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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: 2-Hour Small Group Surf Lesson

3. 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) 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!

Byron Bay: 2.5-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Lesson

4. Byron Bay: 2.5-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Lesson

Find out why stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is one of the fastest growing water sports in this 2.5 hour SUP experience. The stable stand up paddle boards make it easy for anyone to enjoy the unique experience of walking on water. You'll start with some important safety information where all of the basics including; warm up, how to stand and control the board, proper stroke and turning techniques, correct posture and positioning, safe entry and exit from the water will be covered. You will be surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape and have the chance to spot some amazing marine life including dolphins, fish, seabirds marine plants and sea turtles.

Byron Bay Hinterland: National Park and Waterfalls Tour

5. 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: Brunswick River Scenic Kayak Tour

6. 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.

From Byron Bay: Platypus Spotting Walk

7. From Byron Bay: Platypus Spotting Walk

Get up close and personal with Australia's famous platypus on this tour. After getting picked up from your hotel in Byron Shire before dawn, head to a special creek where you will be able to watch the sunrise. At the creek, take a pair of binoculars and begin your 1.2-kilometer walk. The platypus are very shy, but if you stay still and quiet, you will hopefully get to spot up to 4 of these unique creatures, either in the pond or on land. During this walk, you will also get to admire a range of bird species, including the beautiful azure kingfisher, and you may even get to spot a cheeky koala. Finish your tour with a picnic breakfast before returning to your accommodation, just in time for check-out if you need to leave that day.

Brisbane: Full-Day Byron Bay Tour

8. Brisbane: Full-Day Byron Bay Tour

Visit Cape Byron and see the dramatic cliffs as they tumble down to the ocean surge. Your full-day coach tour departs from Brisbane City early in the morning before heading south through some of the popular beach-side suburbs. Enjoy the endless stretches of pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and a diverse mix of people as you drive across the Queensland border into New South Wales and through the sugar cane country of the Tweed Valley. Your ultimate destination is the easternmost point of mainland Australia, which is marked by the Victorian-era lighthouse which sits high on the crest of Cape Byron. Standing high on a bald rocky headland, the lighthouse has a precipitous cliff to the east and a sheer drop of approximately 330 feet below it. The Cape Byron Lighthouse is one of the most powerful lighthouses in the world, and the most easterly in Australia.

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What people are saying about Byron Bay

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

I was solo so I was randomly paired with another solo kayaker and we had a great time. We only saw whales but I was excited to just be ocean kayaking. Guides were funny and knew the perfect times to take rowing breaks.

Dragged My girlfriend out for kayak experience… she did well, for a non-sport person and it is her first time. We saw dolphins n whale … it was so much fun… except the last part .. our kayak flipped over on our way in

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.

The surf instructors were so encouraging - my favourite experience in Australia!