If you do one thing in Byron Bay, let it be the Lighthouse Trail (also known as the Cape Byron Walking Track). During sunrise and sunset you’ll have richer colours, but it’s spectacular any time of day. There are several look outs with sweeping views up and down the coast, you pass through a lush valley of palms, and climb to the top of a rocky islet. You might even spot a dolphin or whale – all this on an easy 3.7 km loop.
Time: You could do it in 2 hours at a leisurely pace, a little extra if you’re stopping for coffee, lunch or swims. Power walkers could do it in less than an hour.
First, the map.
Start at the car park on the junction of Lighthouse Road and Lee Lane. Cross Lighthouse Road and begin! The first part of the walk takes you through lush rainforest. You pop out at some grasslands which overlook the long sweep of natural Tallow Beach to the south. Continue up to the lighthouse.
B. Byron Bay Lighthouse
Enjoy the views. Look for dolphins and whales. Enjoy a coffee, cake or some ice-cream at the Lighthouse Café. (They only accept cash so bring some with you.) Enter the lighthouse to learn about its history.
C. Cape Byron Headland
Down a flight of stairs and along the headland you come to the eastern most point of Australia. It’s a great spot for whale watching (May to Oct). Continue on the Wategos Beach. Take a swim if you need to cool down and continue on to shady palm valley.
D. Palm Valley
E. Fisherman’s Lookout
After Fisherman’s Lookout, if you have time for a break, The Pass Cafe provides great views of… you guessed it, The Pass. You can watch the surfers while you sip a cappuccino or chow down something from their menu. The have a selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
F. Captain Cook Lookout
And finally, stop to take in the views from Captain Cook Lookout.