Walking Track – Cape Byron Lighthouse - Byron Bay
- Stunning scenery, spectacular views
- Variety of walking choices through bush or by road
- Can be walked in shorter sections to suit age/stamina of child
- Cash-only cafe and amenities block near lighthouse
Cape Byron Lighthouse, is probably one of the most visited, photographed and highly recognisable lighthouses in Australia.
‘Spectacular’, ‘breathtaking’, ‘stunning’ are just some of the adjectives used to describe the Cape Byron Lighthouse Walking Track but don’t just take my word for it. A cursory glance through the reviews on TripAdvisor should convince you that this is a must-do activity if you are in Byron Bay – whether you are visiting or lucky enough to live here.
Apart from the spectacular scenery, what is also so good about it, is its versatility. The track can be picked up at a number of points along the way and can therefore be walked in shorter sections depending on your (children’s) age/stamina. You can walk from Lawson Street in town towards the lighthouse until it becomes Lighthouse Road. When you reach the Captain Cook car park you can either take the boardwalk or, across the road is Lee Lane and a signposted entry will direct you to the bushland route. Alternatively, you can park closer at either The Pass or Watego’s beach and pick up the trail from there. And, if your little one is in a stroller, you don’t have to miss out – you can walk up to where the boardwalk ends and then continue on the road, instead of through bushland and navigating steps. You will still be rewarded at the top with magnificent 360 degree ocean and hinterland views.
The Cape is also very special to the Bundjalung of Byron Bay (Arakwal) Aboriginal people. Archaeological and historical records from Cape Byron (Walgun) indicate that Aboriginal people used areas within the reserve for hunting, gathering and as a campsite. The Cape Gallery and shop are operated by Arakwal National Park and you can learn more about their indigenous history in the cultural resource room or by visiting their website
There are public toilets and a cafe located close the lighthouse but it is worth noting that the cafe is CASH ONLY operated so make sure you have some change on you if you wish to purchase refreshments.