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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.

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Nearby alerts

Applies from Wed 10 Apr 2019, 4.23pm. Last reviewed: Wed 10 Apr 2019, 4.23pm

Safety alerts: New road conditions at Black Rocks campground - take care

There have been recent roadworks around Black Rocks campground. These roadworks include newly graded road and refreshment of existing speed bumps. Visitors are reminded to travel at the recommended signposted speed limit.

For more information, call the NPWS Alstonville office on 02 6627 0200.

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Applies from Wed 3 Apr 2019, 11.20am to Fri 26 Apr 2019, 11.11am. Last reviewed: Wed 10 Apr 2019, 1.04pm

Closed areas: Booyong walking track and Airdrop Road closed

Booyong walking track and Airdrop Road in Border Ranges National Park are closed until Friday 12 April 2019. This is due to tree falls. These areas will remain closed unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please call the NPWS Richmond River area office on 02 6632 0000 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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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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Applies from Thu 13 Sep 2018, 11.02am to Sun 30 Jun 2019, 10.53am. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Oct 2018, 4.57pm

Closed areas: Toilet removed at Broadwater Beach picnic area

The toilet at Broadwater Beach picnic area has been removed due to extensive vandalism and will be replaced by June 2019. The picnic area and beach access remains open. 

For more information, please contact NPWS Alstonville area office on 02 6627 0200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 12 Jul 2018, 9.49am. Last reviewed: Tue 14 Aug 2018, 8.52am

Other planned events: Black Rocks campground - changed access from the Pacific Highway

Access to Black Rocks campground from the Pacific Highway via The Gap Road has changed.

The turnoff to The Gap Road has permanently closed as part of the Pacific Highway upgrade. Access to The Gap Road is now via Tuckombil Road, which runs parallel to the highway. 

The turnoff to Tuckombil Road is 2km south of the southern end of the town of Woodburn. Follow Tuckombil Road south for 1.8km, then turn left onto The Gap Road. Black Rocks campground is 20km south along The Gap Road. 

Please drive slowly along The Gap Road because it is unsealed.

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Applies from Tue 18 Jul 2017, 7.00am to Tue 30 Jun 2020, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 16 Apr 2018, 8.58am

Safety alerts: Ilmenite stockpile removal and site rehabilitation

Visitors to Black Rocks campground should expect to encounter large trucks on The Gap Road. This is part of a major project to remove a sand mining tailings stockpile from the park and restore the area to a natural ecosystem. Park visitors are asked to slow down and exercise caution while driving along The Gap Road. No works associated with this project will be undertaken on weekends, public holidays or NSW school holidays. The truck movements are expected to continue until June 2020. For more information or to report any incidents please contact the NPWS Richmond River area office on (02) 6627 0200.

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Applies from Sun 19 Mar 2017, 3.28pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Sep 2018, 12.15pm

Closed areas: Pedestrian beach access track closed

Some areas of this park are temporarily closed due to storm damage until further notice. This closure may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible. Closed areas are:

  • Pedestrian access track to beach near Black Rocks near Site 8 in Black Rocks campground

Penalties apply for non-complianceFor more information, please contact the NPWS Richmond River area office on (02) 6627 0200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Tue 1 Sep 2015, 4.41pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Sep 2018, 12.14pm

Other incidents: Black Rocks campground - aircraft noise

Attention for campers at Black Rocks regarding periodic aircraft noise over the campground. The Department of Defence has a training area within Bundjalung National Park north of Black Rocks campground. Aircraft may fly over the campground from time to time. Please ring 1300 333 3623 or consult the Department of Defence website for more information.

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Applies from Fri 28 Nov 2014, 11.33am. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Sep 2018, 12.15pm

Closed areas: Closure Gamma Garra pedestrian bridge

Gumma Garra pedestrian bridge is closed due to safety issues until further notice. The walking tracks at Gumma Garra will not be accessible until the bridge is repaired. For more information, please contact the NPWS Alstonville area office on (02) 6627 0200 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Mon 15 Sep 2014, 4.37pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Sep 2018, 12.14pm

Closed areas: Black Rocks campground - No 4WD Beach access

Partial closure. No 4WD beach access from Black Rocks campground. Due to significant storm damage, the 4WD beach access at Black Rocks campground is closed. Vehicles may still drive along Ten Mile Beach north from the Shark Bay 4WD beach access, but cannot exit at Black Rocks.There are no other beach access points on Ten Mile Beach other than Shark Bay 4WD beach access. No 4WD access north of Black Rocks campground.

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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/visit-a-park/parks/cape-byron-state-conservation-area/local-alerts

Contact

  • 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:

    $8 per vehicle per hour/$4 per hour motorcycles at Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct and Information Centre carpark. Maximum 1 hour per vehicle per calendar day, including all NPWS annual passholders.

    $4 per vehicle/motorcycle per hour in the lower lighthouse carparks and at Captain Cook lookout, Cosy Corner, and The Pass carparks. Coin-operated and credit card payment available.

    Buy an annual pass.
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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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Looking along the beach, Cosy Corner. Photo: John Spencer