The Cape Byron Experience Concept Design

Byron Bay- 2014

The Cape Byron Headland Reserve is a stunning 100 hectare State Conservation Area. The site holds special spiritual, cultural and historic significance for the Arakwal people of Byron Bay. Over a million visitors annually come for the sites geographic, scenic, historic and cultural attributes. The world renown walk taking in the lighthouse, eastern most point of the Australian landmass and numerous spectacular lookouts is busy year round.

The heavy utilisation of the sites pathways and lookouts places great strain on the infrastructure. The pathways and lookouts must be sited on and traverse challenging topography and a sensitively regenerating landscape. The site must cater for visitors moving at different speeds and directions, joggers, kids and the less able. The infrastructure must be constructed from a simple high quality and extremely robust palette.

Key strategies and solutions include:

– Improve all infrastructure – lookouts, pathways, stairs, seating and signage
– Identify key locations for interpretive material
– Establish coherent way finding strategies, implement a unified signage hierarchy including new entry threshold and gateway signage
– Identify opportunities for future expansion including accessible pathways
– Amplify the experience and presentation of the historic narrative in the lighthouse precinct
– Create a visually consistent interpretive and way nding signage system for application throughout the Cape Byron Reserve
– Enhance the user experience through the introduction of signicant interpretive information throughout the Cape

Fisher Design + Architecture in association with Mackenzie Pronk Architects