Event Info

The Byron Coastal Charity Walk is now in its eleventh year. Participants can walk 12, 24 or 36km along the beautiful Byron Coast and raise funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

The walk starts in Dening Park, Byron Bay and walkers can choose from three distances:

12km – Byron Bay to Broken Head

24km – Byron Bay to Lennox Head

36km – Byron Bay to Ballina

Event Snapshot

What is the cost to Register?

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Registration Fees

Dening Park, Byron Bay to:

Broken Head Reserve (12km) - $60

Lennox Head SLSC (24km) - $70

Ballina SLSC (36km) - $80

Plus $250 fundraising minimum per participant

Each participant will be asked to fundraise a minimum of $250 for the Rescue Helicopter Service over and above their registration fee. You will receive your own fundraising and team page (if you are part of a team) for the walk.  

Where are we walking to?

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The 2024 Byron Coastal Charity Walk will start at the far end of Dening Park (off Middleton Street), Byron Bay.

Participants will walk along the path and boardwalk to the Pass, following the Cape Byron Walking track from the Pass to Wategos Beach and then up the stairs to Cape Byron Lighthouse.

After reaching the Cape Byron Lighthouse walkers will follow the Lighthouse Road through the traffic control points to Tallow Beach Access area. 

At Tallow Beach Access Area, walkers will walk on to the beach at Cozy Corner and head south along Tallow Beach and Suffolk Park Beach to Broken Head.
Broken Head will be the 12km finish point. Walkers will continue on to 7 Mile Beach Road, following the shared road to 7 Mile Beach – traffic control will be in place.  

Still heading south, walkers will continue on 7 Mile Beach to Lennox Head.
Lennox Head SLSC will be the 24km finish point all walkers must exit through this checkpoint and arrive before 2pm.

After the 24km finish, ongoing walkers will continue along the 7 Mile Beach exiting at the end of the beach or at Rayner Lane (from 11.30am) – traffic control will be in place. 

Participants will walk along the boardwalk to Pat Morton Lookout and then follow the bush track to Sharpes Beach via Boulders Beach. 

Walkers can take the boardwalk or beach past Flat Rock, exiting at the south end of Angels Beach. The last leg of the walk will be along the footpath to the
Ballina Surf Life Saving Club – finishing the 36km Byron Coastal Charity Walk.

What does the Registration Fee include?

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Your Registration Fee includes: 

  • Byron Coastal Charity Walk Cap

  • Byron Coastal Charity Walk Medal (if requested)

  • Chipped Event Bib

  • National Park fee

  • Fruit & Water Refill Stations

  • Free Shuttle Bus from start and finish lines

  • Endless encouragement & support from our Volunteers and Staff

  • Safety Services including: en route medical support, timing and traffic control services

Teams & Team Members

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You can do the walk solo or you can band your friends to do it together! The more the merrier we say!

Should I train beforehand?

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If you are completing the 24km or 36km distances it is essential that you train beforehand.

Four to six weeks prior to the event we recommend the following weekly activity:

  • 3 x 5km walks
  • 1 x walk longer than 10km

Make sure your walks include steps and/or hills plus walking on the beach or a bush track. There’s no better training regime than walking close to home during the week and then heading out for an adventure on the weekend.

If you are attempting 36km for the first time we recommend you try a 20-25km walk before our event. 

For those attempting the 12km length we recommend 3 x 5km walks per week including a walk with steps.

All participants will face the 285 steps up to the Cape Byron Lighthouse. They are tough. Make sure you are prepared. 

What should I wear?

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Comfortable clothing that you would wear hiking. We will provide you with a cap.

We also recommend sunglasses and a generous amount of sunscreen.

Will there be a shuttle bus?

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Free shuttle bus services will be available to the start line from the Cavanbah Centre.

Free shuttle bus services will be available at every finish line returning to Byron Bay – no booking is required.

Bus timetable will be available closer to the event date.

Shuttle NOT available from Ballina to Byron Bay start line to commence the walk.

What time do I start?

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36km - 6.30am - 7.00am

24km - 7.30am - 8.00am

12km - 8.30am - 9.00am