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Cape Byron Lighthouse

Cape Byron State Conservation Area

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Overview

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.

Type
Historic buildings/places
Accessibility
Medium
Entry fees

Park entry fees apply at the Cape Byron Lighthouse carpark.

What to
bring
Binoculars, hat, sunscreen
Hire this venue

Cape Byron Lighthouse lawn is available for events and function hire in addition to 6 other incredible locations nearby like Wategos and Tallow beaches.

Please note
  • To enquire about whether a tour will be running and the Maritime Museum will be open on the day you intend to visit, please contact 02 6639 8300

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.

Bring your binoculars to enjoy some of the best views of the ocean and hinterland on the entire coast. There are regular sightings of turtles, dolphins and humpback whales from this iconic point.

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

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Also see

  • Cape Byron Information Centre, Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo © Lee Middleton

    Cape Byron Information Centre

    Cape Byron Information Centre is the place to find visitor information for Cape Byron State Conservation Area, Cape Byron Marine Park and surrounding national parks in the Byron Bay area.

  • Outlook from the deck at Cape Byron Lighthouse Cafe. Photo: John Spencer/OEH

    Cape Byron Lighthouse Cafe

    Take in spectacular views over Byron Bay while you sip a coffee or enjoy a light meal at Cape Byron Lighthouse Cafe. It’s the perfect spot to relax after exploring the Cape Byron Lighthouse area.

  • 2 people jogging on Cape Byron walking track. Photo: John Spencer © OEH

    Cape Byron walking track

    Enjoy spectacular coastal views along the Cape Byron walking track that takes you on a hike through rainforest, beach, grassland and clifftops to the 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 © DPIE

General enquiries

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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: $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. Pay and display machines - cash and credit cards accepted.

    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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