Volunteers at Cape Byron Lighthouse.
Volunteers at Cape Byron Lighthouse.

Hats off to Cape volunteers

With 32 volunteers providing visitor information services at the Cape Byron Lighthouse seven days a week, there has never been a better time to come and visit this iconic landmark.

Cape Byron Trust chairperson Yvonne Stewart said there was something for everyone on offer at the lighthouse, whether it was looking at the magnificent building, meeting the volunteer guides, listening to stories and experiences of the lighthouse and Byron Bay’s maritime past, or just watching the passing parade of whales on the cape.

“The lighthouse volunteers really bring the Cape Byron Lighthouse to life, with a variety of great skills, enthusiasm and genuine passion to share with visitors,” Yvonne said.

“The volunteers come from all walks of life, including former ships engineers and descendants of past Cape Byron Lighthouse keepers.

 “They bring to the cape a wealth of experience, stories to share and a passion to help conserve the unique natural and historic heritage at Cape Byron.”

Current lighthouse volunteer and former ships engineer Colin Thornton is one example.

“Mr Thornton is very happy that the lighthouse has been preserved in its original configuration as a working beacon and will help to do whatever is necessary to keep it that way,” Yvonne said.

“Visitors can enter the lighthouse museum and learn about Byron Bay’s maritime heritage and the role the Cape Byron Lighthouse played in this.

“They can also join volunteer guides around the lighthouse with the ‘roving ranger’, which is a mobile trolley full of information on humpback whales and our local marine life, and be offered binoculars for viewing the whales on their annual migration past Cape Byron.”

A new intake of volunteers will be advertised for in the near future.

In the meantime, if you would like more information on the volunteer program, contact volunteer co-ordinator Andy Robinson on 6620 9213 or andy.robinson@environment.nsw.gov.au

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