Arakwal National Park Plan of Management

Sacred ancestral place of the Byron Bay Arakwal People

Arakwal National Park is located approximately 2 kilometres south-east of the township of Byron Bay on the far north coast of New South Wales. The park is 185.2 hectares in size and includes a 3 kilometre stretch of Tallow Beach to mean low water mark.

1 February 2007
Department of Environment and Conservation (NSW)
Publication, Plan of management, Final
  • ISBN 1-74122-2435
  • ID DECC20070603
  • File PDF 2.3MB
  • Pages 95
  • Name arakwal-national-park-plan-of-management-070603.pdf

Arakwal National Park is the first national park in Australia to be created under an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with the traditional owners, the Byron Bay Arakwal people, as joint managers with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).

The park was gazetted on the 26 October 2001 under an ILUA between the NSW State Government and the Arakwal Aboriginal Corporation that represents the rights and interests of the Byron Bay Arakwal people. This agreement was the result of the partial resolution of a Native Title Determination Application under the Commonwealth Native Title Act 1993. The Arakwal ILUA recognises the Byron Bay Arakwal people as the traditional owners of an area that is now Arakwal National Park.