Cape Byron was my favourite area of Byron Bay, filled with beautiful beaches, national parks and historic landmarks. Whilst you’re staying in Byron, you should spend a day exploring the many delights that the Cape has to offer. It’s ideal to escape the bustle of the town and explore Byron’s natural beauty and these are the highlights not to miss whilst you’re there.

Tallow Beach

This secluded sandy beach stretches for miles down the easterly flank of Cape Byron. It’s popular for swimming, sunbathing, fishing and birdwatching making it the ideal place to spend an afternoon.

Tallow Beach, Cape Byron

Arakwal National Park

Made up of scenic woodland and bushland, Arakwal National Park lies in between the town and Tallow Beach. There are several trails that you can walk or bike to explore the park, most of which will lead you out to the beach

Arakwal National Park

Cape Byron Walking Track

The Cape Byron Walking Track is a circular trail that loops around the State Conservation Area. The track is 3.7km in total and takes you past many of the area’s highlights including cliff tops, beaches, grassland and the famous lighthouse.

Cape Byron Walking Track

Cape Byron Lighthouse

Visiting Cape Byron Lighthouse is one of the top things to do in Byron Bay. Completed in 1901, the lighthouse is still working today and offers fantastic views of the surrounding coastline. It’s a particularly beautiful spot for both sunset and sunrise, but also can be particularly busy at these times too!

Cape Byron Lighthouse at sunset

Most Easterly Point of Australia Mainland

You can reach this lookout by detouring off the main walking track and onto the Little Wategos Track. It’s a little bit of a steep climb, but you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views across the Pacific Ocean. Another popular spot for sunrise!

Most Easterly Point of Australia walkway

Fisherman’s Lookout

Another gorgeous landmark spot is Fisherman’s Lookout. Located towards the start of the Cape Byron Walking Track, this lookout offers amazing views back across Byron Bay Beach and where you can sometimes even spot dolphins!

Fishermans Lookout, Cape Byron

Wategos Beach

If you’re looking to catch some waves away from the crowds of Byron Bay’s main beach, then Wategos Beach is your answer. This small secluded beach is predominantly a meeting place for surfers. But it’s white sand and gentle waves attracts swimmers, sunbathers and paddle boarders too.

Wategos Beach, Cape Byron

Whale watching

Between May and November the northern area of NSW is one of the best places in the world to spot humpback whales during their annual migration. Given its many cliff top lookouts, the area is the ideal place to observe these giants. Clarkes Beach, Most Easterly Point and Cape Byron Lighthouse are all common places where you can usually spot them out in the ocean.

Viewfinder for Whale Watching

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