Cape Byron Lighthouse, Byron Bay

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Siting on the most easterly point of the country's mainland, Cape Byron Lighthouse was constructed in 1901 and fully automated in 1989. The iconic white tower attracts nearly half a million visitors each year, offering commanding views of the ocean and the coast. Take a guided tour and learn more about shipwrecks at the museum below. Remember to bring a pair of binoculars to watch humpback whales, dolphins, and turtles. You can also stay overnight at the former lighthouse keeper's residence or one of the two cottages once occupied by assistant keepers. For Cape Byron Lighthouse and beyond, use our Byron Bay online trip maker to get the most from your Byron Bay vacation.
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  • Light house was open for tours the day we went, worth planning to be there when a guided tour is been run, parking is a problem but worth the effort, great views from up top of lighthouse. 
    Light house was open for tours the day we went, worth planning to be there when a guided tour is been run, parking is a problem but worth the effort, great views from up top of lighthouse.  more »
  • Extraordinary views of coast far, far north. Note the strip of golden beach all along the ocean to the west and north as far as you can see. Well worth the $8 to park at the top and leisurely walk.....  more
    Extraordinary views of coast far, far north. Note the strip of golden beach all along the ocean to the west and north as far as you can see. Well worth the $8 to park at the top and leisurely walk.....  more »
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  • It’s a bit of a drive up the hill, but it’s well worth it. Lots of car parks however you have to pay just to park there which is why a lot of the locals walk up to the hill but I wouldn’t recommend it as it is a long way up. Beautiful views of the beach there which you can use binoculars to peer out with, however it needs gold coins (we didn’t use because it seemed old and might not work). There is also bathrooms, a cafe and a information and gift shop there which is nice but we didn’t check out. The lighthouse is wonderful but I don’t believe you can go inside. There is also a walking track which leads to different lookouts for the beach and a part where you can walk onto the beach. It is step to go down so you have to be careful on the way down. It’s a beautiful bush walk as well and you get to see some wildlife. I suggest bringing a water bottle as you can get dehydrated quite easily. The trek back up is the WORST (if you are unfit like me) you go down really quick but going back up is very difficult or as I said I’m probably just unfit. It’s a nice little trip and it seems the locals go there to exercise and look at the views. There are little rest areas on the tracks with information plates and benches. If you are lucky you might see some whales or dolphins. It gets very windy so bring a jacket or jumper as it gets quite cold.
  • Absolutely stunning views! A must visit for all the family. Parking is limited and walking up hill if you don't find parking at the top is unavoidable. Port-a-potty used as toilets are unavailable due to repairs. Small cafe on site. Metered parking.

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