Cape Byron Track – Near collision with a kangaroo in Byron Bay

Cape Byron Track

Cape Byron Track

Length: 3.7km
Allow 2hrs

Byron Bay is a chilled beach town in the far north-eastern corner of New South Wales, Australia. It is well known for its relaxed surfing culture and the original hippie/alternative lifestyle which harmoniously mingle here. The Cape Byron Lighthouse stands proud on the headland overlooking the township and is an icon of Byron Bay. One of the best ways to experience Byron Bay’s beauty and see why it is so popular with visitors is by strolling the Cape Byron Track.

The Cape Byron Track loops around the headland which is the eastern most point of Australia’s mainland. It passes by several stunning beaches, weaves through rainforest and if you’re lucky or unlucky enough (depending on your viewpoint and the creature) you might literally run into some interesting Australian wildlife. The culmination of the Cape Byron track is the historical 1901 lighthouse at the top of the point.

The track starts on a wooden boardwalk at the bottom of The Pass before heading through a short bush stretch to stunning Watego’s Beach. I ran into a few lizards here..including this rather large fellow below. There is a cafe here if you are keen for a bite and the banana bread is reputedly one of the best in Australia!

Cape Byron Track

Do you think she knows she has a friend?

 

Cape Byron Track

Watego’s Beach

After Watego’s beach the track starts to ascend through the rainforest and then reaches a paved path that leads to the eastern most point of Australian mainland. It then continues up at a steeper incline to the Cape Byron Lighthouse. It was during this last stretch that I nearly got taken out by a small kangaroo bounding across the path literally half a step in front of me. Not having a clue what it was I just about fell backwards down the steps in my hurry to move away. He then jumped back on the path for a gracious photo opportunity and now that I could actually see what it was I was stoked! One of those moments when you just ❤Australia.

Tallows Beach at dusk

Notes:
-Walk starts at the Captain Cook carpark on Lighthouse Rd.
-Wear proper shoes and take water.
-Take your wallet if you want to take advantage of the cafes.
-There is a maritime museum in the base of the lighthouse which is open from 10am to 4pm daily

For more info on gorgeous Byron Bay visit here.

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