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Cape Byron: Environmental change and management

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


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Join us on this in-depth fieldwork excursion for Stage 5 (Years 9-10) students using Cape Byron as a real-life case study to investigate the Geography syllabus topic of Environmental Change and Management.

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Students will investigate the coastal processes that influence the geomorphology of this protected area. They'll learn how the reserve is jointly managed by traditional owners, the Arakwal Bundjalung People, and NSW National Parks.

Students will survey visitors to Cape Byron to explore the different views that influence approaches to environmental use and sustainable management.

Students will develop an understanding of the functioning of environments and the scale of human-induced environmental change challenging sustainability.

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

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

GE5-2. Explains processes and influences that form and transform places and environments

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

GE5-8. Communicates geographical information to a range of audiences using a variety of strategies


Students will:

  • Examine the form and formation of Cape Byron State Conservation Area
  • Investigate the role and importance of the reserve in supporting biodiversity
  • Learn about joint management of the reserve by the traditional owners, the Arakwal Bundjalung People, and NSW National Parks. 
  • Investigate human-induced environmental change and how this impacts the reserve
  • Survey visitors to analyse how people’s perceptions affect their attitudes to, and use of, environments such as Cape Byron.
  • Discuss possible environmental management approaches and perspectives to sustainably manage Cape Byron into the future

Excursion details


Weekdays during school term.

Guided. Available on request.

$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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