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Cape Byron Headland & Lighthouse Walking Tour

2 - 2.5 Hrs

Adult $39 / Children $29

8:30am daily or sunrise tours by appointment

If you're not up for kayaking but still want to get out in nature, our Cape Byron Headland & Lighthouse Walking Tour is for you. This 5.4km hike leads you through lush green rainforest and across clifftops with stunning ocean and hinterland views. En route you’ll wander through the shade of bangalow palms and ancient burrawangs, across kangaroo grasslands and picturesque beaches, all the way up to Cape Byron Lighthouse. Here you experience the best view in Australia and if you're lucky you might even spot a dolphin, turtle, whale or stingray. This is one of the best ways to spend a couple of hours in Byron Bay so don't be surprised if you want to turn around and do it all again.

What's Included

Walking Tour

  • Free photos for download
  • Free coffee, hot chocolate & snacks
  • Free pick up / drop off
  • Binoculars for wildlife spotting
  • Sunscreen provided

What to Bring

  • Good walking shoes
  • Comfortable light clothing
  • Hat & sunglasses
  • Backpack to carry belongings
  • Swimmers & small towel
  • Moderate level of fitness required

Tour Itinerary

1. Clarkes Beach to Captain Cook Lookout.
Meeting at our location Opposite 56 Lawson St. We head off on our 2.5hr guided walk of the Cape Byron Headland. Our first leg is a gentle beach walk in sands once mined for their dark minerals in the 1960’s. Now white and soft, this is also one of the areas of Byron bay known for it’s calmer waters.

2. Captain Cook to Palm Valley (The Pass) 700 metres, 15 minutes, flat.
Stroll along the boardwalk to Palm Valley. At Palm Valley wander through a Bangalow palm forest and visit one of the oldest middens in the region, where the Bundjalung people camped, leaving remains of dugum* (pipis), julum* (fish) and other animals.

3. Palm Valley to Wategos Beach 500 metres, 10 minutes, some steps.
Climb around the headland to Wategos Beach. Watch surfers and bottlenose dolphins ride waves into shore or cool off in the water at this sheltered cove. Feel free to bring your towel and swimmers along in a backpack as we can jump in here for a swim.

4. Wategos Beach to Lighthouse 700 metres, 25 minutes, steep with steps.
Enjoy spectacular views while ascending steep cliffs to the Australian mainland’s most easterly point. Look out for dolphins, stingrays, bingihyn* (turtles) and, of course, humpback whales on their annual migration between May and November before climbing to the top of Walgun* (Cape Byron Headland).Once at the lighthouse we will stop briefly for a break with some refreshments and snacks.

5. Lighthouse to Captain Cook car park 1.6 kilometres, 20 minutes, steep sections, unpaved track.
Descend through littoral (coastal) rainforest with scattered barwan* (Burrawang palms). In pre-historic times cycads like these dominated the landscape.

6. Captain Cook Car Park beach walk finish at Clarkes Beach 300 metres, soft sand, paved finish.

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