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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: 2-Hour Small Group Surf Lesson

2. Byron Bay: 2-Hour Small Group Surf Lesson

Awaken the surfer within you during this 2-hour introductory lesson. Even if it's your first time around a board, you'll be safely shown up to your first wave before you’ve even had time to worry about falling off. Learn to surf in beautiful byron bay. This operator is one of the few suppliers that has a licence in Byron Bay. From absolute beginners to anyone looking for a refresher course, these lessons include safety information about the beach and important surf and safety rules covering all the basics from the warm-up, to paddling, catching waves and standing. Surf in small groups (maximum 6 surfers per Instructor) and the personalized attention you'll receive will build your knowledge and confidence as you cultivate your surf technique.  You're bound to leave with a smile on your face, plus bragging rights having near conquered this perma-cool and amazing sport!

Brunswick Heads: Snorkeling Byron Bay Tour at Julian Rocks

3. Brunswick Heads: Snorkeling Byron Bay Tour at Julian Rocks

Join a Marine Biologist guide on a cruise from Brunswick Heads to Julian Rocks Nature Reserve in Byron Bay for a snorkeling adventure with all gear included. Sail along the coast of Byron Bay and explore over 1000 marine species including sea turtles, manta rays, eagle rays, leopard sharks, grey nurse sharks, dolphins, corals, and more. Start from Brunswick Heads Marina, soaking in the sights of the Byron coastline onboard a comfortable boat. Encounter local dolphins and other marine life on the way to Julian Rocks. Next, discover the rocky outcrop of Julian Rocks Nature Reserve, traditionally known as “Nguthungulli”, one of Australia’s top rated dive sites. Snorkel in its safe and shallow waters and observe an endless list of marine life. From friendly leopard sharks and wobbegongs to Manta rays, Turtles, hundreds of colourful fish species, grey nurse sharks, eagle rays, dolphins, and much more, take it all in during a guided snorkel tour.

Byron Bay: Hinterland Magic and Glow-Worm Experience

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

Discover the outstanding Byron Bay Hinterland and be impressed by epic lookouts, pristine waterfalls, and ancient forests. Be amazed by the glowworm magic at a secret location on this guided tour that includes a tasty vegetarian meal. Turn your visit into an "out of the box" adventure that will make you feel good from start to end as you explore, not only the fabulous nature of the Rainbow Region but also leave you with a greater understanding and appreciation of our community and environment. Feel the thrill of watching glowworms in their natural habitat. Be pleased with a healthy vegetarian/vegan light dinner. Head back to Byron rejuvenated after an experience filled with conscious talks and inspirational ideas.

Byron Bay: Waterfalls and Hidden Gems Day Tour

5. Byron Bay: Waterfalls and Hidden Gems Day Tour

Experience the beauty of Killen Falls waterfall, the picturesque coastal beach town of Lennox Head, and swim in the healing waters of Lake Ainsworth on a day tour from Byron Bay. With pickup and drop-off services included all you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey. Your knowledgeable and friendly local tour guide has lived in the area their whole life and will lead you on a journey through the picturesque landscapes of the hinterland and coastline, sharing the history and culture of the area, as well as pointing out the best spots for photos. Stop at Killen Falls where you can enjoy a swim in the cool waters of this beautiful waterfall. Stroll the streets of laid-back Lennox Heads, and explore the winding pathways in Broken Head National Park. Cool off in Lake Ainsworth, locally known for its reputed healing properties. Enjoy a delicious lunch (at additional cost) at a charming beach local side kiosk and savor the flavors of the Northern Rivers. With a variety of menu options, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste buds and dietary requirements. This day tour is the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Northern Rivers.

Byron Bay: Premier Whale Watch Cruise with Marine Biologist

6. 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 specialised 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.

Byron Bay: Snorkelling Tour of Julian Rocks "Nuthungulli"

7. Byron Bay: Snorkelling Tour of Julian Rocks "Nuthungulli"

Discover Julian Rocks Marine Sanctuary in Byron Bay, rated as one of the best dive sites in Australia. Experience "Nguthungulli" (the local Arakwal name for this incredible place) which offers protected safe and shallow waters perfect for snorkelling and freediving. Sitting off the most easterly point of Australia, Julian Rocks is a convergence point of warm tropical and cooler temperate waters, making it a marine wildlife hotspot. Snorkel with whales, dolphins, manta rays, leopard sharks, grey nurse sharks and turtles. Discover a perfect environment for snorkelling and freediving with prolific fish life and multiple areas to explore. Your onboard Marine biologist will guide you to the best spots to see marine life. Don't worry, you will be provided with a quality mask, fins and a wetsuit. Enjoy the sights of the Byron coastline onboard your comfortable vessel "Wardjum" ─ Bundjalung for a mythical sea creature. You may even encounter local dolphins and other marine life on the way to Julian Rocks. Humpback whales are a daily sight from June-November.

Byron Bay Tandem Skydive with Transfer Options

8. Byron Bay Tandem Skydive with Transfer Options

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: Full-Day Wildlife Safari

9. Byron Bay: Full-Day Wildlife Safari

Come with us to see Australian wildlife in the wild – not a zoo or sanctuary. Our Wildlife Safari takes you to three different habitats near Byron Bay. You’ll visit eucalyptus forest, rainforest and grassland to discover the animals that live there. We guarantee you’ll see a koala or two, a mob of kangaroo, a whole colony of flying fox and many species of bird. If conditions are right you may also see pademelon, echidna, tawny frogmouth and water dragons. You’ll journey in style and comfort, either in our cozy eight-seater hybrid vehicle or our spacious 12-seater bus, depending on the group size for the tour. Learn to spot the different between a kangaroo and wallaby, or a grey-headed flying fox and a black one. Along the way you will be amazed at the abundant birdlife. Native hens, ducks and waders; noisy colourful parrots; iconic kookaburra; magpies; currawong; tiny flitting wrens and robins, are just some of the birdlife we see on this tour. We are an award winning eco-tour company and we are passionate about what we do. As with all our eco-tours, it is our goal to observe but not disturb the wildlife. If you want to feed or pat the wildlife, this is not the tour for you. On this tour we travel to where the animals live so it involves a bit of driving. We start with a 45-minute drive to our first stop and end the day with a 1-hour drive back to Byron Bay. In between there are short drives and walks. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements when you book. As with all our our eco tours, we request that you try and wear dark clothing if possible. We don’t draw attention to ourselves, to the wildlife that we are trying to see. Minimum 2, Maximum 10. What's included: Return transport Environmental scientist as a guide Use of binoculars Access to photographs Picnic lunch Water refills What to bring: Water bottle Jacket (depending on weather) Covered Shoes Please wear dark clothes if possible Pick ups We are happy to pick you up from your Byron shire or Ballina shire accommodation

Byron Bay: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight with Breakfast

10. Byron Bay: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight with Breakfast

Soar high on a spectacular flight over Byron Bay. With the region offering some of the best hot air balloon flights in the country, you'll experience panoramic views of the ocean and vast scenery around the famed counterculture meccas of Bangalow, Mullumbimby, Nimbin & Lismore. On arrival at The Farm Byron Bay you will meet with your friendly pilots and ground crew team. Relax as your guide checks the weather conditions and chooses the best launch site suited for the day and the group's needs. A short trip later you'll be ready to inflate the colorful balloon. Watch as your balloon comes to life and is inflated before your eyes. The process usually takes about 25 minutes and you can even help out if you want. As the sun starts to rise, the ascent starts. First, you'll be floating just above the trees. Then you'll be taking in everything the beautiful Byron Bay region has to offer from 2000 feet or more. You'll see everything with uninterrupted panoramic views from coastline, farmland, and national parks. As you drift gently along, your guide will also point out landmarks and provide a running commentary of what's below. After coming back down to earth, you'll return to The Farm Byron Bay. Sit down with your fellow adventurers to enjoy a scrumptious gourmet breakfast at the Three Blue Ducks Restaurant, where all meals are ethical, sustainable and delicious. Enjoy your meal while reflecting on the adventure you have just had.

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4.7 / 5

based on 620 reviews

Ryan made our day and probably the highlight of our whole trip! His laid back style and easy going personality plus extensive knowledge of the area was amazing. He made the experience absolutely perfect despite some heavy rain starting us off. The entire day was truly magical. Thank you!!

We had an amazing time. Safety was first for the crew and guides. The trip really did live up to expectation (and more given the amount of sealife we were lucky to see!). Thank you for such a safe, memorable and thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Really great day with Beau! Saw lots of stingrays/fish/birds. It was very relaxing and stress free! Apart from trying to find the meeting point (it’s in the scouts hall)! Would highly recommend. Beau made everything so enjoyable.

Such an amazing experience and really inspiring!! Was so good to be fully immersed in the rainforest and surrounded by beautiful waterfalls. Can’t recommend enough + Chris is such a passionate tour guide 😊😍

It was excellent and it was magical to see the waterfalls and walk in the rainforest and see the glow worms and Chris the guide was above excellent He helped me a lot -