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Where in the world: South Pacific  /  Australia  /  New South Wales  /  Byron Shire

Top 15 things to do in Byron Shire

1. Sundive Byron Bay, Byron Bay

Daily Snorkelling and SCUBA Diving Excursions to the Julian Rocks in Byron Bay, plus a full range of PADI SCUBA Courses, Equipment Servicing and overseas Dive Expeditions
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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2. The Farm Byron Bay, Byron Bay

Find the perfect balance between scenic rural relaxation and coastal town convenience when you take your family, friends or loved one to one of Australia's favourite beachside tourist destinations. Byron Bay is home to some of the most picturesque scenery and dynamic characters in the country. Byron Bay Farmstay is exclusive and affordable accommodation that allows you & your family to indulge in the pleasures of the Byron hinterland and beach paradise.

Nestled in rainforest and with spectacular views, just a few minutes from Byron Bay, these self-contained cottages provide exceptional budget accommodation families and couples can afford. Enjoy superb ocean, hinterland and mountain vistas across 300 acres.

With only six self-contained cottages, you'll feel like you have this stunning property all for yourself. Wander through unique, heritage-listed rainforest. Swim, fish and paddle on the lake, or simply take in the tranquillity of the surroundings from your private verandah. Greet the cows as they calmly amble past your cottage.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $45 › Learn more about The Farm Byron Bay

3. Cape Byron Walking Track, Byron Bay

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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4. Byron Stand Up Paddle Nature Tour

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"Highlight of our trip to Byron"... "A lot easier than I expected!" ... "Amazing experience!"Come experience Byron's original stand up paddle board tour with our relaxing adventure down the beautiful Brunswick River in the Cape Byron Marine Park. The tour goes for 1.5 - 2 hrs (allow 3 hrs incl travel time to & from Byron). NOTE: we're not doing pick ups currently as a COVID safety measure.Get ready to soak in the peacefulness of the surroundings while learning/experiencing the fun of SUP. You'll feel far away from the hustle immersed in nature.Start times vary due to tides, please call for details on your preferred day.As a small family business we go the extra mile for you, literally rolling out the red carpet for when you enter the water. We provide cold water on tour, take photos & even provide homemade snacks back on land (& they seem to get as much praise in reviews as the tour!).Private tours also available for a wider range of ages & abilities.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $67 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Cape Byron Lighthouse, Byron Bay

Siting on the most easterly point of the country's mainland, Cape Byron Lighthouse was constructed in 1901 and fully automated in 1989. The iconic white tower attracts nearly half a million visitors each year, offering commanding views of the ocean and the coast. Take a guided tour and learn more about shipwrecks at the museum below. Remember to bring a pair of binoculars to watch humpback whales, dolphins, and turtles. You can also stay overnight at the former lighthouse keeper's residence or one of the two cottages once occupied by assistant keepers.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $45 › Learn more about Cape Byron Lighthouse

7. Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens, Mullumbimby

Wander around an ancient labyrinth, a 4 m (13 ft) blessing Buddha statue, and rose quartz water fountain at Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens. As you roam the meticulously cared-for gardens, discover hand-carved statues and Tibetan peace stupa. After you walk, you can meditate at the pond with koi peacefully swimming by. Explore the jewelry and crystal collection from all corners of the world and then treat yourself to a healthy meal from the garden at the cafe.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $33 › Learn more about Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens

8. Kayaking with Dolphins in Byron Bay Guided Tour

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Paddle with dolphins and go kayaking with the experts on a Byron Bay sea kayak tour. See bottlenose dolphins and look out for whales and turtles as you paddle through Cape Byron Marine Park. Learn about the local environment from local sea and surf experts, and enjoy all-you-can-eat Tim Tam chocolate biscuits on the beach. All safety gear is included, and your kayaking with dolphins tour suits beginner and expert kayakers alike.
Suggested duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Tours from $60 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Byron Bay Dive Centre, Byron Bay

We dive at Julian Rocks marine sanctuary- home to tropical species such as turtles and manta rays, as well as over four hundred different species of fish. A small selection can be seen in our photos.

We cater for all levels of experience. Join one of our guided diving or snorkel trips that go out every day and let our dive crew show you one of Australia’s most spectacular dive sites.

At the Byron Bay Dive Centre you can complete a range of PADI and SSI dive courses but be prepared to share your classroom with giant sea turtles and friendly blue gropers.

The Byron Bay Dive Centre is the only diving facility in Byron Bay that issues PADI, SSI and NAUI diving certifications.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $81 › Learn more about Byron Bay Dive Centre

10. Kayaking & Canoeing, Byron Bay

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $60 › Learn more about Kayaking & Canoeing

11. Spas, Byron Bay

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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12. The Byron Bay Sea Kayak Tour

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Imagine yourself kayaking in the crystal blue waters surrounding the Most Easterly Point of Australia spotting dolphins, humpback whales (from May to Oct) and turtles. This kayak trip is suitable for most levels of fitness, is easy and it lots of fun!We embark on our ocean sea kayak tour from Clarke's Beach in Byron Bay paddling across the Bay towards Cape Byron. At Wategos Beach , situated just under the historic Cape Byron Lighthouse there is a residential pod of Pacific Bottle-nose Dolphins. We enter their habitat and usually have the privilege of seeing these beautiful marine mammals free from captivity in their own environment.Go Sea Kayak Byron Bay is owned and operated by long term local surf lifesaver and World Title Surf Ski Medallist Kurt Tutt. Our staff are all trained Surf Lifesavers and will take the best of care of you.
Suggested duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Tours from $60 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Belongil Beach, Byron Bay

Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $45 › Learn more about Belongil Beach

15. 3-Hour Sea Turtle Snorkeling Experience in Byron Bay

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Snorkel Byron Bay’s Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. Julian Rocks is one of the few snorkel sites where you can swim with tropical species found on the Great Barrier Reef as well as animals from Australia’s deep Southern Ocean. Here the reserve is home to three different species of sea turtle, an assortment of rays including mantas, hard and soft corals, friendly wobbegong sharks and over four hundred different species of fish. All of this is only a five-minute boat ride from Byron Bay. A snorkel trip to Julian Rocks Marine Reserve takes three hours from start to finish, with an hour in the water snorkeling and includes the boat ride, equipment hire (mask, snorkel, fins and wet suit) and a free snorkel lesson (if required). Whilst snorkeling you are supervised by qualified dive staff who will ensure you get the most from your trip to Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. You will be amazed by the diversity and color found in the clear shallow waters.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $81 › More about this tour at viator.com ›