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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: Mon 13 June 2022, 3.32pm

Applies from Mon 13 Jun 2022, 3.16pm to Mon 31 Oct 2022, 3.16pm. Last reviewed: Mon 13 Jun 2022, 3.32pm.

Closed areas: Cape Byron Lighthouse and Museum

The Lighthouse Precinct is open. However if you are looking at including a tour of the Lighthouse and Museum during your visit, please contact the office on 0266398300 to ensure there are tours on your day and time of choice. 

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Thu 25 Nov 2021, 11.39am to Wed 30 Nov 2022, 11.43am. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Jun 2022, 9.43am

Closed areas: Walk on Water walking track boardwalk closed

Due to safety concerns, the majority of the timber boardwalk over the water is closed until further notice. A small section of the timber boardwalk continues to provide access to Blue Hole via Ukerebagh track.

For your safety, please don't enter the closed area. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the local office.

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Applies from Sun 15 May 2022, 9.09am to Mon 31 Oct 2022, 9.10am. Last reviewed: Fri 24 Jun 2022, 9.41am

Closed parks: Park closed due to flood damage

This park is closed from Monday 28 February 2022 until further notice due to flood damage and repairs.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Byron Bay area office on 02 6639 8300.

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Applies from Mon 14 Feb 2022, 12.23pm to Thu 30 Jun 2022, 11.25pm. Last reviewed: Thu 23 Jun 2022, 9.07am

Closed areas: Walking tracks closed due to construction works

The following walking tracks will be closed from Monday 21 March to Thursday 23 June 2022 for construction work:

  • Little Kings track
  • Cocked Hat track
  • Three Sisters track

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

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Applies from Fri 25 Mar 2022, 12.06pm to Mon 31 Oct 2022, 12.07pm. Last reviewed: Tue 21 Jun 2022, 9.42am

Closed parks: Wollumbin National Park closed

Wollumbin National Park, formerly known as Mount Warning National Park, remains closed until the end of October 2022 due to the impacts of widespread flooding in the region.

The closure is also to allow further consultation with the Aboriginal community and other key stakeholders about the future management of the site.

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Applies from Wed 1 Jun 2022, 3.49pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jun 2022, 4.38pm

Closed parks: Park closed for repairs

Mebbin National Park is closed for road repair and maintenance works. The closure will be reviewed on Friday 29 July 2022.

There is no public access during this time.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Tweed area office on 02 6670 8600.

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Applies from Thu 16 Jun 2022, 12.25pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jun 2022, 2.23pm

Safety alerts: Changed access to Border Ranges National Park

Access to Border Ranges National Park is via Lynchs Creek/Forest Road from Winagaree only. This is due to ongoing land slip repair works between Bar Mountain picnic area and the eastern boundary gate. As a result there is no direct access from the Murwillumbah/Barkers Vale direction.

Note access to Border Loop lookout and walk is from NSW only as the Lions Road is closed at the QLD border.

For more information call the NPWS Kyogle area office on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Fri 10 Jun 2022, 1.25pm to Thu 30 Jun 2022, 1.25pm. Last reviewed: Mon 20 Jun 2022, 12.09pm

Closed areas: Border Ranges National Park reopening

Border Ranges National Park is reopening at 2pm, Monday 20 June 2022 following completion of repair and maintenance works.

The following facilities are open from Monday 20 June 2022:

  • Sheepstation Creek and Forest Tops campgrounds
  • Red Cedar loop
  • Helmholtzia loop
  • Antarctic Beech lookout and picnic area
  • Pinnacle lookout walk
  • Blackbutt lookout and picnic area
  • Bar Mountain picnic area
  • Falcorostrum and Beech glade walk
  • Border Loop lookout and picnic area

Remaining walking tracks are closed until further notice. There is still on no access from the eastern/Barkers Vale end of the park due to ongoing land slip repair works.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Kyogle area office on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Fri 25 Mar 2022, 2.25pm to Fri 30 Sep 2022, 10.30am. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Jun 2022, 10.06am

Closed areas: Some walking tracks closed due to flood damage

The following walking tracks and areas are closed until further notice due to flood damage:

  • Minyon loop walking track
  • Minyon Drive access road
  • Minyon Grass picnic area
  • Protestors Falls walking track
  • Terania Creek picnic area
  • Historic Nightcap track
  • Pholis Gap walking track
  • Whian Whian mountain bike trails

Minyon Drive access road is closed until 3 July 2022 due to road repair works. Dunoon road between the Council road closure sign and Nightcap Range Road is open.

All visitors should drive with care and to conditions as local roads leading to the park still have considerable flood damage with large pot holes, wash out and some narrow, single lane sections.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Alstonville office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Mon 20 Jun 2022, 9.09am to Mon 4 Jul 2022, 9.11am. Last reviewed: Fri 17 Jun 2022, 9.13am

Closed areas: North Head Road Closed due to maintenance

North Head Road within Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve is closed from Monday 20 June to Monday 4 July 2022 for maintenance.

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

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Applies from Thu 5 May 2022, 4.34pm to Sun 31 Jul 2022, 4.39pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Jun 2022, 4.25pm

Closed areas: Minyon Drive closed for works

Minyon Drive is closed from Monday 20 June to Sunday 3 July 2022 due to roadworks.

There is no vehicle or pedestrian access to the park from the east via Minyon Drive for the duration of the closure.

All visitors are to use Nightcap Range Road to access Rummery Park campground, Minyon Falls picnic area, Minyon Falls lookout and general walking tracks .

Dunoon road, between the council road closure sign and Nightcap Range Road, is open.

All visitors should drive with care and to conditions as local roads leading to the park still have considerable flood damage with large pot holes, wash out and some narrow, single lane sections.

This closure may be postponed or extended depending on weather and pending successful completion of works.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the Alstonville park office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Thu 16 Jun 2022, 12.34pm to Thu 30 Jun 2022, 12.35pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Jun 2022, 4.18pm

Closed areas: All barbeques closed

All barbeques in this park are closed until Tuesday 21 June 2022 due to maintenance and repairs.

This includes BBQs at Rummery Park campground and Minyon Falls picnic area.

For more information call the NPWS Kyogle office 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Sat 7 May 2022, 10.30am. Last reviewed: Wed 15 Jun 2022, 4.25pm

Closed areas: Areas closed due to flood damage

Sandpiper track access to Tallow Beach is closed due to flood damage. Other Tallow Beach access trails are open.

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

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Applies from Mon 13 Jun 2022, 3.16pm to Mon 31 Oct 2022, 3.16pm. Last reviewed: Mon 13 Jun 2022, 3.32pm

Closed areas: Cape Byron Lighthouse and Museum

The Lighthouse Precinct is open. However if you are looking at including a tour of the Lighthouse and Museum during your visit, please contact the office on 0266398300 to ensure there are tours on your day and time of choice. 

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Applies from Fri 10 Jun 2022, 1.00pm to Fri 30 Sep 2022, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Fri 10 Jun 2022, 1.55pm

Safety alerts: Changed conditions in areas around Black Rocks campground

The following visitor facilities around Black Rocks campground are closed due to recent flooding and storm damage:

  • Emu walking track at Jerusalem Creek
  • Jerusalem Creek Pontoon

Due to changed beach conditions, access is limited to the path opposite campsites 21 and 23. All other beach accesses are strictly closed. Visitors should take care in beach and creek areas, as flood debris continues to wash up on northern NSW beaches.

Please be aware that there may be water covering sections of the Jerusalem Creek walk to remote campsites. All campsites are open and accessible to the public.

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Applies from Thu 28 Jan 2021, 1.43pm. Last reviewed: Fri 10 Jun 2022, 1.10pm

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 2 Jun 2022, 5.00am to Thu 30 Jun 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Jun 2022, 1.47pm

Closed parks: Park closed due to fire trail maintenance

Billinudgel Nature Reserve is closed from Thursday 2 June to Thursday 30 June 2022 for fire trail maintenance.

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

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Applies from Mon 30 May 2022, 1.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 7 Jun 2022, 5.39pm

Safety alerts: Water ponding on Woody Head Road

Water is ponding along Woody Head road. The road edge is currently under water in sections due to the high amount of rainfall, causing traffic to form one lane. Take care and drive safely.
For more information, contact the Grafton NPWS office 02 66411500.

 

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Applies from Mon 11 Apr 2022, 4.32pm to Fri 30 Sep 2022, 10.50am. Last reviewed: Fri 3 Jun 2022, 4.05pm

Closed parks: Multiple parks closed due to hazardous conditions

The closure of the following parks and reserves has been extended until Monday 29 August 2022 due to hazardous conditions and damage from flooding and storm events:

  • Boatharbour Nature Reserve
  • Bundjalung State Conservation Area
  • Bungabbee Nature Reserve
  • Bungawalbin National Park, Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area
  • Captains Creek Nature Reserve
  • Davis Scrub Nature Reserve
  • Dubay Nuraham Aboriginal Area
  • Hogarth Range Nature Reserve
  • Jackywalbin State Conservation Area
  • Little Pimlico Island Nature Reserve
  • Muckleewee Mountain Nature Reserve
  • North Obelisk Nature Reserve
  • Tabbimoble Swamp Nature Reserve
  • Uralba Nature Reserve
  • Wilsons Nature Reserve
  • Yarringully Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area

No public access is permitted. These closures may be extended pending completion of repair works and additional weather impacts.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Richmond River Area on 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Mon 7 Feb 2022, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 26 May 2022, 4.27pm

Closed areas: Terania Creek picnic area (Protestors Falls) closed

Terania Creek picnic area and Protestors Falls will be closed until June 2023 due to flood and storm damage. No access is permitted.

Alternative walking options in the area include:

  • Big Scrub loop and Rocky Creek Dam walk, accessible from Rocky Creek Dam picnic area
  • Mount Matheson loop and Pholis Gap walking track, accessible from Newton Drive

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please contact the Richmond River area office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Fri 25 Mar 2022, 8.43am to Fri 30 Sep 2022, 3.43pm. Last reviewed: Wed 25 May 2022, 4.59pm

Closed parks: Tucki Tucki Nature Reserve closed

Tucki Tucki Nature Reserve is closed until September 2022 due damaged sustained in recent floods.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Alstonville area office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Mon 11 Oct 2021, 2.37pm. Last reviewed: Thu 12 May 2022, 9.04am

Closed areas: O'Connors fire trail closed for maintenance

O'Connors fire trail is closed from Monday 10 January 2022 for maintenance and upgrades. Signs will be in place around closed areas.

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

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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 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: $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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