Hiking the Gorgeous Byron Bay Lighthouse Walk with Kids

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When you visit Byron Bay – and you MUST visit Byron Bay -one of our top recommendations is an early-morning walk to the Byron Bay Lighthouse.

In case you didn’t know, Byron Bay is that legendary beach town on the Sydney to Brisbane road trip. It’s that place on the NSW north coast that attracts thousands every year. Many never leave.

The lighthouse is situated on Cape Byron, an area so naturally beautiful it’s begging you to explore on foot, and the coastal walking track is the best way to take it all in.

Sure you can drive to the top, but you’ll be missing out on the spectacular views of the surrounding beaches, sea cliffs, wildlife, and rainforest.

We love a coastal walk, especially one we can do with our kids, so the minute we woke up to a clear blue sky we packed our day pack with water and snacks, slipped on our hiking sandals, and headed for the Cape.

The coastal walk to Byron Bay Lighthouse

We started our walk just in front of Byron’s famous pub, the Beach Hotel on Bay Street.

You simply follow the path parallel to the beach until it becomes Lighthouse Road and you’ll come to a boardwalk pictured below with this brilliant view back over Main Beach.

Byron Bay, NSW, Australia

Byron Bay - NSW, Australia
Main Beach Byron Bay

Continue on the main path from here, or, we suggest taking a little detour down the access path to the beach and walk up the steps at the very end of the beach to Fishermans Lookout.

From here you can watch the early morning surfers carving up the waves at one of Australia’s most famous surf break, The Pass.

Byron Bay, NSW, Australia
The Pass

The Pass - Byron Bay, NSW, Australia

Back on the main path you’ll head up the headland with incredible sea cliff views back over The Pass and Byron Bay before descending to one of our favourite beaches in Australia, Wategos Beach.

Byron Bay Lighthouse walk, Australia

Take a break at Wategos and appreciate the beauty.

On a calm day when the water is crystal clear, the waves are cleanly breaking out the back, and the sun is beating down, Wategos is just a magic beach.

We let our kids climb on the rocks whilst we dreamt of that million dollar property across the road.

Wategos Beach, Byron Bay, Australia

Leaving Wategos you begin the final ascent up to Cape Byron and the Byron Bay Lighthouse. As you climb the track you get an incredible view back over Wategos Beach.

Wategos Beach, Byron Bay, Australia

There are a few steps in this last section and little Savannah got a bit tired so up on Mummy’s shoulders she went as we played the “lets count the number of steps” game.

Byron Bay 358

Just before you reach the lighthouse, you will pass by the most easterly point of Australia’s mainland, Cape Byron, and of course you have to stop for the obligatory photo.

If you time your visit right, Cape Byron Headland is a great spot for watching humpback whales on their annual migration. But typically is a good spot to see dolphins, turtles and surfers.

Cape Byron, NSW, Australia

Cape Byron, Australia

Once you get to this point, you’re almost there. The lighthouse is just one more flight of stairs, and the reward at the top is worth it.

Byron Bay Lighthouse, Australia

Byron Bay Lighthouse

Byron Bay Lighthouse has become an icon for Byron Bay. Built from prefabricated concrete blocks it was finished in 1901 and for a century it alerted passing ships to the dangers of the coast.

It’s the most easterly lighthouse in Australia, and one of the most powerful.

The lighthouse attracts more than 500,000 visitors per year and the site includes the head lighthouse keeper’s residence, and two assistant keeper’s cottages which are available for overnight rental.

Byron Bay Lighthouse, NSW, Australia

Once you get to the top spend some time appreciating the beauty all around you and step inside the lighthouse to learn about its history and significance.

The Lighthouse Cafe serves up yummy cakes, brownies and muffins, or maybe your kids will fancy an ice cream. Just make sure you have cash on you as they don’t take cards. And there’s no ATM. We learnt this the hard way on a previous visit.

And this is your coffee view back over Byron Bay. Nice huh!

Byron Bay, NSW, Australia

To head back to town, you can either retrace your steps or we suggest walking down Lighthouse Road (where the cars drive up) and you’ll pass Tallows Beach to the south, another popular surfing spot in the region and the view is incredible.

Tallows Beach, Byron Bay, Australia

Keep walking down and enter the bush along a walking track. Follow this track through the rainforest and you will emerge on Lee Lane which then re-connects you with Lighthouse Road at the bottom.

Byron Bay Lighthouse Walk - Australia

If you’re not up for the walk, the easy option is to simply drive up.

Hot Tip: If you’re planning to drive up to the lighthouse at sunset, park in the first car park before you go through the gates, as they kick the cars out of the main car park right on sunset.

But if you’re willing and able, give the coastal walk a go. Breathe in the fresh coastal air, hear the crashing of the waves, and walk amongst the coastal forests.

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Accommodation in Byron Bay

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A few hotels to look at:

  • Victoria at Wategos offers accommodation with views over the garden, outdoor pool or Cape Byron Lighthouse. Providing surfing amenities, it is just 350 feet from Watego Beach in Byron Bay. Read more reviews and book your stay here.
  • Elements of Byron Nestled on 50 acres of absolute beachfront, Elements Of Byron Resort & Spa features private villas with exclusive beachfront and a lagoon pool.  Read more reviews and book your stay here.
  • Beach Hotel Resort Just 150 feet from Byron Bay’s Main Beach and surrounded by lush tropical gardens, this resort offers free WiFi, a luxurious swimming pool and a hot tub Read more reviews and book your stay here

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Byron Bay is a 9 hour drive north of Sydney (800 km), or a 2-hour drive south of Brisbane (175 km).

Fly into Coolangatta Airport on the Gold Coast and from there it’s a short 45-minute drive.

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18 thoughts on “Hiking the Gorgeous Byron Bay Lighthouse Walk with Kids”

    1. Agreed. Byron and the northern part of the state is our faviurite region in NSW. And I could happily do this walk over and over again!

  1. We did a part of this walk when we were in Byron Bay. We went there at sunrise and it was breathtaking! We saw lots of people running and I imagine it must be really great to live there and go for a morning run in such an amazing place.

    1. Yeah sunrise or sunset would be the best times. Agree, it must be a great lifestyle for living in Byron. Everyone’s so active!

  2. I did this walk a few times on my three trips to Byron Bay and each time I loved it even more. I think it’s the kind of walk you can do again and again and still see something new – I see dolphins on one of my walks, a sunset on another….it’s just such a beautiful place to walk.

  3. Great summation and photos of the Byron Lighthouse walk. I felt as though I was actually on the walk with you! This is my favorite thing to do in Byron.

  4. Oh my, that amazing turquoise color — so beautiful! The lighthouse itself looks nicely maintained. They´re fascinating structures in general. Mysterious, lonely maybe, but so strong. I reccommend checking out Bell Rock in Scotland. It´s a sea-washed lighthouse and I really can´t imagine challenges faced when building it..

  5. How long does it take to do the coastal walk to reach the Byron Bay light house? We just want to spend 1-2 hours at Byron Bay, because we gonna have a road trip from Goldcoast to Sydney. Is it better if we just drive a car to the light house, or take the coastal walk within 1 hour?

  6. Hi !!
    Great blog post !! Fantastic photos, and great suggestions for the walk ?
    We are in Byron as we speak & talked about doing the walk tomorrow. If we were to follow your walk up, then the scenic walk down as suggested, how long do you think it would it take ? Or how about if on the way down, our tiny humans legs are tired and we take the quick option down. How long would that loop be ? ? I’ve read on a couple of sites to allow 2-3 hours to do it properly. But coffee/iceblocks at the top and it could be 4 hours, knowing us ???

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