Saturday, August 10, 2013

CAPE BYRON, Tweed Coast, NSW

One of my favourite parts of the northern NSW Coast is the Tweed Coast. I love the huge blue seas and the big skies. Cape Byron is the most easterly part of the Australian Mainland. There are stunning views both north & south. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

On the way up the headland, the view south along Tallow Beach is breathtaking...


Heading up the headland, is a wonderful lighthouse. Cape Byron Lighthouse is an active lighthouse located at Cape Byron, New South Wales, Australia. 

Standing on a bald rocky headland with a precipitous cliff on the east side, and a sheer drop of approximately 100 metres, Cape Byron Lighthouse is the most easterly light in Australia, and one of the most powerful. (Info from ByronBay.com)




The cape is the most easterly point of the Australian mainland, located about 3 kilometres northeast of the town of Byron Bay.

There is a lovely, well maintained walk all the way down.


Built in the style used by NSW colonial architect, James Barnet, Charles Harding his successor, prepared the plans for the Cape Byron Lighthouse. Due to the elevation of the site, a tall structure was not required. Construction began in 1899 with the levelling of the site by contractors, Mitchell and King. The total cost was £10,042 (pounds) to the contractors, £8,000 for the apparatus and lantern house, and £2,600 for the road from Byron Bay township. (Info from ByronBay.com)



The tower is constructed from concrete blocks made on the ground, lifted and cemented into position and finally cement rendered inside and out. This technique saved erecting framework. 
The 8 ton optical lens was made by the French company, Societe des Establishment, Henry Lepante, Paris. (Info from ByronBay.com)




There is even a hang gliding launch area on the headland below the lighthouse.

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26 comments:

Brian King said...

What a gorgeous coastline! I love those low waves! Fantastic lighthouse! Beautiful shots!

Joop Zand said...

Thanks Liz....you show us so much nice places and pictures...... wish i could be there.

Greetings, Joop

Have you seen already my other blog "Photo's in big size " you are welcome.

Pat Tillett said...

Wow! Such a beautiful place, fantastic photos and THAT SKY! Amazing!

MastHoliday said...

Wow, Spectacular shots of water! the destination looking beautiful and famous to the visit. and also nice shots of palatial building and sky...

Carole M. said...

got to love our coastline; you created beautiful images with it from your photos Liz; well done

stiefbeen said...

wauw wat mooi om daar te zijn,wat een prachtige natuur,geweldig.

eileeninmd said...

Liz, gorgeous coastline scenery and I love the lighthouse. Gorgeous images. Thanks for sharing. Have a happy weekend.

BTW, I linked up your blog this week as one of my favorites to follow. I hope you do not mind, Eileen

Michael S-B said...

Great photos, Liz, and great story as well. Thanks for sharing the information so clearly. I enjoyed learning as I read :)

Red Nomad OZ said...

The NSW Headlands are unique - I knew that was where you were even before I started reading! And of course the Byron Lighthouse is FAAAABULOUS!

Phil said...

A gorgeous coastline there Liz. i enjoyed your pictures so much - your commentary too.

Cath.H.C Photography said...

Superbes photos, profondeur de champ et belle perspective, j'aime beaucoup!
Cath.

Steffi said...

Fantastic photos,Liz!I wish I could be there too!

Jim said...

Cool shots.

TexWisGirl said...

sure is beautiful! the lighthouse is very charming, but that shoreline is mesmerizing!

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

oh I have been there with hubby. Oh awesome. I said to hubby if I did not have my family and Grandkids. I would move there to-morrow.

The ocean, the whales, nature, friendly people make it all worth while.

Gods Country all right.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

What a gorgeous place! Thank you for sharing.

Lisa Gordon said...

What a beautiful series this is, Liz.
I just love lighthouses, and this one is magnificent!
I especially love the first photograph here. The coastline is amazing.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Wonderful photos, Liz! I love the first shot of the waves on the beach and the lighthouse!

Stewart M said...

Nice looking place - the beach just calls out to be walked on!

Post to WBW when ever you feel like it - and some people already post twice - so thats fine with me!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Gemma Wiseman said...

Love all these different perspectives of the lighthouse. And the sea seems to be absorbed in grand drama as it rolls in to shore.

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely day to go climbing, too far for me though.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

We sure do live i a beautiful corner of the world. Love your coastal stretches and also your lighthouse photos Liz. I've not been to Cape Byron Lighthouse - yet.

LOLfromPasa said...

Stunning collection. There is something really special about the soft colors and light. Beautiful shots.

Ercotravels said...

The destination looks famous and peaceful, according to your post. all shots are splendid.

Karen said...

Marvellous photos! Brings back memories of my time in Byron Bay!

Valerie said...

Wonderful images, Liz. I'd love to take that walk down from the lighthouse to the sea (but would probably be staggering to make it uphill again!). Thanks for sharing this beautiful area.

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