lighthouse and museum closed

Cape Byron Lighthouse and museum are currently closed to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff.

For more information, please contact the local office.

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Applies from Fri 1 Oct 2021, 6.00am to Sun 31 Oct 2021, 6.30pm. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Oct 2021, 7.58am.

Closed areas: Lighthouse Precinct Byron Bay

The Lighthouse precinct opening hours for vehicles parking during the month of October will be 9:00am to 6:30pm.  Parking outside these hours will be available in the lower Lighthouse carparks.

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Fri 15 Oct 2021, 9.00am to Fri 22 Oct 2021, 6.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 20 Oct 2021, 10.22am

Closed areas: Garrong Road partial closure

Garrong Loop will be closed from Friday 15 October to Friday 22 October 2021 due to bridge reconstruction works.

The section of Garrong Road between Goonengerry Mill Road and the Goonengerry National Park carpark will remain open.

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Applies from Thu 14 Oct 2021, 11.51am to Tue 30 Nov 2021, 11.52am. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Oct 2021, 3.35pm

Closed areas: Jellum picnic area closed for maintenance

Jellum picnic area will be closed from Thursday 14 October to Tuesday 30 November 2021 for maintenance work. Please note, this alert may be extended.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information please contact the Alstonville Depot on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Mon 18 Oct 2021, 11.19am to Wed 1 Dec 2021, 11.19am. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Oct 2021, 4.10pm

Closed areas: Mount Matheson Loop temporarily closed

Mount Matheson Loop walking track is temporarily closed due to maintenance works on Newton Drive. For further information please contact the Alstonville depot on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Mon 18 Oct 2021, 11.03am to Wed 1 Dec 2021, 11.05am. Last reviewed: Mon 18 Oct 2021, 4.06pm

Closed areas: Pholis Gap walking track temporarily closed

Pholis Gap walking track is temporarily closed due to maintenance works happening on Newton Drive. For further information please contact the Alstonville depot on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Sat 16 Oct 2021, 7.24pm. Last reviewed: Sat 16 Oct 2021, 8.21pm

Fires - Advice: Broadwater Evans Head Rd, Broadwater

There is a fire in this park called Broadwater Evans Head Rd, Broadwater. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 1 Mar 2021, 7.00am to Tue 30 Nov 2021, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 12 Oct 2021, 4.49pm

Closed areas: Areas closed for upgrades

Minyon Falls precinct and Minyon Grass picnic area are closed for upgrades from Monday 1 March 2021 to Wednesday 1st December 2021.

The closed areas include:

  • Minyon Falls picnic area (including Minyon Falls lookout)
  • Minyon Grass picnic area
  • Minyon loop walking track and all access points to the track
  • Boggy Creek track

Access to Rummery Park campground will be via Nightcap Range Road. Signs will be in place around the closed areas.

With the exception of the closed tracks, the multi-use trail network will still be accessible from the Telephone Road trailer carpark via Nightcap Range Road (via Dunoon).

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Mon 11 Oct 2021, 2.37pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Oct 2021, 4.12pm

Closed areas: O'Connors and North Boundary fire trails closed

The following fire trails are closed from Monday 11 October 2021 until Monday 20 December 2021 (approx.) for maintenance, upgrading and bridge works:

  • O'Connors fire trail
  • North Boundary fire trail
  • Sections of Cutters Camp fire trail

Signs will be in place around closed areas

Cutters Camp campground and picnic area will remain open, and visitors can still access Byrrill Creek walking trail.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Mon 11 Oct 2021, 7.00am to Mon 8 Nov 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Oct 2021, 12.16pm

Closed areas: South Chowan Road closed

South Chowan Road and the Unicorn Falls area will be closed to the public from Monday 11 October to Monday 8 November 2021 for roadworks. Only residents will have access through South Chowan Road. 

Heavy machinery will be in use and short delays may occur. The road may be uneven and slippery during this time.

For more information contact the NPWS Tweed-Byron Area office on 02 6670 8600.

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Applies from Wed 6 Oct 2021, 11.43am to Fri 5 Nov 2021, 11.46am. Last reviewed: Thu 7 Oct 2021, 9.13am

Closed areas: Newton Drive closed due to landslip

Newton Drive (from the park boundary) is closed until Friday 5 November 2021 due to a landslip. There is no vehicle or pedestrian acess access to Mt Nardi via Newton Drive during this time.

There is no vehicle or pedestrian access during this time. You can still access The Historic Nightcap Track from Rummery Park campground.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Richmond River Area on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Mon 30 Mar 2020, 12.35pm to Thu 31 Mar 2022, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 7 Oct 2021, 9.13am

Closed parks: Wollumbin National Park closed

Wollumbin National Park is closed until Thursday 31 March 2022 due to public safety risks associated with the summit walking track, and to allow further consultation with the Aboriginal community and other key stakeholders about the future management of the site.

Some of the best views of Wollumbin can be found along Pinnacle walk and lookout in Border Ranges National Park. You can also try Goorgana walking track or Pholis Gap walking track in nearby Nightcap National Park, or Best of All lookout at Queensland’s Springbrook National Park.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

 

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Applies from Mon 11 Oct 2021, 8.40am to Mon 8 Nov 2021, 8.44am. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Oct 2021, 4.13pm

Closed areas: Three sisters walking track (Broken Head) closed

The lookout on the Three sisters walking track (Broken Head) is being replaced. The track will be closed to the public while a helicopter transports materials in and out of the site. This will occur on 2 days of the 4-week construction schedule. The track will be open to the public for the remainder of the 4-week construction period.

A fence will be erected directly around the construction site to ensure public and worker safety.

Please respect this fencing and stay outside the construction area.

A section of the carpark will also be closed to the public during the construction period.

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Applies from Fri 25 Jun 2021, 11.05am to Fri 31 Dec 2021, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Oct 2021, 7.59am

Closed areas: Cape Byron Lighthouse and museum closed

Cape Byron Lighthouse and museum are currently closed to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff.

For more information, please contact the local office.

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Applies from Fri 1 Oct 2021, 6.00am to Sun 31 Oct 2021, 6.30pm. Last reviewed: Wed 13 Oct 2021, 7.58am

Closed areas: Lighthouse Precinct Byron Bay

The Lighthouse precinct opening hours for vehicles parking during the month of October will be 9:00am to 6:30pm.  Parking outside these hours will be available in the lower Lighthouse carparks.

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Applies from Tue 7 Sep 2021, 11.43am to Sat 18 Dec 2021, 11.44am. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Sep 2021, 8.59am

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a ground baiting program using dried meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of the introduced European fox. The program will be conducted between 10 August 2021 and 17 December 2021 in Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve (north of the river).

The fox control program is part of the NSW Saving our Species Program for the conservation of priority threatened species such as the beach stone curlew and pied oystercatcher.

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please call Tweed Byron Office on 02 6670 8600.

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Applies from Sun 11 Apr 2021, 8.18am to Mon 1 Nov 2021, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 26 Jul 2021, 8.46am

Closed areas: Access to Rummery Park campground

Access into Rummery Park campground is via Nightcap Range Road (via Durroughby) only. Due to upgrade works at the Minyon Falls precinct, Minyon Drive is closed and will remain closed until the end of October 2021.

For further information, please contact the NPWS Richmond River area office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Mon 12 Jul 2021, 3.01pm to Mon 28 Feb 2022, 3.02pm. Last reviewed: Wed 6 Oct 2021, 11.40am

Other planned events: 1080 fox control and shorebird protection program - Richmond River area

From Tuesday 13 July to Friday 17 December 2021 NSW National Parks will be running a 1080 pest management program in the following parks:

  • Richmond River Nature Reserve
  • Broadwater National Park
  • Bundjalung National Park 

There will be signs at baiting locations. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks. Pets and working dogs may be affected, and 1080 is lethal to cats and dogs. Pets and working dogs in the vicinity must be restrained or muzzled and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

These programs are run to protect threatened species identified in the NSW Fox Threat Abatement Plan and Saving our Species programs.

We encourage landholders to participate in control programs on private property. Contact North Coast Local Land Services to discuss and arrange programs. Delays may occur due to unsuitable weather conditions.

For more information call the NPWS Richmond River area office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Thu 24 Dec 2020, 8.44am to Sat 30 Oct 2021, 8.47am. Last reviewed: Tue 10 Aug 2021, 12.35pm

Closed areas: Eastern park entrance closed

The eastern end of the Tweed Range Scenic Drive at Barkers Vale is currently closed due to a landslip affecting part of the road near Bar Mountain. The road is closed between this entrance and the Bar Mountain picnic area. Visitors can only access the Tweed Range Scenic Drive from the western end of the park via Wiangaree. 

All other campgrounds, lookouts and picnic areas remain open. The Brindle Creek Loop Road is open. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information call the local NPWS office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Thu 28 Jan 2021, 1.43pm. Last reviewed: Mon 26 Jul 2021, 1.52pm

Other planned events: Notice of noise from RAAF training operations

If you plan to visit Bundjalung National Park, you may experience loud aircraft noise due to RAAF training operations from the nearby Evans Head air weapons range in the park.

Aircraft activities may be heard and seen over Black Rocks campground and from Jerusalem Creek paddle route and walking track.

Please note:

  • The RAAF schedule of planned air operations is available on the Defence Aircraft Noise webpage.
  • RAAF schedules for the Air Weapons Range in Bundjalung National Park can change at short notice due to weather or other operational considerations.
  • Aircraft may not utilise the range every day of scheduled operations.

For more information, call the NPWS Alstonville area office on 02 6627 0200, or visit the Defence Aircraft Noise webpage.

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Applies from Thu 25 Mar 2021, 3.09pm to Fri 31 Dec 2021, 3.11pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 May 2021, 1.49pm

Closed areas: 4WD vehicle beach access via Richmond River Nature Reserve closed

4WD vehicle beach access via Richmond River Nature Reserve will be closed as of Wednesday 31 March 2021. Recreational vehicles are prohibited from entering the reserve from this date.

This follows the multi-tenure closure of South Ballina Beach to recreational vehicles by Crown Lands, Richmond Valley Council, Ballina Shire Council and NPWS, due to ongoing concerns about public safety and impacts to the environment and Aboriginal heritage values. For more information see this document.

Pedestrian access to the beach via Richmond River Nature Reserve will remain unrestricted. Secured vehicle access will be maintained for emergency services, commercial fishers, Jali Local Aboriginal Land Council and Bandjalang Aboriginal Corporation.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information on the closure of Richmond River Nature Reserve to recreational vehicles, contact the local NPWS office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Thu 14 May 2020, 4.18pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Feb 2021, 3.08pm

Closed areas: Bar Mountain circuit and lookout closed

Bar Mountain circuit and lookout are closed for maintenance until further notice. Bar Mountain picnic area remains open.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. For more information call the NPWS Kyogle office 02 6632 0000.

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/education/stage-2-geography-cape-byron-earths-environment/local-alerts

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:

    Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct and Information Centre: $8 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: $4 per vehicle/motorcycle per hour. Pay and display machines - cash and credit cards accepted.

    Coach entry: $29 per coach up to 30 seats; $55 per coach 31 to 43 seats; $91 per coach 44 seats and over.

    Buy annual pass
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Emergency services

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