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Cape Byron Information Centre

Cape Byron State Conservation Area

Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Thu 5 December 2019, 12.43pm

Applies from Thu 28 Nov 2019, 12.34pm. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Dec 2019, 12.43pm.

Fire bans: Park fire ban - Tweed-Byron and Richmond River areas

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, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas 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.

Nearby alerts

Applies from Thu 28 Nov 2019, 12.34pm. Last reviewed: Thu 5 Dec 2019, 12.43pm

Fire bans: Park fire ban - Tweed-Byron and Richmond River areas

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, different rules apply. Contact the local park office before bringing a gas 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 25 Nov 2019, 11.16am to Fri 20 Dec 2019, 11.16am. Last reviewed: Tue 26 Nov 2019, 3.52pm

Closed areas: Section of Cape Byron walking track closed

The Tallow Beach lookout to Tallow Ridge section of Cape Byron walking track is closed from Monday 25 November to Friday 20 December 2019. This is so the track can be upgraded.

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

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Applies from Thu 17 Oct 2019, 10.11am to Wed 8 Jan 2020, 9.39am. Last reviewed: Tue 19 Nov 2019, 1.00pm

Other planned events: Fox control program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be doing 1080 ground baiting for foxes in Brunswick Nature Reserve (north). 

The baiting program will run from 29 October 2019 to 10 December 2019. It will reduce the impact of the European red fox on threatened species including beach stone curlew and pied oystercatcher. The fox control program is part of the NSW Saving our Species Program.

There will be 1080 warning signs at the authorised access points to the baiting location. Don't touch baits or ejector devices.

Domestic pets, including dogs, are not permitted in national parks or reserves. 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) baits are lethal to domestic dogs and cats. Please restrain pets and working dogs and ensure they do not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning, seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information contact the NPWS Tweed Byron area office in Murwillumbah on 02 6670 8600.

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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.

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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/visitor-centres/cape-byron-information-centre/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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Cape Byron Information Centre, Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: L Middleton