Byron Bay Lighthouse Walk – Everything you need to know

Setting off on your next adventure to Byron Bay? Thinking about taking the Byron Bay Lighthouse walk? Well, you have come to the right place to get all the info you need to know about one of the main attractions in Byron Bay. The Lighthouse!

I’ve personally been there twice and for the first time this year, I did the walk with my wife and brother. We did this in our stay over Easter for our trip up for Byron Bay Blues Festival.

Completing the Byron Bay Lighthouse Walk

Prior to you start on your walk, ensure you have plenty of water, your cam is a should and if you’re as bad as I am in the sun, plenty of suncream for this hour long approach the lighthouse.

Walk up to main beach and start heading right, well … towards the lighthouse, it’s tough to miss out on! Take a walk up the steps to the lookout and watch the web surfers in action.

From The Pass you avoid the beach and up and over a headland landing again at Wategoes Beach. This is where the very lucky and rich live in Byron Bay !! After appreciating the stunning houses and filling with a bit with jealousy, swing your head around and require time to take in the views throughout the bay straight to Mount Warning.

Prior to taking the next bit of the journey up the steps to the lighthouse, fill up on some water and juice from the van at Wategoes, and continue the trek up to the lighthouse. On this part of the journey, you’ll be strolling through a conservation park which is filled with plenty of wildlife.

byron bay lighthouse

You’ve practically made it now, just a couple of more steps and you have actually made it to the Icon of Byron Bay. Take a while to look inside the lighthouse, absorb some history, get some mementos, or simply relax with an ice-cream (finest ice-cream in the bay!) and take in the panorama!

From the leading you can see the entire of the area, bay and mountains. Turn your head the other way and you see down to Tallows, Broken Head and Lennox Head in the range. If you remain in Byron Bay during winter time you can also participate in some whale watching where you can witness the epic whale migration from the lighthouse. You’ll see plenty of humpback whales breaching which is an amazing thing to experience. Also throughout the year you can usually capture pods of dolphins in the water. And if you actually have a keen eye you might be able to identify the odd green turtle or 2!

Well you did it, the world popular Byron Bay Lighthouse Walk and wasn’t it worth it? Just do not forget to take your cam and obviously your swimmers for a cooling dip en route down. Addressing daybreak is quite damn special too!

Stroll up to main beach and begin heading right, well … towards the lighthouse, it’s hard to miss out on! Prior to taking the next bit of the journey up the actions to the lighthouse, fill up on some water and juice from the van at Wategoes, and continue the trek up to the lighthouse. On this part of the journey, you’ll be strolling through a conservation park which is filled with plenty of wildlife. Well you did it, the world well-known Byron Bay Lighthouse Walk and wasn’t it worth it?

Byron Bay Lighthouse Walk Difficulty

I’ll first say that it is quite a tough walk. I’m personally a seasoned ‘walker’. If that’s actually a thing? My brother who is unfit to say the least looked like he was going to have a heart attack. My wife and I were fine. So depending on your cardio abilities, this can be tough. For the seasoned walker, you will have no trouble.

Can you drive to Byron Bay Lighthouse?

So you’ve just read the grueling but worth it description of the Byron Bay Lighthouse walk. So you’re wondering if I don’t want to walk, what are my options? Well the good news friends is that you can drive up to see the lighthouse.

To get there, drive up along Lighthouse Road or go by foot using the Cape Byron Loop Walk. If you’re planning on driving, please be aware there is a $7 parking fee.

If you’re still doubting your abilities as it’s such a beautiful walk with AMAZING views. I’d consider getting fit and taking the challenge.

How long does it take to walk up to Byron Bay Lighthouse?

It took us about 1 hour and 15 minutes to do the walk at a decent pace while stopping here and there to check out the views. In saying this for some I imagine it could take around 2 hours depending on if you are keen on stopping for longer and taking more breaks on your trip.

What do people say about the walk (courtesy of Tripadvisor).

PattyAPerez Sydney, Australia – Wear walking shoes!

I didn’t know what to expect when I started the walk and was happy to complete it but wasn’t wearing the right clothes or shoes and didn’t have enough water on me. The views were pretty – the lighthouse was nice – but nothing out of this world.

I feel it’s fair to share that I am a fairly unfit person so this ‘experience’ was not ideal for me.


gypsezzaByron Bay, Australia – A Must-Do for anyone Visiting Byron Bay!

Whenever I’m home in the Bay I walk/run this trail daily. It’s a stunning trail with much to offer on so many levels.
Some parts of the trail have stairs that are steep but manageable for most people, just take your time.
Keep an eye out for wallabies, dolphins, whales, bush turkeys, and other animals along the lighthouse journey.

I usually start at Captain Cooks car park and walk up the bush track up to the lighthouse then down to Little Wategos, Wategos, Pass and back to Captain Cooks. Bring a swimsuit and/or surfboard for a dip in the ocean afterward!


Barry M Mt Eliza, Australia – Moderate fitness required, great views

We parked at Captain cook’s carpark and walked the track via the beach up to the light house. Lots of stairs and some degree of fitness required, but not difficult and plenty of places to pause and take in the beautiful views.We were rewarded with a great view and some whale sightings. There was a whole school booked in for the lighthouse tour, so we missed out. We walked back down along the road, which is so much gentler and seemed to take no time at all.. A must do if you are in Byron!

Wel Tell you all about it here in our post about free camping in Byron Bay. To find out more please click read more.

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