Arakwal National Park

The park protects the largest remaining area of coastal clay heath left in the state, and is home to numerous threatened plant and animal species. The park is also an important 'stepping stone' for wildlife within an urban landscape, helping to establish links from Brunswick Heads (to the north of Byron Bay) south to Broken Head.

 

Highlights:
Created in 2001 as the result of an historic agreement with the Byron Bay Arakwal Aboriginal community, Arakwal National Park protects important natural and cultural heritage and is co-managed with the traditional owners.

 

Activities:
Enjoy 3 km of secluded unpatrolled beach backed by coastal heath, or a tour of Cape Byron Lighthouse at the nearby Cape Byron State Conservation Area.

 

Parking fees ($3 for 4 hours) are charged at Cosy Corner carpark, which is just outside the park in Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Annual pass holders do not need to pay this fee.

 

Access:
2 km south-east of Byron Bay township along Tallow Beach Road.

 

Culture & history

 

The park was established through the Arakwal Indigenous Land Use Agreement. This agreement is between the Arakwal custodians, the NSW Government and the local community. The agreement was registered in August 2001, following almost seven years of negotiations.

 

The park is jointly managed by the Byron Bay Arakwal People and the NPWS. The Arakwal National Park Management Committee, made up of three members of the Byron Bay Arakwal community, together with representatives of the NPWS and the Shire Council, meets regularly to advise the NPWS on the management of the park.

 

Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of  The New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service

 

 

 

 

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