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Cape Byron: Environmental change and management

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

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Thu 16 July 2020, 2.28pm

Applies from Wed 15 Jul 2020, 3.27pm to Fri 17 Jul 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Jul 2020, 2.28pm.

Closed areas: Tallow Beach carpark

Tallow Beach carpark in Cape Byron State Conservation Area is closed for maintenance from Wednesday 15 July to Friday 17 July 2020.

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

Applies from Mon 16 Mar 2020, 10.47am to Mon 3 Aug 2020, 10.42am. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Jul 2020, 2.14pm.

Closed areas: Cape Byron Lighthouse and museum

Cape Byron Lighthouse is closed to tours and the museum is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. The lighthouse precinct is open. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information. All other areas in the Cape Byron State Conservation Area are open.

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Wed 15 Jul 2020, 3.27pm to Fri 17 Jul 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 16 Jul 2020, 2.28pm

Closed areas: Tallow Beach carpark

Tallow Beach carpark in Cape Byron State Conservation Area is closed for maintenance from Wednesday 15 July to Friday 17 July 2020.

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

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Applies from Tue 21 May 2019, 2.53pm to Fri 31 Jul 2020, 2.45pm. Last reviewed: Wed 15 Jul 2020, 12.45pm

Closed areas: Cutters Hut closed due to construction works

Cutters Hut within Cutters Camp campground is closed due to construction works. NPWS is currently upgrading Cutters Hut to create a new camp kitchen for visitors as well as completing stage 2 of the campground upgrade. Construction works may cause some noise disturbance to visitors. 

For more information, call the NPWS Tweed Byron area office on 02 6670 8600.

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Applies from Mon 30 Mar 2020, 12.35pm to Mon 3 Aug 2020, 8.00am. Last reviewed: Wed 15 Jul 2020, 11.27am

Closed parks: Wollumbin National Park and State Conservation Area closed

Wollumbin National Park and State Conservation Area are closed to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. NPWS is working to reopen all parks where possible, however, some locations need to remain closed to ensure compliance with the current rules on public gatherings.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Check the COVID-19 update page for more information or contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

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Applies from Mon 16 Mar 2020, 10.47am to Mon 3 Aug 2020, 10.42am. Last reviewed: Wed 1 Jul 2020, 2.14pm

Closed areas: Cape Byron Lighthouse and museum

Cape Byron Lighthouse is closed to tours and the museum is closed until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. The lighthouse precinct is open. 

Penalties apply for non-compliance. Please check our COVID-19 update for more information. All other areas in the Cape Byron State Conservation Area are open.

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Applies from Mon 3 Feb 2020, 4.12pm to Tue 21 Jul 2020, 11.59pm. Last reviewed: Thu 11 Jun 2020, 2.27pm

Closed areas: Sheepstation Creek campground and trail closures

Some parts of this park are closed from Monday 3 February 2020 while Sheepstation creek campground is upgraded. The closed areas are:

  • Sheepstation Creek campground
  • Brushbox Falls lookout
  • Palm forest walking track
  • Booyung walking track

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, call the local NPWS Kyogle office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Thu 14 May 2020, 4.18pm. Last reviewed: Thu 14 May 2020, 4.28pm

Closed areas: Bar Mountain circuit and lookout closed

Bar Mountain circuit and lookout are closed for maintenance until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. For more information call the NPWS Kyogle office 02 6632 0000.

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Applies from Mon 15 Sep 2014, 4.37pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Sep 2018, 12.14pm

Closed areas: Black Rocks campground - No 4WD Beach access

Partial closure. No 4WD beach access from Black Rocks campground. Due to significant storm damage, the 4WD beach access at Black Rocks campground is closed. Vehicles may still drive along Ten Mile Beach north from the Shark Bay 4WD beach access, but cannot exit at Black Rocks.There are no other beach access points on Ten Mile Beach other than Shark Bay 4WD beach access. No 4WD access north of Black Rocks campground.

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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 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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Emergency services

For all NSW fires visit the Rural Fire Service

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

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