Fotopoles make photography easier

Using one of the new ‘fotopoles’ at Cape Byron on Monday are visitors from Holland (from left) Marloes van den Boogaard and Samne Hulshof.
Using one of the new ‘fotopoles’ at Cape Byron on Monday are visitors from Holland (from left) Marloes van den Boogaard and Samne Hulshof.

Capturing that magic Byron Bay Lighthouse moment has been made a whole lot easier thanks to the Cape Byron Trust.

The trust has erected two new ‘fotopoles’ at the cape that allow visitors to take photos of themselves with their own cameras on time-delay.

 Trust chairperson Yvonne Stewart said that the poles, installed at the lighthouse and the most easterly point, have been very popular with visitors.

Ms Stewart said the ‘fotopoles’ allowed people to attach their cameras to a post, then step back and get the whole group in the photo.

“They are also great for solo travellers,” she said.

“Everyone knows what it is like when you’re on holiday. Either you have to ask a passer-by to take your photo or, inevitably, someone is missing.

“Cape Byron is such a scenic spot, it really lends itself to this idea.”

Ms Stewart said since the ‘fotopoles’ had been installed, they had been in almost continual use.

She said visitors thought it was a brilliant idea that saved them giving their camera to a stranger.

“We have also installed new interpretive signs at Captain Cook Carpark and Palm Valley (The Pass),” she said.

“These provide information on the Cape Byron Walking Track and also on local history and the environment.

“It has been good to be able to present some stories from the Byron Bay Arakwal People and also the area’s farming and surfing history.

“Additional signage will soon be in place at Wategos Beach and along the walking track. We hope that visitors will enjoy the area even more once they know a little bit extra about how special it is.”

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