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Cape Byron Marine Park

Location and size

Cape Byron Marine Park covers approximately 22 000 hectares, extending from Brunswick Heads in the north to Lennox Head in the south. It includes the seabed and extends seaward from the mean high water mark to the 3 nautical mile limit of state waters. The tidal waters of the Brunswick River and its tributaries as well as Belongil and Tallow creeks are also within the marine park.

  • Zoning Map PDF 1.4 Mb - map showing the different zones, and explaining the activities allowed in each

Note: Percentages for zones may not add up to 100% due to rounding.

Date established

The NSW Government officially established the park in November 2002.

Special features

Local marine habitats include exposed and sheltered sandy beaches, rocky shores, rocky reefs, submerged pinnacles, small rocky islands, coral communities, riverine estuaries, coastal creeks and lakes, and sandy seabed habitats.

Marine life includes many species of dolphins, fish, seabirds and marine plants along with threatened species such as little terns, grey nurse sharks and sea turtles. Many of the fascinating animals that inhabit the waters surrounding Julian rocks including, sharks, rays, turtles, eels, starfish, and corals can be viewed on the Julian Rocks Byron Bay website. Examples of some of the tiny marine organisms living in the shallow waters of the Brunswick River including colourful nudibranchs (sea slugs), sea snails, shrimps, crabs, corals, starfish, anemones, octopus, flat worms, sea squirts and sponges can be viewed by going to www.roboastra.com.

Humpback whales travel through the marine park on their annual migration, making the area an important site for long-term monitoring of whale populations.

Sites of cultural significance to Indigenous people include Julian Rocks, Cocked Hat Rocks, Cape Byron and beaches around Broken Head.

Recreational and commercial use

Use of the resources is regulated through the Cape Byron Marine Park Zoning Plan which aims to conserve marine biodiversity while allowing sustainable recreational and commercial activities.

 

 

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