January 24, 2020

Byron Bay Historical Society QR Code Visitor Project

Exciting New Audio History Walking trail soon to be launched in Byron bay. Byron Bay Historical Society Membership and fund-raising appeal


The Byron Bay Historical Society has developed a new web site and is about to launch an exciting new electronic media (audio, pictures and written) history trail that tell twenty informative stories over your smartphone using a QR scanner app, as you walk the coast trail.

These stories explore the early European settlement and development of the Byron Bay town, its industry, little-known facts about its agriculture past, whaling and shipwrecks while also acknowledges the History of the Bays traditional custodians the Arakwal People of the Bundjalung Nation.

Commencing at Main Beach in front of the Surf Club the History Trail takes you east along the foreshore walking trail over the Pass lookout down into Wategos and up to the beautiful cape, the most easterly point on Australian mainland, while you listen to the story like Captain Cooks first sighting and naming of Cape Byron as you head on to the iconic Byron Bay lighthouse café for coffee. Following this head on down to overlook the beautiful Tallow beach where you will hear stories about Gold mining, how Tallow beach got its name and the “Bundjalung Arakwal Indigenous Land use Agreement”.

This history trail project has taken 4 years plus hundreds of volunteer hours and personal funding by the four BBHS committee members. There has been some grant money from the council to assist.

We are on the verge of officially launching this project and  BBHS are asking for financial assistance from the public with a goal to raise a minimum $5,000 either by becoming a financial member or donation. This would enable BBHS to complete and maintain stage 1 of the History Trail then expand the story points around the rest of our town giving our hundreds of thousands of visitors an insight into the rich and diverse history which we are proud to share. 

We are not just a party town.

Donations can be made by direct fund transfer to ANZ Bank Byron Bay, BSB 012554, A/C 485551918. Please use your name as the reference.

To become a member simply click onto The Byron Bay Historical Society web site byronbayhistoricalsociety.org.au search membership and fill out the form 

Warm regards to our old friends and our new acquaintances  

Donald Maughan

President of Byron Bay Historical Society