Cape Byron. New South Wales.
Cape Byron Lighthouse is the most easterly point in Australia and about 770 kilometres north of Sydney.
Cape Byron State Conservation Area is great for school excursions and is home to Cape Byron lighthouse, heritage accommodation, walking tracks, scenic lookouts and the Cape Café.
Aboriginal culture is alive and well at Cape Byron. The Cape is very special to the Bundjalung of Byron Bay (Arakwal) Aboriginal people.
Cape Byron lighthouse was built in 1901 and for a century alerted passing ships to the dangers of the coast. Standing sentinel atop the 94 metre cliff at mainland Australia’s most easterly point, the lighthouse is a must-see for all visitors to Byron Bay. Whatever the weather, you’ll be sure of seeing not only stunning views, but most likely dolphins and turtles, whales in season, and maybe the pretty wallabies that now inhabit the Cape.
- 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 6620 9300.
Enjoy the relaxed beachside atmosphere of the purpose-built YHA backpackers in Byron Bay. With inviting common areas surrounding a large heated pool and BBQ area, it’s easy to meet people and enjoy the hostel. You can use the free bikes and boogie boards to explore Byron Bay. Cape Byron YHA hostel is located in the centre of town, just 200m from the beach and cycle trails.
There’s free Wi-Fi hotspot, a free walking tour twice a week to Australia’s most easterly point and the iconic Byron Bay lighthouse. There’s spectacular views where you can spot whales, dolphins and turtles as well as Byron’s famous surfing beaches.