cottage reopened on Boxing DayCape cottage revamp

The renovated head keeper?s cottage at Cape Byron.
The renovated head keeper?s cottage at Cape Byron.

The former head keeper's quarters of historic Cape Byron Lighthouse re-opened on Boxing Day after the first stage of its historic 'makeover' was completed last week. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the floors were sanded and finished with black japan paint and sisal rugs and runners. The floors of the cottage have been transformed to how they would have looked when the cottage was built 1901. This is the first step in a series of works over the coming two years to be undertaken by Cape Byron Trust and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to bring the historic and famous most easterly Lightstation back to its former glory. From 1901 - the 1980's the lightstation was home to keepers and their families. These days, as the Cape Byron Headland Reserve Visitor Centre, the former head keeper's quar- ters receives in excess of one million visitors a year. The 'new' treatment of the floors means that not only are they handsome and histori- cally appropriate, but they are protected from the feet of hundreds of visitors every day. The Cape Byron Headland Reserve Visitor Centre and Shop is open seven days from 9.30am to 7.00pm (during daylight savings).

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