Byron Bay Lighthouse at sunset

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There is no visit to Byron Bay without climbing few meters of the Cape Byron to the Lighthouse. Recommended times are sunrise and sunset.

This most easterly position lighthouse in Australia was built in 1901. It is initial light strength was measured at 145,000 cd and by 1956 when it was converted to electricity the light reached 2,200 000cd.

The lighthouse is in pristine condition and is fully operational to this day. A great piece of Australian history or a simple destination for a romantic walk in the evening or early morning for the more determined. (We did both)

Cape Byron sunrise

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A very touristy thing to do in Byron Bay is to visit the Byron Bay lighthouse, located on Cape Byron, the most easterly point of mainland Australia. Most tourists visit during the day, many at sunset but very few bother to get up early in the morning for the sunrise. We did.

Heavy cloud cover meant we were all but to miss out on the daily sun ritual. Few people who arrived around the same time as us have left, as the rain started to drizzle. On the horizon the sun was rising behind the clouds quite quickly. At one point it reached a position where a it could shine through a gap between the clouds. This is the moment I have captured this photograph.

The curtain of sun rays between the clouds and the ocean surface and a strong, but not overpowering reflection of the sun disk on the water created a beautiful spectacle. It lasted only couple of minutes.