Arakwal National Park

Aerial view of Tallow Creek in Arakwal National Park (Image: DECC)

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No visitor centresNo public transportNo wheelchair facilitiesNo campingNo caravan sitesNo accommodationNo lookoutsNo picnics or BBQsNo kiosks/cafesWalkingDogs and other domestic animals not permittedNo horse riding trailsNo cycling trailsNo car touringNo 4WD touring routesNo canoeing opportunitiesNo sailing and boatingFishingSwimmingNo areas recommended for snorkelling/divingNo adventure recreation opportunities

In 2001, a historic agreement was reached between the NSW State Government and the Byron Bay Arakwal Aboriginal community. Arakwal National Park is the result and has many guises today: it’s an important part of Aboriginal heritage; it’s a haven for migratory birds and animals; and it’s a gift to travellers looking to escape the chaos of the thriving holiday town.

Co-managed by NPWS and its traditional owners, Arakwal features 3km of gorgeous beach bordered by sand dunes and rich coastal heath. All of this is just a stone’s throw from the towering white icon of Cape Byron Lighthouse, meaning it’s closer to the town than it feels.

Bring a towel for swimming or surfing. Once you walk out of the carpark and onto the sand, you’ll forget all about Byron Bay and focus upon the birds and whale watching in the vast Pacific Ocean, which stretches as far as you can see.

Park map: Arakwal National Park

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NSW map: showing Arakwal National Park

Australia map: showing Arakwal National Park

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These maps give you a basic overview of features and facilities. They do not provide detailed information on topography and landscape, and may not be suitable for some activities. We recommend that you buy a topographic map before you go exploring.