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Cape Bayron

Practical information on Cape Bayron

  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Viewpoint
  • Extreme Sports
  • Water Sports
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
168 km from Brisbane
When to go
Between September and April
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Cape Bayron

Lisa Gaillard Seasoned Traveller
47 written opinions

Extending on from Byron Bay, Cape Byron is the easternmost point of Australia.

Its famous lighthouse perched on the hills is a favourite place for watching dolphins and whales.

My suggestion:
Surf the waves: you are in a great place for this (whether you are a beginner or experienced). Visit the various beaches around Cape Byron. Climb up to the lighthouse. Go all over Captain Cook Lookout: there is a path that stretches over 4 km.
My review

Cape Byron and Byron Bay are among my favourite places in Australia.

At Cape Byron, the beaches come one after another in the form of coves: you'll be spoilt for choice over where to put your towel and where to go surfing. Unlike the Gold Coast, Cape Byron is protected from urban development; therefore, there are no large buildings on the coast. Moreover, the forests of Arakwal National Park border the fine sandy beaches.

The Pass, where I surfed, is an ideal beach to start with! It is a beautiful right of around 1.20 metres (may vary according to the day)... you'll have your foot back! At The Pass, you can also watch the waves from Fisherman's Lookout: a wooden platform built on the rock that overlooks the sea.

Of course, you can't visit Cape Byron without taking a trip to the lighthouse! The lighthouse has been there since 1901. Be careful! It is almost impossible to park there. The car park is overrun with the cars of visitors. You can do what I did: park further down and walk up. At the lighthouse, there is a wide panorama of the ocean that stretches towards the horizon, but the whales weren't there for me. They are only present from June to October, while they migrate towards the south. I was there in October; perhaps it was already too late!

If you are looking for a sporty trip or want to discover nature, Cape Byron is perfect for you!