“The Cape Byron Headland Reserve is a State Conservation Area managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.”
The Cape Byron Headland Reserve is a State Conservation Area managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. It comprises spectacular sea cliffs, rare and beautiful coastal vegetation, spectacular beaches and a high quality walking track system that offers spectacular views of both the surrounding Cape Byron Marine Park and the hinterland to the west. Situated on the most easterly point of mainland Australia, the reserve is a popular tourist destination. The Cape Byron Lighthouse and lighthouse keepers cottages, built in 1901, are an outstanding feature of the reserve. All the buildings are listed on the National Estate Register, and offer visitors an insight into what life was like in the days of the lighthouse keepers. Aboriginal culture is alive and well at Cape Byron. The Cape is very special to the Bundjalung of Byron Bay (Arakwal) Aboriginal people.
If there is one thing you have to do when you're in Byron Bay and that is to walk to the lighthouse (and down again). The views are amazing - out to sea (we saw pods of dolphins when we were there), across the Cape Byron State Conservation Area, to Tallows Beach, The Arakwal National Park and the beaches of Byron Bay. There is a museum in the lighthouse which has great photographs of past keepers and their families, as well as old whaling shots and memorabilia of life living in the lighthouse. You can stop at the cafe and have a cup of coffee whilst looking out at the view. The walk up is relatively easy with paths and boardwalks if you follow the road, but if you take the path from Wategos be prepared for loads of stairs - so you'll need to be reasonably fit. Either way it's a great walk and a great way to get your bearings. If you are short of time - or of breath - you can drive your car. Parking at the top is $8, but well worth it as the money goes to the conservation area.
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