Explore Byron Bay's heritage
Visitors and local residents will have the chance this summer holidays to participate in some of the culture and heritage that makes Byron Bay so unique.
The Cape Byron Trust, in association with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Bundjalung of Byron Bay (Arakwal) people, is providing the opportunity for people to come on to Arakwal Country and explore the historic and Aboriginal culture of Cape Byron Headland Reserve as part of this summer’s Discovery program.
“A unique opportunity exists in the forthcoming holidays for people to join Arakwal Aboriginal guides and learn about Arakwal country and culture,” Cape Byron Trust chairperson Yvonne Stewart said.
“Through story, dance and creative expression members of the Arakwal community will explain their history and culture, and highlight the importance of Cape Byron to their people, both past and present.”
A Dolphin Dreaming program designed to suit families will take place at The Pass on January 6 and 7.
Programs will start at 9am and finish by 11am. Bookings for this program are essential, as numbers are limited.
The opportunity is also there to explore the maritime and lighthouse history of Byron Bay as the Cape Byron Trust is running the popular heritage tours of the Cape Byron Lighthouse.
Ms Stewart said visitors would join an experienced guide, climb the tower and find out about the history and significance of the lighthouse, and what the daily duties of the lighthouse keepers and their families at the cape would have been like.
“Until 1959, when electricity was put on, the lighthouse keepers climbed the tower every hour at night and wound a heavy weight up,” Ms Stewart said.
“As the weight fell it enabled the light to rotate. The light now rotates 24 hours a day powered by an electric motor.
“During the day the keepers provided communication to boats, initially by flags, but from the 1920s by radio.
“The lighthouse continues to be maintained as a navigational aid for boats. Many of the keepers’ roles such as radio communication with boats and weather observations continue today.”
For all bookings and inquiries for Dolphin Dreaming programs contact Cape Byron Trust on 6620 9300.
Guided tours of the Cape Byron Lighthouse are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays (throughout the year), with additional weekend tours operating from January 8 to 22.
Guided tours take about 40 minutes and cost $8 for adults, $6 for children and concession, and $25 for family groups.
Bookings are recommended.