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Cape Byron State Conservation Area

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What we're doing

Park management activities

Cape Byron State Conservation Area has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:

Understanding landscapes and geology

Cape Byron State Conservation Area maintains and preserves the land and scenery within its borders. Visitors are able to fully enjoy its attractions as facilities and surrounding landscapes are regularly and carefully maintained.

Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats

Pests and weeds have a significant impact to the ecosystems within Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Risk assessments for new and emerging weeds are carried out as an ongoing initiative within the park. Pest management of bitou bush is an important part of the work NPWS does to protect the integrity of biodiversity which exists within Cape Byron.

Developing visitor facilities and experiences

Cape Byron State Conservation Area is committed to developing visitor facilities for its customers’ enjoyment and safety. Regular maintenance, upgrading and installation of recreational, accommodation and retail amenities and infrastructure take place in this park. NPWS works to monitor vulnerable species and address threats, which can include feral animals and weeds, and implements actions to target their impacts.

Conserving our Aboriginal culture

There are a number of significant Aboriginal sites and artefacts within Cape Byron Conservation Area. NPWS is committed to protecting these important cultural items, and interpretive and educational programs are ongoing in this park.

Managing fire

NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world as a result of our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.


  • 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: $10 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: $5 per vehicle/motorcycle per hour. Tap and pay card or phone payments accepted at pay machines. Cash and credit cards accepted at Cape Byron Information Centre.

    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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Get involved

Cape Byron Lighthouse Friends

Cape Byron Lighthouse Friends

Looking for volunteer work with a view? If you’ve got a minimum of 3 hours a week to spare, come and be part of a friendly team at Cape Byron. Lead guided tours of the museum and lighthouse and share the area’s fascinating maritime history with visitors.