Cape Byron walking track Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 3.7km

  • Duration: 2hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: 130 Lighthouse Rd, Byron Bay

  • End: 130 Lighthouse Rd, Byron Bay

  • Location: Cape Byron State Conservation Area

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  • Distance from CBD: 763 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -28.64206333

  • Longitude: 153.6260333

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Cape Byron walking track is a 3.7km, grade 3 circuit hike, located in the Cape Byron State Conservation Area, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 2hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

You'll need a good two hours to properly experience the Cape Byron walking track - but it's so rich in delights, so don't be surprised if you reach the end and feel like doing it all again. In fact, it's one of the best ways to spend a couple of hours on the state's entire coast.
The 3.7km loop leads you on a hike through rainforest and across clifftops with stunning views of the ocean and hinterland.
En route you'll wander through the shade of bangalow palms and ancient burrawangs, across kangaroo grasslands, along picturesque beaches and up to Cape Byron Lighthouse. Remember to keep an eye out on the water for turtles, dolphins, stingrays and, in season, whales.
If you'd prefer an easier walk, the track can be accessed at numerous points and walked in shorter sections.
Take a virtual tour of Cape Byron walking track captured with Google Street View Trekker.

About the region

Cape Byron State Conservation Area in the North Coast region
Cape Byron State Conservation Area is open all hours, but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct is open 8am to sunset. The Maritime Museum in the former Lighthouse Keeper's office at the base of the lighthouse is open 10am to 4pm daily. Opening before 8am for events or disabled access can be arranged by prior notice - contact NPWS Byron Bay office during business hours 02 6620 8300.
9.30am to 4.30pm daily. Closed Christmas Day

Getting there

To Cape Byron State Conservation Area. The loop walk can be started at numerous points, including Captain Cook lookout, The Pass, Wategos Beach and Cape Byron Lighthouse. To get there follow Lawson Street (which becomes Lighthouse Road) from Byron Bay town centre and look for the signs Park entry points Cape Byron State Conservation Area See on map Palm Valley carpark See on map Parking Parking is available at Captain Cook lookout, The Pass, Wategos Beach and Cape Byron Lighthouse.


Stick to the track and stay away from cliff edges
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to whale watch
It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited

Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.

The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.

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