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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