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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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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Thu 18 July 2024, 2.03pm

Applies from Mon 25 Mar 2024, 1.00am to Fri 30 Aug 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 18 Jul 2024, 2.03pm.

Closed areas: Cape Byron walking track closed between Lighthouse and Wategos beach

The section of the Cape Byron walking track between Wategos Beach (east) and the Cape Byron Historic Lighthouse will be closed for maintenance work until end of August 2024.

Vehicle access around the Cape Byron State Conservation Reserve will not be affected. Vehicles can access the Pass and Palm Valley picnic area, Wategos Beach, and the Cape Byron Historic Lighthouse.

Visitors can safely walk to the Cape Byron Historic Lighthouse via:

  • Lee Lane to the Tallow Ridge Walking Track, or
  • Lighthouse Road down-road

Visitors may choose to walk along Clarkes Beach to access the Pass and the Palm Valley picnic area. The section of the walking track between the Palm Valley picnic area and Wategos Beach (west) remains open.

This closure is to improve accessibility and ensure visitor safety. For more information, please contact the local office. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Fri 5 Jul 2024, 10.08am to Sat 27 Jul 2024, 10.09am. Last reviewed: Fri 19 Jul 2024, 1.56pm

Closed areas: Blackbutt lookout picnic area temporarily closed

Blackbutt lookout picnic area is closed until 27 July due to reconstruction work on the lookout.

During this time the area is closed to public access.

All Campgrounds and other Day Use Areas remain open.

 

Penalties apply for non-compliance for more information please contact the local NPWS Office on 0266320000 or email npws.richmondriver@environment.nsw.gov.au

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Applies from Mon 1 Jul 2024, 8.27am to Wed 31 Jul 2024, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 17 Jul 2024, 8.12am

Safety alerts: North Rocks Road closed

North Rocks Road is closed until Wednesday 31 July 2024. The road is currently unsafe to traffic. This closure maybe extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.

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 1 Jul 2024, 7.39am to Wed 31 Jul 2024, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 17 Jul 2024, 8.12am

Closed parks: Tucki Tucki Nature Reserve closed

Tucki Tucki Nature Reserve is closed until Wednesday 31 July 2024 for maintenance.

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 1 Jul 2024, 7.36am to Wed 31 Jul 2024, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 17 Jul 2024, 8.12am

Closed areas: Walking Track Closed - Wilsons Nature Reserve

The Walking track is currently closed until further notice. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office on 02 66270 200

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Applies from Wed 5 Jun 2024, 7.03pm to Sun 25 Aug 2024, 7.19pm. Last reviewed: Wed 19 Jun 2024, 12.34pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting aerial and ground baiting programs. Aerial baiting is scheduled from Monday 10 June 2024 to Monday 17 June 2024. Ground baiting is scheduled from 10 June 2024 to Sunday 18 August 2024. The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes and wild dogs.

Aerial and ground baiting will occur in:

  • Bagul Waajaarr Nature Reserve
  • Banyabba Nature Reserve
  • Banyabba State Conservations Area
  • Bindarri National Park
  • Bundjalung National Park
  • Captains Creek Nature Reserve
  • Carrai National Park
  • Carrai State Conservation Area
  • Cascade National Park
  • Chaelundi National Park
  • Chaelundi State Conservation Area
  • Cottan-Bimbang National Park
  • Cunnawarra National Park
  • Dorrigo National Park
  • Dunggir National Park
  • Gumbaynggirr State Conservation Area
  • Jobs Mountain Nature Reserve
  • Koreelah National Park
  • Kumbatine National Park
  • Mount Clunie National Park
  • Mount Hyland Nature Reserve
  • Mount Hyland State Conservation Area
  • Mount Neville Nature Reserve
  • Mount Seaview Nature Reserve
  • New England National Park
  • Ngambaa Nature Reserve
  • Nymboi-Binderay National Park
  • Nymboida National Park
  • Pee Dee Nature Reserve
  • Ramornie National Park
  • Serpentine Nature Reserve
  • The Castles Nature Reserve
  • The Cells State Conservation Area
  • Tooloom National Park
  • Werrikimbe National Park
  • Willi Willi National Park
  • Yabbra National Park

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species, and to minimise impact of wild dogs on neighbouring stock.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. 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.

Please contact the local NPWS area office for more information:

  • Richmond River area – 02 6632 0000
  • Clarence area – 02 6641 1500
  • Coffs Coast area – 02 6652 0900
  • Hastings/Macleay area – 6588 5555

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Applies from Thu 17 Nov 2022, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Sun 23 Jun 2024, 8.42am

Closed areas: Byrrill Creek walking track closed

Byrrill Creek walking track is closed due to landslips and erosion following severe rainfall. 

An alternative walking track is now available. Visitors can access this 3km return track from behind the camp kitchen in Cutters Camp campground.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local park office on 02 6670 8600.

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Applies from Fri 30 Jun 2023, 5.44pm. Last reviewed: Sat 13 Jul 2024, 10.17am

Closed areas: Wollumbin (Mount Warning) Summit track and Aboriginal Place closed

Parts of Wollumbin National Park, including the Korrumbyn Creek picnic area, Lyrebird walking track, and visitor facilities at Breakfast Creek, are open.

Please note Mount Warning Road is flood damaged and has traffic control in place. Parking at Korrumbyn Creek and Breakfast Creek is limited.

Wollumbin (Mount Warning) summit track and the Aboriginal Place remains closed. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For further information visit our webpage at www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/wollumbin-national-park. For up to date visitor information check www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/wollumbin-national-park

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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-5-geography-cape-byron-environmental-change-management/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: $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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Emergency services

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For the latest information on wildfires in your area please contact the NSW Rural Fire Service.

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