Cape Byron Lighthouse, Byron Bay

Lighthouse · Tourist Spot
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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  • Been to a lighthouse? Finally got to visit aussie tv icon from around the twist. Views from the lighthouse are awesome, but dont try using the binoculars.. stole my $2. Also - be prepared to pay $8...  more »
  • Near the iconic lighthouse with spectacular views, Great for walks. Neat little cafe. Easy parking. Excellent for people who like to hike from elsewhere to the lighthouse.  more »
  • Such a beautiful view. So worth the walk to the top. Take your camera. We saw whales on our walk up there. Its very busy you may have trouble getting a park. Thete is some parking near the top but...  more »
  • My husband and I had a lovely morning visiting the lighthouse. After 9am you can visit the museum and get some free tickets to the lighthouse tour! Please make a donation to help maintain this beautiful landmark. The volunteers are extremely helpful, lovely, friendly and have so much knowledge about this place. There very passionate for their work, and visitors can see that. The little museum explains a little about the Byron bay wildlife, the history of this particular lighthouse and Byron bay history too. It's a must do!! On the day we were visiting the last tour was done at noon, so make sure you arrive early. And maximum 10pp per tour. Kids under 5 can't go as on the top there are no nets and the wall is high, so they wouldn't be able to see the view and it's dangerous to level them up.
  • Stunning views in arguably one Australia's most beautiful locations. Situated on the most Easterly point of Australia's mainland, the lighthouse is a beacon (not just for sailors) that draws crowds from around the country and world. Well worth a visit but expect to have issues with parking at busy times. If you're up for some exercise then leave the car down below at Main Beach or elsewhere and do the 4km walk round trip and rated easy (but not accessible by wheel chair or other mobility aids). Loads of spectacular views, wildlife, historical info and a bite to eat at the cafe.
  • Fantastic ocean views, great walking tracks and lots of dolphins close to the shore that you can see from the top of the cliffs. It is quite a busy spot and parking is limited and costs $8 so try to go early or park before the top and walk up. The lighthouse museum is small but informative and visitor centre has a good cafe with great coffee, cakes and ice creams. Walking to the most easterly point of Australia from the lighthouse is easy on the walkway and a cool thing to do! Please hit the Like button if you found this review helpful.
  • Beautiful area of Australia to visit. We went at dusk and the lighting was gorgeous. If expansive ocean views are your thing then I highly recommend a visit. It does get busy so be prepared to spend time finding a park.
  • The lighthouse museum is interesting and informative. Is not big so quick to get around. The walking tracks are pretty easy (stay of with stairs but are only a few hundred meters long) you get some great views of the ocean and back across Byron Bay. We saw dolphin pods playing in the surf and a couple of big manta rays from up there too! Cafe offers drinks & gelato. $8 entry for the car (and everyone in it).

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