Cape Byron is the easternmost point of the mainland of Australia. It is a, just bout 3 km (1.9 mi) east of the town of Byron Bay and juts into the Pacific Ocean. Cape Byron is part of the 22,000 hectare Cape Byron Marine Park. If you’re on holiday visiting Byron Bay, it’s well worth the trip to Cape Byron.
Cape Byron Lighthouse sits on top of the highest point and has become the icon of Byron Bay. From the base of the Lightouse you are treated to panoramic views over the Pacific Ocean and Byron Bay and hinterland. There’s public telescopes to use (for a small coin fee). There’s also a cafe, small museum and gift shop.
If you can, we recommend walking up to the Cape, starting at Wategos Beach and winding around the headland, you’ll see stunning views. Alternatively, there is a car park at the top so you can drive there, however, it gets quite popular so the best advice is to go early.
The cape was named by British explorer Captain James Cook, when he passed the area on 15 May 1770, to honour British explorer John Byron who circumnavigated the globe in HMS Dolphin from 1764 to 1766. The Cape is part of the Cape Byron State Conservation Area. There are regular Lighthouse tours, see the National Parks website for more details .
At Byron Bay Farm Cottages, you also have an opportunity to view Cape Byron and the Lighthouse. Situated on 300 acres, some of which overlooks Byron Bay, (see image below), we offer self-contained cottage accommodation that’s just a few minutes drive from the heart of Byron Bay. All cottages are modern and private and overlook our own private lake (the Byron Bay view is just a short stroll with picnic table provided).