Cape Byron, named by Captain Cook, is the most easterly point of the Australian mainland, and hosts Cape Byron lighthouse, the most powerful in Australia. Spectacular views south to Lennox Head and north across the Bay to Mt Warning can be seen from the walking track around the lighthouse. From here you can also see marine life, including dolphins, turtles and, from May-October humpback whales on their annual migration.
The Northern Rivers Landscape
The Northern Rivers area of the far north-east of New South Wales is famous for encompassing not only Australia’s most easterly point, but the giant volcano plug, Mt Warning, numerous waterfalls and rivers, and The Big Scrub rainforest. The luxuriant forests range through both tropical and temperate types, from palm-filled tropical valleys to the ancient Antarctic beech, nothofagus antarctica, which once grew in Antarctica. The significance of the forests has been recognised by UNESCO and listed under World Heritage. The area has recently been dubbed The Green Cauldron as part of the National Landscapes program, in honour of its important natural heritage.
Rainforest Way Scenic Drives
The Rainforest Way is a series of drives that lets you explore the spectacular World Heritage listed Rainforests and National Parks in the unique hinterland of Northern NSW and South East Queensland. These suggested drives make it easy to discover this area and its natural, cultural and historic attractions. Whether you decide to explore only one of these trails or take a few days to discover it all, you’ll find everything you need along the way to make this an enjoyable journey.
Click here to explore the Rainforest Way website.
Northern Rivers National Parks
Click here for a map of national parks and natural attractions around Byron Bay.