Cape Byron walking track receives much-needed facelift

A 160-metre section of the Cape Byron walking track leading from Wategos Beach towards the Lighthouse has been upgraded, offering visitors a safer, more accessible, and environmentally sustainable walking experience.

Cape Byron walking track upgrade, Cape Byron State Conservation Area

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Area Manager Jen Atkins said the Cape Byron walking track is one of the key visitor locations within Cape Byron State Conservation Area, with an estimated half a million visitors using the track each year.

"The section of the walking track that we've replaced was originally constructed back in the 1980s. Forty years on, the uneven steps, concrete pavers and treated pine logs were showing their age, leading to significant safety and environmental concerns," said Ms Atkins.

"Walkers often deviated from the track, leading to safety hazards, and impacts on adjacent native vegetation," said Ms Atkins.

NPWS collaborated with architects, engineers and builders experienced in environmentally sensitive construction to undertake the upgrade. The Bundjalung of Byron Bay (Arakwal) Corporation were consulted about protecting the site's cultural values.

The upgrade included construction of a concrete path, elevated boardwalk, hardwood handrails, rock walls, and seating areas overlooking Nguthungulli/Julian Rocks.

"The new path is wider, and the steps are a consistent height and depth, providing a comfortable experience for both walkers and joggers. The added width allows for easy passing, even during busy periods.

"The upgraded walking track now provides a safe and beautiful experience for locals and visitors to enjoy Walgun/Cape Byron," said Ms Atkins.

The $910,000 project was funded by the NSW Government and Cape Byron Trust.

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Cape Byron walking track upgrade, Cape Byron State Conservation Area