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Cape Byron Preliminary Visitor Master Plan

View the draft Cape Byron Preliminary Visitor Master Plan (PDF 6.3MB) and stay tuned to find out when the final master plan will be available.

Cape Byron Trust, National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has prepared a draft master plan for Cape Byron, Cape Byron State Conservation Area.

The Cape Byron Preliminary Visitor Master Plan prepared for the Cape Byron Trust, NPWS and OEH by Context Landscape Design, was on public exhibition from 13 February 2017 to 27 March 2017.

The public exhibition period is now closed, thank you to those who took the time to provide feedback.

Submissions will be considered by the Cape Byron Trust, NPWS and OEH in finalising the master plan. The master plan will be posted on this site when completed.

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.

The draft 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.

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

Page last updated: 28 March 2017