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Byron Bay Outdoor sports

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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.

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 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.

Byron Bay: Kayak with Dolphins Tour

4. 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: 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 Tandem Skydive

6. Byron Bay Tandem Skydive

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: Brunswick River Scenic Kayak Tour

7. 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: National Park and Waterfalls Tour

8. 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: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight with Breakfast

9. 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.

Byron Bay: 2.5-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Lesson

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Byron Bay

Great to see the wildlife in their natural habitat. Wendy was a great spotter, and was very knowledgeable about the animals we saw. Also prepared a very healthy lunch for us.

I got there late (for my fault) but they let me join the last part of the lesson regardless. It was really fun, the teachers were nice and helpful. Recommended!

Despite the rain we were able to see a good dozen dolphins very close to us. The view was magnificent and our guides of rare quality! Thanks

Very nice guides and learned a few things about the dolphins! Saw loads of beautiful dolphins

Great experience loved it and instructor was excellent