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Cape Byron Walk – Byron Bay NSW

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The Cape Byron Walking track would have to be one of my favourite walks . As you wander along the track to the lighthouse you pass through rainforest, beach, grasslands and clifftops which have some of the most spectacular views in Australia.

Cape Byron Walking Track

Cape Byron Walking Track

Make sure you pack plenty of water and snacks for the walk – though there is a great cafe at The Pass that is worth stopping at – so carry some cash as well.

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Walking to the Cape

There are plenty of areas you can stop on the way to rest and take in nature. There are even workout stations – if you are that way inclined lol! It is not uncommon to see people running the track and stopping at the stations on the way. I’m all for fitness but I’ll just stroll and enjoy nature thanks very much!

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Somewhere to rest on the way

You can do the track fairly quickly if you are fit but I’d suggest having a good few hours to explore the 3.7 km loop. You can stop and take a swim and there are cafes along part of the walk  if you need a refreshment.

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Stop for something to eat and a dip at the beach

For anyone not as fit, there are several different access points that allow you to have a shorter, but no less scenic walk.

You will likely see plenty of wildlife if you take your time and keep pretty quiet.

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A lace monitor on the walking track

It is a State Conservation Area, part of NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service so no animals allowed and the boardwalk is the only area that is really wheelchair accessible, but even then probably not the best.

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Great views from the clifftop track

Wategos beach, just around from the Cape Byron headland is one of Australia’s most popular beaches and you can get a great view from the walk, and if it’s summer it’s worth going down for a swim.

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Wategos Beach

One of the highlights is of course the Cape Byron Lighthouse and this sits at the most easterly point of the Australian mainland.

Perched high above Byron Bay’s glorious coastline, historic Cape Byron lighthouse was constructed on this rugged headland in 1901. Its landmark 22m high white tower houses the light that still illuminates the bay of an evening. To find out more about the lighthouse take a tour with an expert guide and be sure to check out the Maritime Museum. In days gone by, lighthouse keepers were responsible for igniting the lighthouse’s light of an evening. The keepers have long been replaced by automated light systems; however the Victorian Georgian style cottages in which they lived remain as heritage listed buildings. Today they operate as holiday accommodation, having been carefully restored to offer modern convenience while retaining their historical charm and an insight into the life of a lighthouse keeper.


Cape Byron Lighthouse

We love going in spring when the wildflowers are out and it’s not too hot – or full of tourists. If you go in winter, though – take the binoculars because you are likely to see the humpback whales migrating from the Antarctic to Queensland.

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Scott at the most easterly point of the Australian Mainland

It’s a medium grade track but has formed paths and fairly easy to complete with normal mobility

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This image was shot in Byron Bay, Australia and shows the lighthouse at Cape Byron.

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