Byron Bay Hinterland

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Byron Bay Hinterland: Our most recommended tours and activities

Byron Bay Hinterland: National Park and Waterfalls Tour

1. 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 fresh water 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, locally sourced 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.

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Brunswick River: Morning Eco Rainforest River Cruise

2. 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.

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Byron Bay: Brunswick River Scenic Kayak Tour

3. Byron Bay: Brunswick River Scenic Kayak Tour

Enjoy a relaxing kayak session on the Brunswick River, one of the most beautiful river systems in New South Wales. Make use of the tides and paddle along the clear, calm water. Embrace the tranquility of the area, breathe in the clean air, and listen out for the sounds of local sea birds and wildlife. Take in the views of stunning coastal scenery as you cruise past. Take a well-deserved break on the river bank for a swim and a snack before continuing the tour. Listen as your guide points out the unique features of the environment.

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Brunswick River: Sunset Eco Rainforest River Cruise

4. Brunswick River: Sunset Eco Rainforest River Cruise

End your day with a relaxing sunset cruise along the Brunswick River. Enjoy a unique local experience with fantastic bird and wildlife watching opportunities in Byron Bay. First, board the comfortable ship and depart from the harbor in Brunswick. As the sun begins to set, soak up the magical evening atmosphere and experience how every sunset on the river is special. Feel the breeze cooling you on a summer afternoon as you watch the birds return to roost for the night. Cruise past diverse rainforest and river scenery which is beautiful at this time of day. As you travel down the river, you may even see 1 or 2 of the beautiful kingfisher species or majestic eagles that call the area home. Enjoy a complimentary drink and tasty tapas including a selection of local fine produce as you relax and let the cares of the day float away. The licensed bar is open for local Brookie's Gin cocktails, beer including local Stone & Wood beer, wine and bubbly. Finally, return to the harbor as the sun slowly sinks behind Mt Chincogan and see the lovely reflections in the river.

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Byron Bay: Minyon Falls and Ocean Kayak Tour with BBQ Lunch

5. Byron Bay: Minyon Falls and Ocean Kayak Tour with BBQ Lunch

A full day’s adventure. In co-operation with our partner company, Go Sea Kayak Byron Bay, enjoy a half-day morning hinterland tour to the World Heritage listed Minyon Falls, plus a bonus spectacular kayaking tour with dolphins and whales in Byron Bay in the afternoon. Explore the magnificent Byron hinterland with its World Heritage listed rainforests and spectacular Minyon Falls. Enjoy a bush walk to the base of the falls (2 hours return), swim in pristine waters, photograph the abundant wildlife, or simply relax in this unique natural environment. The soundtrack of birds and wildlife will lull you with its natural beauty. You can then enjoy a delicious BBQ-style lunch before weaving your way through beautiful landscape back to Byron Bay, where you start your kayak tour adventure. Imagine the thrill of kayaking up close with dolphins, whales (May to October) and turtles at Byron’s beautiful marine park, while learning about local history and listening to local indigenous stories. You will also have a great view of Byron’s coastline and the Byron Bay lighthouse from the water. You can then take time to relax and socialize over afternoon tea. This good value package gives you the opportunity to experience two must-do activities in Byron Bay in only one day.

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Byron Bay: Hinterland and Bangalow Full-Day Guided Tour

6. Byron Bay: Hinterland and Bangalow Full-Day Guided Tour

When the beach, sun and surf get too much, it’s time to explore Byron and beyond! The choices of what to do and see in Byron are sometimes overwhelming and, occasionally, it’s a relief to sit back, enjoy and have the day perfectly planned for you. So, this is a complete and comprehensive one day tour, suitable for all fitness levels and ages. The Byron & Beyond Tour is a super option.   Your adventure starts when you're picked up from your accommodation, and you'll be driven up to the iconic Byron Bay lighthouse. Be blown away by the 360 degree panoramic views over the Pacific Ocean and mountain landscape, and get up close to the iconic Byron Bay lighthouse. Between May and October, whales can be spotted on their annual migration and this is one of the best vantage points to soak up this majestic sight. Then, it’s off to the mystical Crystal Castle. Here you can marvel at the massive natural crystals on show, get lost in a garden labyrinth, take a gentle walk, touch the World Peace stupa or just enjoy a coffee and soak up the hushed tranquillity of this amazing place. The Zen quality of the crystals will put you in the perfect frame of mind for a drive through the beautiful Byron hinterland to the next destination, the historic and delightful town of Bangalow. Enjoy a deleicious lunch in one of the amazing restaurants in town. The old world charm of the architecture belies the chic shopping, eateries and galleries on offer, not to mention the beautiful and historic pub. Bangalow is a beautiful village to stroll through, and maybe pick up that special keepsake or gift including everything from vintage clothing, homewares, glamorous designer boutiques and an authentic French patisserie. From Bangalow you'll head back to Byron Bay, where you'll be dropped off with plenty of time to have a late afternoon swim or surf. You will have the sensation of having been away for a week, full of new sights, smells and experiences!

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Byron Bay Waves To Waterfalls Adventure Tour

7. Byron Bay Waves To Waterfalls Adventure Tour

Want to enjoy the best of Byron Bay’s surfing action and explore the lush rainforests of its surrounding hinterland? Strapped for time and cash? On this tour you don’t need to choose between one experience or the other: you can do both at an affordable price. You will be picked up from Byron Bay in an air-conditioned tour vehicle which will transport you to the majestic rainforests of the World Heritage listed Nightcap National Park where you’ll see the power of nature firsthand at the impressive Minyon Falls. Marvel at the 100 meter drop of the falls and if you’re feeling adventurous you can take a dip in the fresh water rock pools beneath the falls, before enjoying a BBQ-style lunch prepared by our team. After lunch it’s back to Byron Bay where you’ll experience Byron’s world renowned beaches the way the locals do; standing on a surfboard! Let the outdoor adventure specialists and the surfing tour partners take care of the details of your hiking and surfing adventure while you sit back and soak up the once in a lifetime experience. 

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Byron Bay Half-Day Tour

8. Byron Bay Half-Day Tour

Byron Bay is one of the most popular and magical destinations in Australia with its laid back lifestyle, world famous beaches, natural beauty and diverse residents. The Byron Bay Express tour is the ‘insiders’ guide to Byron Bay, local style! Start your trip with a visit to the pearl of the hinterland – the beautiful little town of Bangalow, with a fascinating mix of local shops, galleries and cafes. Have a locally brewed coffee and indulge in some locally grown food. Walk your way up through subtropical rainforest to the Byron Lighthouse for the most spectacular 360 degree ocean and Byron hinterland views, and watch the dolphins and migrating whales (May to October). Have your photo taken at the most easterly point of the Australian mainland surrounded by palms, white sands and dramatic cliffs.

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From Ballina: Byron Bay Hinterland Hike with Lunch

9. From Ballina: Byron Bay Hinterland Hike with Lunch

Hike down through dense vegetation and emerge at the base of a spectacular waterfall on this Byron Bay Hinterland tour from Ballina. Have a nice morning tea and stop for a delectable lunch which has been sourced from local eateries. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Ballina. Sit back and relax on the drive to the hike starting point. Enjoy an invigorating cup of tea before setting off on the trail. Try to spot local wildlife like koalas, eastern grey kangaroos, grey headed and black flying foxes, and red necked wallabies. Admire the ferns, wildflowers, and a large variety of trees as you walk. Follow your guide and hear about the Northern River's cultural, natural, and historical significance. Stop at a breathtaking natural waterfall where you can dive into the refreshing water before sitting down to a picnic lunch. Return to your accommodation in Ballina.

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Byron: Pub, Brewery and Distillery Tour

10. Byron: Pub, Brewery and Distillery Tour

Start with pickup in Byron Bay, Suffolk Park, or Lennox Head and hop on the "The Salty Pineapple", a one of a kind refurbished yellow school bus that will transport you around the Byron Hinterland. Spend the first part of the tour exploring the backroads of the area with a complimentary refreshment. Stop at a scenic viewpoint and enjoy the views with servings of delicious local produce. Then, visit the quirky and colorful town of Mullumbimby. Here you’ll take in the character of the town while having a beer, followed by a hearty pub lunch. Enjoy your meal in a unique part of the pub which will be exclusive to the group. Once your stomach is lined and the food has settled, head to the newest brewery in town. Choose your beer based on your favorite tunes, rather than your desired flavor. Finally, head to a quiet lesser-known area of Byron to meet passionate distillers and craftspeople at a local distillery. Take a full tour of the site and learn about more the distillation process. Enjoy a tasting of some local spirits after the tour, then return to Byron with drop-off at several central locations.

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What people are saying about Byron Bay Hinterland

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 32 reviews

Brunswick is renowned for 'Simple Pleasures" and nothing beats the beauty and tranquillity of a cruise from The Brunswick upstream taking in all it has to offer culminating in an uninterrupted view of Mt Chincogan the crowning glory of the Brunswick valley. Wildlife abounds from the tiny sacred Kingfisher to the White - breasted sea eagle . The coffee and cake was delightfully served to us from our congenial hosts.

A fabulous way to spend a couple of hours. Super relaxing and enjoyable. Would recommend for anyone wanting to just kick back and relax. The guides were wonderful, helpful, and welcoming. The provided food was great and the glass of wine was greatly appreciated.

The walk was excellent. The whole family enjoyed swimming in the falls. My 10 year old complained on the way back up - but I put it down to charachter building! we also got to enjoy the Bangalow markets

Would recommend this cruise highly. Simon made the trip very interesting and he was very knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna. Will definitely do this cruise again. Very enjoyable.

Very well organised, great communication and both Minyon falls and the kayaking were spectacular. Would definitely recommend!