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Wategos Beach

Cape Byron State Conservation Area

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Applies from Tue 21 Sep 2021, 1.22pm to Tue 28 Sep 2021, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Wed 22 Sep 2021, 10.34am

Closed areas: Areas closed due to COVID-19

NPWS campgrounds, visitor centres and accommodation are closed in this area from 5pm Tuesday 21 September 2021 due to the NSW Government stay-at-home restrictions. Read more on our COVID-19 update webpage.

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Applies from Tue 21 Sep 2021, 5.00pm to Tue 28 Sep 2021, 12.01pm. Last reviewed: Tue 21 Sep 2021, 3.32pm

Closed areas: Cape Byron Lighthouse Precinct and Cosy Corner closed to vehicles

The Cape Byron Lighthouse Precinct and Cosy Corner are closed to vehicles until further notice to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff in line with the NSW Government's COVID-19 rules. Read more on our COVID-19 update webpage.

For more information, please contact the local office.

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Applies from Tue 7 Sep 2021, 11.43am to Sat 18 Dec 2021, 11.44am. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Aug 2021, 4.54pm

Other planned events: Notice of 1080 baiting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be conducting a ground baiting program using dried meat baits containing 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of the introduced European fox. The program will be conducted between 10 August 2021 and 17 December 2021 in Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve (north of the river).

The fox control program is part of the NSW Saving our Species Program for the conservation of priority threatened species such as the beach stone curlew and pied oystercatcher.

All baiting locations will be identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. 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.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information, please call Tweed Byron Office on 02 6670 8600.

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Applies from Fri 25 Jun 2021, 11.05am to Thu 30 Sep 2021, 11.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 26 Aug 2021, 11.54am

Closed areas: Cape Byron Lighthouse and museum closed

Cape Byron Lighthouse and museum are currently closed to protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff.

For more information, please contact the local office.

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Applies from Fri 16 Jul 2021, 4.52pm to Fri 1 Oct 2021, 4.52pm. Last reviewed: Mon 19 Jul 2021, 3.55pm

Closed areas: Mount Nardi - Newton Drive closed

Access to Mount Nardi via Newton Drive is closed for road repairs to a landslip. Newton Drive (within the park) is expected to be closed until the end of September 2021. 

All public vehicle and pedestrian access into the site is closed.

The Historic Nightcap track is still accessible from Rummery Park campground.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact NPWS Richmond River Area on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Sun 11 Apr 2021, 8.18am to Mon 1 Nov 2021, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 26 Jul 2021, 8.46am

Closed areas: Access to Rummery Park campground

Access into Rummery Park campground is via Nightcap Range Road (via Durroughby) only. Due to upgrade works at the Minyon Falls precinct, Minyon Drive is closed and will remain closed until the end of October 2021.

For further information, please contact the NPWS Richmond River area office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Mon 1 Mar 2021, 7.00am to Mon 1 Nov 2021, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 16 Jul 2021, 4.48pm

Closed areas: Minyon Falls precinct closed

Minyon Falls precinct and Minyon Grass picnic area are closed for upgrades from Monday 1 March 2021 to Sunday 31 October 2021.

The closure has been extended until Sunday 31 October 2021, due to COVID-related material delays, weather and design issues.

The closed areas include:

  • Minyon Falls picnic area (including Minyon Falls lookout)
  • Minyon Grass picnic area
  • Minyon loop walking track and all access points to the track
  • Boggy Creek track

Access to Rummery Park campground will be via Nightcap Range Road. Signs will be in place around the closed areas.

With the exception of the closed tracks, the multi-use trail network will still be accessible from the Telephone Road trailer carpark via Nightcap Range Road (via Dunoon).

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

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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/things-to-do/picnic-areas/wategos-beach/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. Pay and display machines - cash and credit cards accepted.

    Coach entry: $29 per coach up to 30 seats; $55 per coach 31 to 43 seats; $91 per coach 44 seats and over.

    Buy annual pass
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Emergency services

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