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Cape Byron

Australia’s most easterly point can be found at Cape Byron. It was named by Captain James Cook after John Byron, a man who sailed around the world aboard “HMS Dolphin” in 1764-66. On top of the cape a lighthouse was built in 1901 to prevent the ships from running into the rugged cliffs. The lighthouse is one of the most photographed spots in the area. It is 22 m high and stands 94 m above sea level. The landscape around the lighthouse is remarkably beautiful; it offers visitors amazing views of both the ocean and hinterland, is an ideal place for whale watching (in season) and to spot dolphins playing in the sheltered bays around. There is also a nice 5 km walk through the rainforest that will takes about two hours to complete. Byron Bay is a very relaxed town where the people are friendly and the beaches ideal for surfing.