Cape Byron State Conservation Area has been a place of great significance for Aboriginal people for many thousands of years. Cape Byron or "Walgun" as it is traditionally known, is under joint management with Cape Byron Trust and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The Bundjalung of Byron Bay (Arakwal) people maintain spiritual, cultural and historical significance with the Cape and the joint management of the area enhances their cultural, social and economic needs.
Cape Byron Lighthouse sits on Australia’s most easterly point. Its powerful lamp still burns brightly across the bay and the spectacular views and whale and dolphin watching opportunities abound. From 10am to 4pm you can take a Byron Bay lighthouse tour to the top of the lighthouse and experience 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean.
The Cape Byron Walking Track is popular with locals and visitors alike. Enjoy spectacular ocean views on this 3.7km loop hike through rainforest and across clifftops with stunning views of the ocean and hinterland. You will need at least 2 hours to properly experience the track but you can also join the track at the Pass or Wategos beaches for a quick sprint to the lighthouse. You will pass through Bangalow palms and ancient Burrawangs, cross Kangaroo grasslands and wander off the track to secluded beaches.
Beaches of Byron Bay - Cape Byron Headland
The Pass is the most popular surf break on the north coast and is the launch spot for dive boats heading out to Julian Rocks. There is coupon parking at the pass and a great spot to join the walking track. Fisherman's Lookout is a wooden platform from where you can check out the surf and do a spot of dolphin and whale watching.
Wategos Beach is just over a small headland from The Pass and can be accessible by beach or by the walking track. Parking is free along the road and there is a small carpark but spaces are limited. There are free electrick BBQ's and picnic tables and is a popular spot for beach weddings.
Little Wategos - is at the end of the Cape and only accessible by the beach or walking track. This is a secluded sheltered beach for swimming and sunbathing, overlooked by the lighthouse and the most easterly beach in Australia.
Clarkes Beach is the next beach from Main Beach before you hit the Pass and is ideal for windsurfing, body-boarding and paragliding. In winter humpback whales have been known to frolic with their calves in the bay. The beach is north facing and idyllic all year round. Visit the Beach Cafe for it's understated luxury, spectacular ocean views, absolute beachfront location.
Cozy Corner is tucked under the south side of Cape Byron. It's a sheltered spot and an alternative to the main beaches or Byron when the northerlies are blowing. Access is from Tallow Beach Road and there is coupon parking. See the hang gliders flying from their launch pad overhead.
Tallow Beach is only accessible by walking south from Cosy Corner or from some small car parks in Suffolk Park. The beach stretches to Broken Head and is dog friendly for several kilometers. The surf here can be choppy and erratic so take care.