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Cape Byron Preliminary Visitor Master Plan

Cape Byron Trust, National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) are seeking your feedback on the Cape Byron Preliminary Visitor Master Plan, Cape Byron State Conservation Area.

The guiding vision in planning for visitor use at Cape Byron are:

  • Cultural and environmental conservation is at the forefront of the Cape Byron Master Plan. From the heritage listed lighthouse precinct, to the endangered ecological communities of the state conservation area, this masterplan will ensure this iconic location is conserved and protected into the future.
  • Cape Byron has a close connection with the community of Byron Bay, continuing community engagement is essential.
  • Visitor experiences will be enhanced with promotion of the unique culture and heritage of Cape Byron through education, outstanding natural spaces and engaging experiences.
  • The overall Cape Byron experience is set to be improved with a proposed solar powered electric shuttle bus and improved Cape Byron walking tracks at one of Byron's most cherished locations. Proposals include the completion of the Wategos Beach footpath, extension of the walking track beyond the boardwalk on Lighthouse Road and the Tallow Ridge walking track link to Tallow Beach Road to remove conflicts between walkers and cars, and provide a unique and memorable walk. More than 2800 people walk to the Lighthouse daily and the safety of visitors is paramount. Improved walking tracks and lookouts at Little Wategos and the Most Easterly Point of Mainland Australia are important to protect the endangered ecological grassland communities and to provide for the popular joggers and people enjoying the views and wildlife.

This master plan talks about a special part of Country to the Bundjalung of Byron Bay (Arakwal) people, a place of spiritual and cultural significance. The Arakwal people jointly manage the park with the NPWS as members of the Cape Byron Trust, together with community members. This master plan is to provide our joint management with a clear vision to plan for the future challenges and opportunities that tourism presents our Byron community. Arakwal are committed to protecting our culture, spiritual, historical and natural environment.

Questions and answers have been prepared to assist in understanding the proposals.

The Cape Byron Preliminary Visitor Master Plan prepared by Context Landscape Design, will be on public exhibition from 13 February 2017. The deadline for submissions is 27 March 2017.

How to Comment on the master plan

Hard copies of the NPWS Cape Byron Preliminary Visitor Master Plan can be viewed at:

  • NPWS Byron Bay Office, Tallow Beach Road, Byron Bay NSW 2481
  • Byron Shire Council, 70-90 Station Street, Mullumbimby NSW 2482
  • Byron Bay Library, Corner of Lawson and Middleton Streets, Byron Bay NSW 2481
  • Office of Environment and Heritage, Level 14, 59-61 Goulburn Street, Sydney NSW 2000.

Send in your comments in any of the following ways:

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Make a submission online by using the online form below

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By email
Email your submission to:

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By mail
Post your submission to:
Cape Byron Trust
PO Box 127
Byron Bay NSW 2481.

Comments on the master plan close on 27 March 2017.

For more information contact

For more information about the NPWS planning process for Cape Byron, visit the questions and answers page.

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Page last updated: 13 February 2017