Enjoy spectacular coastal views along the Cape Byron walking track that takes you on a hike through rainforest, beach, grassland, and clifftops to the lighthouse. Cape Byron Lighthouse is located at Australia’s most easterly point of the mainland and is Australia’s most powerful lighthouse.
You will need a good two hours to properly experience the Cape Byron walking track. The 3.7km loop leads you on a hike through the rainforest and across clifftops with stunning views of the ocean and hinterland. During the walk, you will wander through the shade of bangalow palms and ancient burrawangs, along picturesque beaches and up to Cape Byron Lighthouse. At the top of the lighthouse you are greeted with breathtaking 360 ° views, remember to keep an eye out on the water for turtles, dolphins, stingrays and, in season, whales.
Along the way, have a pitstop at the Cape Byron Lighthouse Café, rest your legs, enjoy a refreshing juice or locally made gelato whilst taking in one of the best views Byron Bay has to offer. If you have some time to spare, be sure to check out the Cape Byron Lighthouse, located inside the lighthouse, learn about the history of the lighthouse and Byron Bay and if you are lucky enough, (weather depending) join the museum volunteers for a trip to the top of the lighthouse.
For those, who prefer an easier walk, this track can be accessed at numerous points and walked in shorter sections.
O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk
Nestled high within World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park, discover O’Reilly’s Tree Top walk, the world’s first suspension bridge, stroll along nine suspension bridges for 180 metres at approximately 15 metres above the rainforest floor. If this wasn’t high enough for you… Climb up to the two observation decks constructed high in a stranger fig – the highest one being 30 metres high above the ground!
This sounds like a great adventure for a family fun day out! This activity is free and located at Canungra, Scenic Rim Area.
Springbrook National Park – Natural Bridge & Glow Worms Cave
There are many great walks and adventures to be had at Springbrook National Park, our favourite is the Natural Bridge walk. This walk is perfect if you have young children as it is only a 1.5 kilometre walking track.
The park’s Natural Bridge section features a picturesque rock formation, formed by the force of the waterfall over the basalt cave. Start the walk by going clockwise and descend through the ancient Gondwana rainforest to the natural bridge rock arch. Enter the cave to stand behind the waterfall and try and spot the glow worms! (these are better seen at night, look into the nocturnal guided tour).
If you are feeling like something sweet after your walk, head down to The Fudge Shop (3 Lyrebird Ridge Rd, Springbrook) for some amazing freshly made fudge! The hardest decision will be choosing the flavour! They also have coffee, ice cream, soaps, jams, candles and more, the perfect souvenir shop to shop for those at home!
Best of All Lookout
If you have done any hiking or bushwalking in the Gold Coast Hinterland you know that the rainforest is so dense that you only get glimpses of Australia’s beautiful Green Cauldron. Just a short 300m stroll from the car park you are greeted with a breathtaking view, without all the hard work!
On a clear day, you can see views from Coolangatta all the way to Byron Bay, the view is magnificent and is well worth the drive!