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Around the Cape

Stage 5 (Years 9-10), Geography, Cape Byron State Conservation Area


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Around the Cape is a school excursion in Cape Byron State Conservation Area for Stage 5 (Years 9-10) students focusing on geography as a KLA.

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Students examine the area in terms of human impact on the natural environment and changing land use. Students analyse a range of site specific source materials, discuss the issues affecting the Byron Bay area, and design and undertake a visitor survey.

Geography: 5A3 Issues in Australian Environments

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Stage Stage 5 (Years 9-10)
Key learning area Geography
Student outcomes

GE5-3. Analyses the effect of interactions and connections between people, places and environments

GE5-4. Accounts for perspectives of people and organisations on a range of geographical issues

GE5-5. Assesses management strategies for places and environments for their sustainability

GE5-7. Acquires and processes geographical information by selecting and using appropriate and relevant geographical tools for inquiry


Students will:

  • Learn how the local environment was formed and significant features of Cape Byron State Conservation Area
  • Investigate the role and importance of national parks in supporting biodiversity
  • Learn about joint management of the reserve by traditional owners and the National Parks and Wildlife Service 
  • Investigate human impact on the environment, using Cape Byron State Conservation Area as an example
  • Survey visitors to discuss how people's world views affect their attitudes to, and use of, environments such as Cape Byron
  • Discuss environmental management approaches and perspectives to sustainably manage Cape Byron into the future

Excursion details

Guided. Available on request.
Cape Byron State Conservation Area

$9.90 per person (minimum $198).

No wheelchair access
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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 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. Coin-operated and credit card payment available.

    Coach entry: $26 per coach up to 30 seats; $50 per coach 31 to 43 seats; $83 per coach 44 seats and over.

    Buy annual pass
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Cape Byron Lighthouse, Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer