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Byron Bay Hinterland

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Brunswick River: Morning Eco Rainforest River Cruise

1. 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.

Byron Bay Hinterland: National Park and Waterfalls Tour

2. 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: Minyon Falls and Ocean Kayak Tour with BBQ Lunch

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

Enjoy a half-day morning hinterland tour to the World Heritage-listed Minyon Falls, plus a bonus spectacular kayaking tour with dolphins and whales (May to October) in Byron Bay in the afternoon. Enjoy a bushwalk 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. Learn about local history and listen to 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.

Byron Bay: Brunswick River Scenic Kayak Tour

4. 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.

Byron Bay: Hinterland and Bangalow Full-Day Guided Tour

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

Explore all that Byron has to offer on this packed day tour. Visit the Byron Bay lighthouse, explore Crystal Castle, and enjoy a tasty BBQ lunch in Bangalow. Your adventure starts when you're picked up from your accommodation, and you'll be driven up to the iconic Byron Bay lighthouse. Marvel at the panoramic views over the Pacific Ocean and mountain landscape, and get up close to the iconic Byron Bay lighthouse. Between May and October, you can spot whales on their annual migration. Next, enjoy a tour of The Farm Byron Bay, a sustainable farming and food experience. Meet the resident heritage-breed pigs, Scottish Highland cattle, and free-roaming chickens. Stroll through fields of flowers, macadamia and pecan plantations, and market gardens filled with in-season produce.  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 delicious BBQ-style lunch, followed by a stroll through this beautiful village, which includes vintage clothing stores, homewares shops, glamorous designer boutiques, and an authentic French patisserie. From Bangalow, return to Byron Bay, where you'll be dropped off with plenty of time to have a late afternoon swim or surf.

Brunswick River: Sunset Eco Rainforest River Cruise

6. 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.

Byron Bay Half-Day Tour

7. 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 driving up to the Byron Lighthouse for spectacular 360-degree ocean and hinterland views. Watch the dolphins and migrating whales between the months of May and October. Visit 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. Next stop, take a tour of the sustainable farming and food experience that is "The Farm," located in Byron Bay. Meet the resident heritage-breed pigs, Scottish Highland cattle, and free-roaming chickens as you stroll through fields of flowers and the market garden. Walk your way up through the 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.

Byron Bay Waves To Waterfalls Adventure Tour

8. 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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What people are saying about Byron Bay Hinterland

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 43 reviews

Our tour guide Tom was so so lovely. Very knowledgeable and knew alot of byron bay and it’s history. He took us to all the spots and they were beautiful, unfortunately the weather was not the best that day but it was all worth it. The crystal castle was amazing and definitely worth a visit. Lunch was provided with a BBQ made by Tom just burgers and chips, simple and easy, you can’t complain! Anyway we just want to say thanks to Tom as he was genuinely such a good person and tour guide.

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.

Tom was an amazing guide. He was so friendly and took us to a beautiful waterfall and gave us some great information and history of Byron bay. And he also cooked us a lovely BBQ lunch! Would 100% recommend

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.

Excellent tour led by Tom! The rainforest trek was such an adventure and you will be rewarded with one of the most beautiful waterfalls at the end.