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Wategos Beach

Cape Byron State Conservation Area

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Applies from Fri 9 Sep 2022, 10.43am to Fri 27 Jan 2023, 10.45am. Last reviewed: Wed 30 Nov 2022, 10.39am

Closed areas: Areas closed for repair

Some parts of this park are closed from Friday 9 September to Friday 27 January 2023 while walking trails and bridges are repaired from flood damage. The closed areas are:

  • Hells Hole
  • Unicorn Falls
  • Sand Ridge trail
  • Rockface road
  • Middle Ridge trail
  • North Chowan road
  • South Chowan road (beyond locked gate)

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

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Applies from Wed 19 Oct 2022, 8.57am to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 8.58am. Last reviewed: Mon 28 Nov 2022, 9.32am

Safety alerts: North Rocks Road closed

North Rocks Road is closed until Friday 30 June 2023. 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 Fri 25 Mar 2022, 2.25pm to Fri 30 Jun 2023, 10.30am. Last reviewed: Wed 23 Nov 2022, 10.22am

Closed areas: Closed tracks due to flood damage

The following walking tracks and areas are closed until Friday 30 June 2023 due to flood damage:

  • Minyon falls walking track
  • Minyon Grass picnic area
  • Protestors Falls walking track
  • Terania Creek picnic area
  • Historic Nightcap track
  • Pholis Gap walking track

Whian Whian mountain bike trails will remain closed until Saturday 15 December 2022.

The Minyon Drive access road is open.

These closures may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.

Alternative walking options in the area include:

  • Big Scrub loop and Rocky Creek Dam walk, accessible from Rocky Creek Dam picnic area
  • Mount Matheson loop accessible from Newton Drive.

Please drive with care as local roads leading to the park still have considerable flood damage. There are large pot holes, wash out and some narrow, single lane sections.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the NPWS Alstonville office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Tue 25 Oct 2022, 3.52pm to Mon 19 Dec 2022, 11.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 17 Nov 2022, 8.31am

Other planned events: Fox control program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be laying 1080 ground baits between Tuesday 25 October and Saturday 19 December 2022 in Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve (north of the river) to control the introduced European red fox.

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

1080 warning signs will be placed at all authorised access points to the baiting location.

1080 is lethal to domestic dogs. Please restrain pets and working dogs and ensure they do not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning please seek immediate veterinary assistance. Domestic dogs are prohibited in all NSW National Parks, penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information contact the NPWS Tweed Byron Area office in Tweed on 02 6670 8600.

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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 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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Emergency services

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