Be inspired - visit Cape Byron

The Byron Bay lighthouse open for tours over the holidays
The Byron Bay lighthouse open for tours over the holidays

Cape Byron, the most easterly point of the Australian mainland, with its dramatic cliffs, views, protected beaches and sheltered rainfor- est gullies has long been a inspiration for both locals and tourists alike. It is an area rich in Aboriginal heritage, native flora and fauna, and European history. During the summer holidays, the Cape By- ron Trust is urging visitors to take care and show both each other and the reserve the re- spect that this special place deserves. To assist with visitor safety on the Reserve, the Cape Byron Trust will have surf life sav- ing services patrolling the beaches until Wednesday, January 26. Lifeguards will be on patrol seven days a week between the hours of 9am and 5pm at Tallow Beach (Cosy Corner), Wategos Beach and The Pass. Visitors are advised to swim be- tween the safety flags on these beaches. Visitors to the Cape Byron Headland Re- serve are being encouraged to not litter the Reserve and take all rubbish with them. Please help ensure that the Cape retains its natural beauty and either use the recycle bins available on the Reserve or take your rubbish home with you. Tread Lightly - the only thing you should leave behind are your footprints. Parking in certain areas of Cape Byron Headland Reserve can be problematic over the busy Christmas-New Year period. For this rea- son the Cape Byron Trust encourages visitors to access the very busy sections of the reserve such as the lighthouse and The Pass by using the walking and cycle tracks. Not only will Cape Byron's walking track system rescue you from the stress of traffic jams, but it will also take you through coastal heath, littoral rainforest and banksia forest. You will then take in some breathtaking ocean and hinterland views as the track hugs the edge of the steep cliff faces on the way up to the lighthouse. This summer the Cape Byron Trust and the Byron Bay Arakwal people are offering people the chance to participate in two Dolphin Dreaming Aboriginal cultural activities that will be on offer on Tuesday January 11 and Wednesday January 12. "This is rare and very special opportunity to explore the Arakwal Aboriginal history and

culture of Byron Bay. Through story, dance and creative expression members of the Arak- wal community will explain their history and culture, and highlight the importance of Cape Byron to their people, both past and present," said reserve manager, Sue Walker. Take this opportunity to participate in these special programs and learn about the culture of the Arakwal Aboriginal People of Byron Bay. Bookings are required for all Dolphin Dreaming activities and can be made by phon- ing the Cape Byron Trust on (02) 6685 8565. Lighthouse Tours will also operate through- out the holiday period. A lighthouse tour is a great way to experience the maritime history of our town and to gain a sense of the daily duties of the lighthouse keepers and their fam- ilies at Cape Byron. It is also a great chance to climb the tower and access 360 degrees views from the balcony of the lighthouse.

Guided tours of the Cape By- ron lighthouse are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with ad- ditional weekend holiday tours op-

erating on Saturdays and Sundays through to Sunday January 23. Guided tours take approximate- ly 40 minutes.

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