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Byron Bay: Sea Kayak Tour with Dolphins and Turtles

1. Byron Bay: Sea Kayak Tour with Dolphins and Turtles

Set out on a 2.5 hour kayaking adventure in Byron Bay. Receive instruction and equipment from your guide before you take in some of the best sights the East Coast has to offer. See the most Easterly Point of the Australian mainland and the Byron Bay Lighthouse from the sea. Learn about local history, aboriginal history, the lighthouse and the marine wildlife from your local guide while you paddle in your kayak around the famous Byron Bay marine reserve. If the opportunity arises, get up close and personal with friendly bottlenose dolphins and discover how inquisitive they can be. You can also look out for sea turtles as they come up for a breath of air and marvel at the size of the majestic humpback whales as they migrate through Byron Bay during June - October. Enjoy paddling your kayak out through the surf and later ride some of Australia's most famous waves. If you don't see a dolphin, turtle or whale you can paddle again with the tour operator free of charge.

Byron Bay: Sea Turtle Snorkel Tour in Julian Rocks Reserve

2. Byron Bay: Sea Turtle Snorkel Tour in Julian Rocks Reserve

Head out to sea on a fun snorkel tour around the unique Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, as it combines the marine life found in the deep Southern Ocean as well as that found in the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Arrive at the Byron Bay Dive Centre either at your scheduled departure time or, if you’d like a free snorkel lesson, arrive 30 minutes before departure to practice in the heated pool. All tour participants must be able to swim to participate in this tour. Receive a short safety briefing before heading out to the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. Journey to The Pass, about a 10-minute ride, and learn about this snorkeling spot. Get in the water for a 1-hour swim. Spot underwater creatures such as small wobbegong sharks, hard and soft corals, an assortment of rays, and three different kinds of sea turtles. Look for more than 400 different species of fish that make this area their home, and ask any questions you may have to the qualified dive staff. Head back to shore for a hot shower and some time spent with the crew identifying the creatures you saw.

Byron Bay: Hinterland Magic and Glow-Worm Experience

3. Byron Bay: Hinterland Magic and Glow-Worm Experience

Set off on a unique trip in Byron Bay that includes swimming, inspiring discussions, a hearty lunch, and awe-inspiring views. Explore a waterfall in Nightcap National Park and see glowworms during a magical experience. Start your adventure with pickup at Byron Visitor Center. From there, head to a waterfall for a refreshing swim. Then, observe magical glow worms and learn more about them. An easy guided walk, amongst ancient trees, will take you to one of the highest waterfalls in the region for some breathtaking views. Later, refuel with a healthy vegetarian/vegan-friendly dinner in nature. Head back to Byron rejuvenated after a day filled with conscious talks, inspirational ideas, and live sacred instrument sessions in between. Leave with a greater understanding and appreciation for what the region and its people are really about.

Byron Bay: Premier Whale Watch Cruise with Marine Biologist

4. Byron Bay: Premier Whale Watch Cruise with Marine Biologist

Depart from Ballina’s Richmond River and enter the pristine waters of Cape Byron Marine Park. Encounter astonishing humpback whales in their natural habitat as they migrate past the breathtaking coastline between Ballina and Byron Bay. A friendly marine biologist will share in-depth knowledge of the area and humpback whale encounters that you'll get to experience within Byron’s Marine Park. You can also listen to live humpback whale song using a specialized underwater hydrophone. The purpose-built eco-vessel seats 20 guests and has a 360-degree views for unparalleled whale watching and sightseeing experiences. It has a unique hull design, which ensures a smooth, comfortable ride in all cruising conditions. The friendly, professional team guarantees a first-class, unmatched, eco tour to remember.

From Byron Bay: Half-Day Trip to Crystal Castle

5. From Byron Bay: Half-Day Trip to Crystal Castle

Experience the calming and healing effects of Byron Bay's Crystal Palace on this half-day trip. After getting picked up from your hotel in the Byron Shire area, enjoy a scenic 30-minute drive through the Byron Hinterland to reach the palace. Upon arrival, listen to a brief 10-minute orientation from your guide during which you will learn all about the walks and meditation sessions available. You will also receive a guide book that will allow you to experience the complex at your own pace. Follow paths such as the Budda Walk which will take you through the Shambalah Gardens, the reflexology walk, or the rainforest walk. You will also have the opportunity to take part in daily workshops and meditation sessions. Feel free to get something to eat at the on-site vegetarian cafe or treat yourself to some crystals at the shop. Get dropped off back at your hotel in Byron after 3.5 hours.

Brunswick River: Morning Eco Rainforest River Cruise

6. Brunswick River: Morning Eco Rainforest River Cruise

Start the tour by boarding the cruise ship at the wharf at the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour. Then, set off on your river cruise which travels upstream for about 8 km. During the cruise, view beautiful rainforest scenery, amazing birds, wildlife, and marine life. Be entertained by the commentary of local knowledgeable guides as you learn about the fascinating history and environment of this tranquil, pristine area in Byron shire. Enjoy a delicious morning tea including local plunger coffee, selection of teas, hot chocolate, juice, delicious gourmet cakes and biscuits. Finally, return to the harbor feeling relaxed and with a wealth of local and environmental knowledge.

Byron Bay Tandem Skydive

7. Byron Bay Tandem Skydive

Take in Australia's most spectacular coastal views from 15,000 feet as you skydive over Byron Bay. Experience the thrill of a lifetime, with up to 1 minute of freefall. Float under a colorful canopy for 5-7 minutes on this tandem skydive, taking in breathtaking area views. Fly free as a bird, feeling the wind rustling through your hair. See sparkling white sand beaches and unspoiled hinterland On this 4-hour activity you’ll take off and land beach-side at the drop zone just 15 minutes from Byron Bay, where you’ll find ample parking, BBQ and picnic areas.

Byron Bay Hinterland: National Park and Waterfalls Tour

8. Byron Bay Hinterland: National Park and Waterfalls Tour

Get out amongst the beautiful Byron hinterland and explore the natural wonder of the World Heritage-listed Nightcap National Park including a 2 hour guided rainforest walk to the base of the spectacular Minyon Falls. Take a swim in the pristine freshwater pools, photograph the abundant wildlife or simply relax and get in touch with nature. Click here to watch a video about Minyon Falls. Enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch before arriving at the famous little town Bangalow. Tour Bangalow’s fascinating mix of local shops, galleries, and cafes. From Bangalow, the tour weaves through the beautiful Byron hinterland and the many historical unspoilt hinterland towns that are sprinkled throughout the countryside.

Byron Bay: Full-Day Wildlife Safari

9. Byron Bay: Full-Day Wildlife Safari

Discover Australia's renowned wildlife for yourself on this wildlife safari. After getting picked up from your hotel in the Byron Shire area, drive to a rainforest habitat. Here, enjoy a short stroll through the rainforest to spot flying foxes, a unique breed of megabat. Afterward, go for another short drive to a different rainforest where you can spot rainforest wallabies (aka pademelons) and rainforest birds. Later, head to a eucalyptus forest where you can spot koalas in their natural habitat before sitting down to a picnic lunch made from local produce at the riverside.  Finally, head to a grassland habitat and get up close with kangaroos and wallabies before beginning the journey back to Byron.

Byron Bay: Scenic Sunset River Cruise

10. Byron Bay: Scenic Sunset River Cruise

Take a sunset cruise on the Richmond River to discover the tranquil waters around Ballina Island. Get picked up in Byron Bay, then explore the mangrove forests and creeks that branch off the river. Relax on the water as you look out for the rich flora and fauna, including rare birds and dolphins. Bask in the glorious evening sun as you enjoy a cold drink, tasty refreshments, and learn some local history from your marine biologist guide. Sit back as the boat winds its way down the beautiful river to where it meets the sea. Head to Mobb's Bay and cruise around Pimlico Island before heading back to shore.

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What people are saying about Byron Bay

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 31 reviews

What an amazing experience truly unique, educational and full of little conscious reminders to hope we can improve our environment both personally and collectively! Cris, honest was one of the best most passionate tour guides I have ever had in many years of travelling and will happily bring more of my friends family and clients to meet him and experience the magic of Byron’s little gems. Thankyou for an amazing time and also for helping Brandon have the most amazing experience with glow worms, music, swimming through water falls and so much more!!!

Very good, Daisy our instructor was very helpful and took the time to help us enjoy our surroundings and provided a history of Brunswick and the area around it. Would recommend it to anyone looking to go river kayaking

Luke and his team were fantastic from beginning to end. Very knowledgeable and informative with great insights about conservation and the marine ecosystem at Byron. Highly recommend. Thanks to the whole team.

Was a fantastic excursion. Biologist on board who could tell a lot about the whales very interesting. The whales seen very well, could take nice pictures. Great excursion.

Super nice fun excursion. Seen everything, beautiful day! Nice good tour guide knew how to find all the animals and good explanation. Recommended!!