The school holidays are nearly upon us here in New South Wales and it seems everyone is looking forward to a mid-winter break. You can almost feel the energy building, especially in light of last night’s ‘largest of the year’ full moon.

Today the sun is shining so it’s tempting to head to the beach and walk up to the Byron Lighthouse for a bit of whale watching. You can also drive to the Byron Light house and even stay in the National Park’s guest accommodation there, but for those who want an hour of enjoyable exercise with great scenery, the walk from Main or Clarkes Beaches, either along the shore or by road, is hard to beat.

Viewing platform at The Pass in Byron BayThe Pass and Wategoes Beaches are great for watching surfers in action and from the elevated viewing platform at the Pass you can sometimes see dolphins surfing alongside their human companions.

From May to November the humpback whales migrate north along the east coast of Australia and from the Lighthouse walk you can catch a glimpse of their spouting and splashing, sometimes quite close to shore.

Resident goat at the Byron Bay Light Station
See if you can spot the goat in this photo.

On occasion, the Byron Lighthouse mascot can also be spotted, the last of  a former herd of resident goats. Dubbed the Wategoat, for nearby Wategoes Beach, this sturdy 12 year old munches his way along the near vertical slopes, amazing locals and tourists alike.

Keeping fit, even in the winter months is a lot of fun on the New South Wales Far North Coast. In addition to the Byron Bay Lighthouse walk, some hardy souls even join the Winter Whales group who swim across the bay.  Another of the many reasons we love living in beautiful Byron Bay!

by Ed Silk Byron Bay
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