There are few things more silently soul-stirring than watching the dawn of a brand new summer’s day, and what better place to do it than at Australia’s most easterly point? Get into the Byron spirit and embrace all the wonders of mother nature by setting the alarm clock nice and early, rousing the kids, and trundling up the walk to the Cape Byron Lighthouse. Cameras at the ready, watch the big golden ball slowly rise from the faraway ocean horizon, before heading down to Byron Beach Café for a scrumptious early breakfast with a side of gorgeous beach views (it gets pretty packed, so it’s not a bad idea to get here early!) before a lazy day on one of Byron’s famously beautiful beaches – try Clarkes Beach, which is usually nice and protected, or the popular Wategos.

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The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottages are two lovely heritage cottages, each sleeping six, that would make the early morning start easier given their proximity to the lighthouse. Panoramic views are part of the deal.

Clarkes Beach Cottages are four gorgeously decorated, perfectly positioned beach hideaways right on the beachfront not far from Cape Byron Lighthouse. They sleep between four and six people. Partridge Cottage is a classic 50s-style cottage, while Imerson’s airy, modern fitout and unbeatable front deck vistas will have you on ‘Byron time’ in no time at all. The more secluded Thompsons Cottage sits on the edge of the rainforest, with stunning views below. The cottages can all be booked by calling 1300 072 757 or visiting National Parks NSW.

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