Every visitor to Byron Bay must visit Cape Byron Lighthouse, and the best way do so is on foot.
The lighthouse is situated at Australia’s most easterly point, atop a 94 metre cliff. You can visit in the morning to see the sun rise over the Pacific, or take a late afternoon stroll to watch the sun disappear over the mountains. You’ll be rewarded with stunning views in all directions, frequently featuring dolphins, turtles and even whales during whale season (May to October).
Here are some simple instructions for how to walk, or jog, to the lighthouse:
Going up (this is the steepest and fastest route to the top, saving the best views for the walk down)
- First walk along Lawson Street towards the lighthouse until it becomes Lighthouse Road.
- Then, opposite the Captain Cook car park, turn right down Lee Lane.
- Enter the bush along a walking track.
- Follow the track through the rainforest, and you will emerge at the hang-gliders’ launching platform.
- Continue on towards the lighthouse.
- Continue past the lighthouse and on to the most easterly point.
- Follow the path down the other side towards Little Watego’s.
- Stop and take a swim at Watego’s Beach before continuing on the trail back to The Pass.
- From here, you can walk along Clarke’s and Main Beach back to Byron Bay.
Then, to be like a Byron Bay local, repeat a couple of times each week before school. ENJOY!