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Cape Byron Lighthouse

Cape Byron State Conservation Area


Cape Byron Lighthouse sits on Australia’s most easterly point, a shining light over Byron Bay. Take a guided tour, find out about shipwrecks and enjoy spectacular views.

Historic buildings/places
Cape Byron State Conservation Area
Entry fees

Park entry fees apply at the Cape Byron Lighthouse carpark.

Hire this venue

Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct is available for events and function hire.
The areas surrounding the precinct, including Wategos and Tallow beaches, are also available for hire.

Please note
  • The Maritime Museum is open 10am to 4pm daily
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to whale watch.

The light that shines by night over Cape Byron Marine Park emanates from a tower as famous as the town of Byron Bay itself.

Built at the turn of the 19th century to protect ships passing along the coast, Cape Byron Lighthouse stands resolute on the most easterly point of the Australian mainland. Operated by resident keepers until 1989, its now automated light is clearly visible from Byron Bay township.

Learn more about this iconic white tower and find out about shipwrecks and stories from the sea in the Maritime Museum below.

You’ll enjoy some of the best views of the ocean and hinterland on the entire coast, including regular sightings of turtles, dolphins and humpback whales.

Take a virtual tour of Cape Byron Lighthouse captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Tours and events at this location

  • Three women enjoy views from the top of Cape Byron Lighthouse, Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

    Bound For Cape Byron: Walk and lighthouse tour

    Put on your seafaring cap and walking boots, and join an NPWS guide on an informative 2-hour, 1km guided tour around stunning and iconic Cape Byron, Cape Byron State Conservation Area.

  • A guided tour group at Cape Byron Lighthouse, Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

    Byron Bay historic private lighthouse tour

    Immerse yourself in the history of Cape Byron Lighthouse. Imagine yourself in a lighthouse keeper's shoes on this private guided tour of iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse.


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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

Conservation program:

The Pass midden

NSW National Parks first recorded The Pass midden in Cape Byron State Conservation Area in 1980. And, in 2013, ancient archaeological midden material was repatriated and displayed on Country. Today, along with our Aboriginal community partners, NPWS works to protect The Pass midden, both now and into the future.

The Pass in Cape Byron Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer

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:

    $8 per vehicle per hour/$4 per hour motorcycles at Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct and Information Centre carpark. Maximum 1 hour per vehicle per calendar day, including all NPWS annual passholders.

    $4 per vehicle/motorcycle per hour in the lower lighthouse carparks and at Captain Cook lookout, Cosy Corner, and The Pass carparks. Coin-operated and credit card payment available.

    Buy an annual pass.
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Spiral staircase inside the lighthouse. Photo: John Spencer