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Signal on the shore: Australian colonies

Stage 3 (Years 5-6), History, Cape Byron State Conservation Area


School excursions in NSW national parks

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Join us as we explore the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse on this Stage 3 history excursion. You'll learn about the lighthouse keepers and their families, and discover how these people helped shape the development of Australia’s history.

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Share in historic tales of shipwrecks and storms and learn about life as a lighthouse keeper a century ago on this school excursion in Cape Byron State Conservation Area.

Students will learn how the colony of NSW formed and how the Byron Bay region was settled over time. They'll discover the role that lightkeepers played in supporting the growth and development of Australia's coastal colonies. We’ll play traditional games and tour the lighthouse up to the lantern room where you'll learn why this is the most powerful lighthouse in Australia.

This program meets the Stage 3 history focus Australian Colonies and incorporates a variety of age appropriate skills of historical inquiry and communication.

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

Stage Stage 3 (Years 5-6)
Learning area History
Student outcomes

HT3-1. Describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia

HT3-2. Describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time

HT3-5. Applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication


Students will:

  • Learn how the colony of NSW formed and developed over time
  • Learn how the NSW North Coast evolved and changed as a result of colonisation
  • Learn how lighthouse keepers and their families played a significant role in shaping the development of Australia’s coastal colonies
  • Learn more about the lives of lightkeepers and their families in Australia’s colonial past
  • Take part in a guided climb of Cape Byron Lighthouse

Excursion details

Guided. Available on request. Weekdays during school term.
Cape Byron Lighthouse, Cape Byron State Conservation Area
2hrs 30min
Easy. Guided activities in a national park, on formed and uneven bushwalking tracks and on a grassed picnic area. The track from the lighthouse to Wategos Beach is approximately 1km.

$10.50 per person (includes GST). Minimum fee of $210.00. Teachers and other staff are free.

Meeting point
Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct at the end of Lighthouse Road, Byron Bay. Meet on the verandah of the northern side of the Lighthouse Keepers’ Cottage (Cape Byron Information 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: $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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