Three Sisters Circuit, Byron Bay

Three Sisters Circuit, Byron Bay


Posted 2017-01-25 by Chloe Doylefollow

In the hinterland of Byron Bay lies a must-do circuit trail for nature and coastal lovers alike. A short 5 minute drive south of Byron's hub you will find the Broken Head Nature Reserve and in particular the beginning of the 'Three Sisters Circuit'.

Not only is the walk one of the shortest you can do in Byron & its surroundings, but it is also (in my opinion) one of the most scenic. There is ample parking available at Broken Head, both paid and free. If you can find a park before the entrance to the National Park, this parking is free, just your walk is a little bit more of a trek than if you were to park in the paid section in front of the entrance. It's a good idea to bring a bag for the walk so you're not lumping around your towels, camera, food etc.

The 1.6km return circuit offers impressive views of Broken Head beach, Cape Byron, and of course the highlight of 'Three Sisters Rock'. The inhabitants of this land, known as the 'Bundjalung' people, refer to these rocks as the "Swimmers in Stone" or "Cocked Hat Rocks". The background to the name comes from dreamtime story about three sisters who were bathing off the headland. Unfortunately one got swept out by a strong current, then followed by her two sisters whilst attempting to save her. The story was a tale parents told their children to stop them from swimming in strong currents off the headland or they too would turn to stone.

As you can see from the photos, the circuit offers beautiful views of the coast off Byron & the headland, but it doesn't just end there. Instead, like a 'cherry on top', there is Kings Beach to explore too. Less than five minutes along the headland you will find a lookout overlooking multiple coves and to your right a steep decline to your very own private beach, Kings Beach. This beach is like a little cove, covered in pebbles, that is the perfect alternative to Byron's most well-known beaches for those busy summer days. The beach is sheltered from the wind with headlands on both sides & plenty of places to set down a towel or picnic basket.

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