The Cape Byron lighthouse at dawn

This 1901 lighthouse is Australia’s most easterly and also its most powerful shipping beacon. Inside there are maritime and nature displays. Take one of the volunteer-run tours in the morning or afternoon to venture to the top ($10). The cafe has great views and serves up cones of local ice cream. Gate opens at 8am and parking is $8 per hour.

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