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Published August 14th 2020
See Australia's most iconic and powerful Lighthouse
*Please check website for closures due to COVID-19.

Built-in 1901 by Charles Harding, and sitting on the most easterly point of Australia's mainland at 94-metres above sea level, Cape Bryon Lighthouse perches high on a rocky headland overlooking the breathtaking bay and beyond. Sweeping views of the mighty Pacific Ocean can also be seen from the lighthouse.

Since it converted to electricity in 1956, it earned its title for being the most powerful lighthouse in Australia, making a visit to Byron Bay not complete without seeing the famous Cape Bryon Lighthouse.

This magnificent 22-metre tall structure was built to protect ships passing along the coast and was operated by resident lightkeepers until 1989. Today, Cape Bryon Lighthouse is automated, and the light shines across over Cape Bryon Marine Park as well as being clearly visible from Byron Bay township.

With the positioning of the lighthouse, panoramic vantage points can be found here, making it easy to spot out turtles and dolphins, and during migration season majestic humpback whales can also be spotted.

In 1899 construction of Cape Byron Lighthouse began and it is believed that the development destroyed a 'dancing circle' used by the regions Arakwal Bumberlin people and the Bundjalung of Bryon Bay.

Breathtaking sunset views from the Lighthouse

After two years, the lighthouse was completed with a powerful, concentric six-wick kerosene burner, and a celebration took place, with residents from Lismore and Murwillumbah attending to witness the grand unveiling.

Today, Cape Bryon Lighthouse is still operational, and the original kerosene burner has been upgraded numerous times. Also, a fixed red light was added to cover Julian Rocks to the north.

Gorgeous ocean views can be seen from the Cape Byron Walking Track

The Cape Byron Lighthouse Maritime Museum once housed the original lightkeepers office, and today it is home to interesting facts, including shipwrecks and stories from the sea that relate to Cape Byron Lighthouse, as well as other interesting artefacts, displays, and more.

Cape Byron Lighthouse Tours are available and take 20-minutes. The tour includes experiencing 360-degree views from the top of the lighthouse.

Please note with COVID-19 still present, tours have been suspended till further notice.

Nearby the Cape Bryon Walking Track is worth exploring. The walking track weaves its way through lush rainforest, crossing grassy clifftops and passing awe-inspiring views. The track is 3.7km and is clearly signposted. It leads to (or starts from) Cape Byron Lighthouse. Do note that the walk features numerous stairs and short, steep inclines.

Fun Facts (sourced from Byron & Wikipedia):

Captain James Cook gave Cape Bryon's name in honour of John Bryon, a British explorer.

The Arakawal Bumberlin name for the headland is 'Walgun' which means 'the shoulder'.

Cape Byron Lighthouse is renowned for being one of the best whale-watching destinations.

The lighthouse is an excellent example of colonial architecture.

Cape Byron Lighthouse is a Heritage-list Lighthouse and today is an interpretative centre, maritime museum, administration office, accommodation, and one of the biggest tourist attractions on the North Coast of New South Wales.

* The Lighthouse was added to the Commonwealth Heritage List on 22 June 2004 and on the New South Wales State Heritage Register list on 22 February 2019.
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Why? See one of Australia's most popular Lighthouses
When: All year round
Where: Lighthouse Rd, Byron Bay
Cost: Free
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