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  • Byron Bay: Sea Turtle Snorkel Tour in Julian Rocks Reserve

    1. 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. Enjoy a 1-hour swim alongside sea turtles and a wide variety of other underwater creatures. 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 allowing you to spot underwater creatures such as small wobbegong sharks, hard and soft corals, an assortment of rays, and ...

    If you like snorkelling... this location “Julian Rocks” is a MUST DO! We saw 4 sea turtlea and so many Leppard sharks and massive sting rays. Quite incredible!!! The only downside of this experience is that it is often cancelled due to weather conditions. Ours was cancelled the first time just 15 min prior to departure and almost again the second time at time of departure. It’s no ones fault (it’s the weather!) so just be prepared to be flexible. We had no trouble rebooking for a few days later and they offer full refunds.

  • Byron Bay: Kayak with Dolphins Tour

    2. Byron Bay: Kayak with Dolphins Tour

    Take in some of the best sights the East Coast has to offer. Learn about local history and indigenous history, the lighthouse, dolphins, whales, and turtles. See the most Easterly Point of the Australian mainland on a guided tour in a two-person, sit-on-top-style sea kayak. Enjoy paddling your sea kayak through the surf and later ride some of Australia’s most famous waves in Byron Bay. Get up close and personal with friendly bottlenose dolphins and discover how inquisitive they can be.

    Spot sea turtles and marvel at the size of the majestic humpback whales as they migrate through beautiful Byron Bay. There is a 90% chance of seeing dolphins on this tour and if you don’t see them you can come again another time for free.

    Didn't see any dolphins. But saw a whale breach out of water a few times! SO COOL It was super cool to be out so far in the ocean. Very exhilarating. I honestly couldn't stop smiling and laughing the whole time. The lads that took us out were funny, nice and very helpful in any situation. Look after us very well. Definitely be back for our free trip.. WOOOOOO

  • Byron Bay: Premier Whale Watch Cruise with Marine Biologist

    3. 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.

    An absolutely breathtaking experience. Got to see lots of whales and dolphins. Whales in full breach near our boat - unforgettable.

  • Brunswick River: Morning Eco Rainforest River Cruise

    4. 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.

    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.

  • Byron Bay: Full-Day Brewery and Distillery Tour with Lunch

    5. Byron Bay: Full-Day Brewery and Distillery Tour with Lunch

    Enjoy a day of drinking in the Byron area during a brewery and distillery tour as you learn about the processes of production from the masters themselves. Make the most of the day by visiting 3 local breweries and 1 distillery. The tour includes transportation so you can drink safely and comfortably without worrying about how you will get home. All tastings at each brewery and distillery are included so you won’t get thirsty. Also enjoy lunch at one of the breweries and a sweet tour of the coast and some of the luscious hinterland that surrounds Byron. Visit breweries Stone and Wood, Byron Bay brewery and Seven Mile brewery in Ballina and Lord Byron Distillery or Cape Byron distillery. A background on each place will be given by the breweries and distillers so you can receive an inside look at the processes on how the magic is made . A large array of drinks are included at each venue an...

    My husband and I really enjoyed the experience. Good value for money! Great company and some amazing breweries/ distilleries.

  • Byron Bay: Hinterland Magic and Glow-Worm Experience

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

    Set off for a unique afternoon and evening filled with conscious talks, inspirational ideas, and live sacred instruments sessions in between. Explore a waterfall in NightCap National Park, and enjoy the sight of glowworms in a magical forest. 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. At your last stop, enjoy a healthy vegetarian/vegan-friendly dinner in nature.

    Great day with lovely people, relaxed environment and Chris was a great guide with great conversation. Special treats throughout the trip with great locations

  • Byron Bay: Certified Dive Tour

    7. Byron Bay: Certified Dive Tour

    Take part in a certified dive at one of Australia’s top 10 dive sites, Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. Whether you are an experienced diver or newly certified, you can tailor your dive to suit your needs. See the diversity of marine life, ranging from leopard sharks and manta rays in summer months to grey nurse sharks in the winter. Before reaching Julian Rocks, one of Australia’s most spectacular dive sites you will receive a safety briefing from the skipper of the vessel. You'll be provided with a snorkel, mask, fins, wet suit, BCD, regulator, cylinder, and weight belt by one of the friendly crew and instructed where to leave your bags, valuable items, and personal belongings. The crew will set up the equipment and you will be required to check this prior to departure. Transport will be provided to The Pass, where the boats are launched to take you on a very short 5-10 minute boat ride ...

  • Byron Bay: Scenic Sunset River Cruise

    8. 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.

  • Byron Bay: Cruise with Dolphins Tour

    9. Byron Bay: Cruise with Dolphins Tour

    Discover the diversity of Australia’s marine beauty aboard a purpose-built boat, sailing for 2.5 hours through magnificent Byron Bay. After pickup from select accommodations in Byron Bay’s CBD, you’ll head off to the dock to board your eco-friendly vessel, meeting your marine biologist guides. Heading off towards Ballina, you’ll gaze at 360-degree views of the vast cliff faces, solitary islands, and hidden beaches, all the while learning about wildlife, the history of the area, and locals-only insights. As you sail comfortably through the pristine waters, keep your eyes peeled for a wide variety of sea life. Marvel at playful dolphins, surfing the waves coming off of the hull. Look for majestic sea turtles. If you’re lucky, you’ll even see one of the ocean’s most stunning creatures — the massive humpback whale. Cruising by Australia’s most easterly point, you’ll gaze upon the stately Ca...

    It was the perfect boat experience! I surprised my boyfriend for his birthday and he’s been living in Byron since 10 years and loved it! Best guides ever! We loved every second of it and seing the dolphins was incredible!

  • Byron Bay: Brunswick River Scenic Kayak Tour

    10. 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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4.7 / 5

based on 354 reviews

Didn't see any dolphins. But saw a whale breach out of water a few times! SO COOL It was super cool to be out so far in the ocean. Very exhilarating. I honestly couldn't stop smiling and laughing the whole time. The lads that took us out were funny, nice and very helpful in any situation. Look after us very well. Definitely be back for our free trip.. WOOOOOO

It was great experience battling the waves! We did not get to see dolphins in action but we were given the dolphin guarantee that we can come back for free. The staff are commendable they are professional and helpful. I wish to come back in Byron and do it again! Awesome experience.

Great day with lovely people, relaxed environment and Chris was a great guide with great conversation. Special treats throughout the trip with great locations

An absolutely breathtaking experience. Got to see lots of whales and dolphins. Whales in full breach near our boat - unforgettable.

Amazing experience. We saw so many whales and the marine biologist was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic