Cape Byron lighthouse volunteer Gai Taylor takes in the view overlooking Tallow Beach on the outside deck of the lighthouse.
Cape Byron lighthouse volunteer Gai Taylor takes in the view overlooking Tallow Beach on the outside deck of the lighthouse. Digby Hildreth

Become a Byron lighthouse guide

IF the Byron Bay lighthouse has ever brightened up your life, you may want to get to know more about it – and put others in the picture.

Cape Byron Trust is seeking people to become guides, to learn about the lighthouse, and the area around it. .

They will help visitors ‘enjoy Byron Bay’s maritime history and the annual humpback migration’, Trust chairwoman Yvonne Stewart said.

“They will be trained as interpretive guides in the Maritime Museum and lighthouse precinct.

“You will learn about the history of the lighthouse, the Cape Byron Headland Reserve, its marine life and how to pass this knowledge on.”

Volunteer Gai Taylor, of Lismore, started as a volunteer in 2003. She grew up near a lighthouse in Pittwater and has loved them ever since.

She also has a degree in environmental science, so the blend of nature and social heritage suit her perfectly.

Ms Taylor does some paid work at the lighthouse now, which involves tours up the tower, and even the occasional wedding proposal event.

An information day for new volunteers is being held on Friday, April 23 from 10am-12 noon.

Included are morning tea, an introduction to the guiding and volunteer program at Cape Byron and a tour of the Lighthouse Museum.

Call volunteer coordinator, Andy Robinson, on 6620 9300.



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