Cape Byron Lighthouse stands on the most easterly point of the Australian
mainland, at ‘the edge of the world’. Built in 1901, it is the last of
the great 19th-century-style lighthouses in the NPWS collection. With its
light clearly visible from Byron Bay township, it is a symbol of local pride
and a popular visitor destination.
The lighthouse and its surrounding cottages are constructed from concrete
blocks, in the extravagant style of the late Victorian era. They stand
dominant in Cape
Byron State Recreation Area, two kilometres east of Byron Bay. From the
headland, you can enjoy panoramic views of the ocean and northern hinterland
— including regular sightings of turtles, dolphins and humpback whales.
Visitors may stay in the lighthouse keepers’ quarters (bookings essential,
call 02 6685 6552). For more information, phone 02 6685 8565.