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The Arakwal National Park was established as a result of the Arakwal Indigenous Land Use Agreement in 2001. The park is jointly managed by the Byron Bay Arakwal people and the NPWS, and protects important natural and cultural heritage. The Park covers 3km of secluded beach backed by coastal heath.

Broken Head Nature Reserve is 4km south of Byron Bay, and is one of the few areas in NSW where the beaches are fringed with rainforest. The area encompasses superb headlands, steep rainforest-clad slopes and secluded beaches. A day picnic area provides bbq’s, toilets and showers.

Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve is situated at Brunswick Heads just off the Pacific Highway, and provides an area for quiet picnics, bush walks and river fishing. A short walk from the car park takes in rare coastal rainforest and opens onto the breakwater on the north bank of the Brunswick River.

Cape Byron Marine Park extends from the Brunswick River to Lennox Head and from mean high water out to three nautical miles from the coast. It includes the tidal waters of the Brunswick River, Belongil and Tallow Creeks.

The Park includes protected areas where fishing and collecting are prohibited, and general use areas which support both commercial and recreational fishing.

The Cape Byron State Conservation Area covers the Lighthouse precinct, Wategos Beach, The Pass, Captain Cook Lookout and Cosy Corner. The area includes a magnificent walking track and offers panoramic views of the ocean and surrounding hinterland. The headland is a great spot for watching turtles, dolphins and humpback whales on their annual migration.

Tyagarah Nature Reserve is a thin strip of protected coast encompassing 7km of secluded and unspoiled beach backed by coastal heath. The area is suitable for quiet walks, bird watching and fishing, and amenities and picnic facilities are available at the beach.