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Wategos Beach

Cape Byron State Conservation Area

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Wed 27 February 2019, 11.04am

Applies from Fri 22 Feb 2019, 2.18pm. Last reviewed: Wed 27 Feb 2019, 11.04am.

Closed areas: Take care on beaches in Cape Byron State Conservation Area

Some areas of Cape Byron State Conservation Area have been impacted by former Tropical Cyclone Oma. Areas have been reopened but please take care as hazards remain in:

  • Wategos Beach
  • Clarkes Beach
  • The Pass

For more information, please call the NPWS Tweed Byron area office on 02 6639 8300 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Thu 12 Sep 2019, 8.35am to Mon 16 Sep 2019, 9.00am. Last reviewed: Thu 12 Sep 2019, 10.35am

Fire bans: Park fire ban

A park fire ban is in place in this park and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamine) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)

If a Total Fire Ban is in place, please contact the local park office before using a gas and or electric barbecue or cooker.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page.

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Applies from Mon 19 Aug 2019, 8.05am to Fri 20 Sep 2019, 4.30pm. Last reviewed: Tue 3 Sep 2019, 1.26pm

Closed areas: Minyon Drive road closure

Minyon Drive will be closed between Minyon Falls and Rummery Park campground due to road repairs from Monday 19 August to Monday 9 September 2019. If you are travelling to Rummery Park campground, the only access will be via Nightcap Range Road. Likewise, if you are travelling to Minyon Falls, the only access will be via Minyon Drive. 

This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call 02 6627 0200.

Affects 2 parks and 3 locations nearby. Show list

Applies from Mon 5 Aug 2019, 9.43am to Mon 30 Sep 2019, 9.39am. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Sep 2019, 11.02am

Closed areas: Fishermans lookout closed

Fishermans lookout is closed due to construction works from Monday 12 August to Monday 30 September 2019. This is unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the Tweed Byron area office on 02 6639 8300.

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Applies from Fri 26 Jul 2019, 9.30am. Last reviewed: Thu 25 Jul 2019, 9.13am

Hazard reduction burns: Yelgun HR

There is a fire in this park called Yelgun HR. Refer to the Rural Fire Service for latest information. Do not enter any closed area or area with fire. If you see an unattended fire call Triple Zero (000). Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire safety in parks and reserves, visit the NSW National Parks fire safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Fri 5 Jul 2019, 12.03pm. Last reviewed: Mon 5 Aug 2019, 2.22pm

Closed areas: Beach access from Captain Cook walking track closed

The access to the beach off Captain Cook walking track in Cape Byron State Conservation Area is closed due to beach erosion. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. For more information, please contact the NPWS Tweed Byron area office on 02 6639 8300.

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Applies from Fri 22 Feb 2019, 2.18pm. Last reviewed: Wed 27 Feb 2019, 11.04am

Closed areas: Take care on beaches in Cape Byron State Conservation Area

Some areas of Cape Byron State Conservation Area have been impacted by former Tropical Cyclone Oma. Areas have been reopened but please take care as hazards remain in:

  • Wategos Beach
  • Clarkes Beach
  • The Pass

For more information, please call the NPWS Tweed Byron area office on 02 6639 8300 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

Affects 1 park and 1 location nearby. Show list

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. 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.

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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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Waves rolling into Little Wategos beach. Photo: John Spencer