Things to do in Byron Bay

Our most recommended things to do in Byron Bay

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: Kayak with Dolphins Tour

3. 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.

Byron Bay: Hinterland Magic and Glow-Worm Experience

4. 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: 2-Hour Small Group Surf Lesson

5. 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 Hinterland: National Park and Waterfalls Tour

6. 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.

From Byron Bay: Half-Day Trip to Crystal Castle

7. 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.

Byron Bay: Premier Whale Watch Cruise with Marine Biologist

8. 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.

Brunswick River: Morning Eco Rainforest River Cruise

9. 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 Heads: Snorkeling Tour to Julian Rocks & Byron Bay

10. Brunswick Heads: Snorkeling Tour to Julian Rocks & Byron Bay

Join a marine biologist guide on a cruise from Brunswick Heads to Julian Rocks Nature Reserve for a snorkeling adventure with all gear included. Sail along the coast of Byron Bay and explore over 1000 marine species including sea turtles, humpback whales, 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 dive sites. Snorkel in its safe and shallow waters and observe an endless list of marine life. From friendly wobbegongs to manta rays, hundreds of colorful fish species, leopard sharks, grey nurse sharks, dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and more – take it all in during a guided snorkel tour.

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What people are saying about Byron Bay

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 496 reviews

What an amazing experience! Chris the tour guide was so passionate and engaging and shared great insight into the land. The views were beautiful, the glow-worm experience was magical and the swim at the secluded waterfall was absolutely amazing. This tour really leaves you feeling connected and more appreciative of nature and I couldn’t recommend it enough! Chris made it such a personal and unforgettable experience and we are so grateful to have been a part of something so special. Thank you Chris!!

Definitely recommend this tour! The lighthouse and views are amazing, the farm was so nice to visit and crystal castle was absolutely beautiful, there was even an option to do a sound healing session there which was so nice and relaxing. The tour guide Tom was so lovely and very knowledgeable and made it a great experience. Very grateful to have gotten to visit all these great attractions at Byron Bay during our stay.

I took the trip mainly to try and get some pictures of the local birdlife. I did getsome nice shots of numerous species, Brahminy Kite, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Striated Heron and a few other more common species. Apart from the birds, the scenery is beautiful and it's a nice way to spend a couple of hours. Recomended.

Fun experience. Staff really helpful. Great activity to do.

Relaxed walk into the hinterland. Great view of waterfall