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Byron Bay is a melting pot of surf culture, alternative philosophies and hedonistic indulgence - the perfect place to get back in touch with nature and your inner wild child. Get active, be it surfing, kayaking, fishing, sailing or just enjoying a swim at the beach. Express yourself with arts and hippie fashions or dance the day away at a festival. Or you can make like a local and just chill out. From the lush hinterland to the sparkling beaches on the coast, the region is full of natural wonders: humpback whales cruise past the headland, tropical storms create rainbows over the mountains, and hang-gliders ride the thermals above the lighthouse. There are plenty of tours and activities to take it all in. Discover more beauty by simply exploring. The laid-back town of Brunswick Heads, plus the arts-loving villages of Bangalow and Mullumbimby, combine the casual vibe of coastal retreats with a touch of city style.

Cape Byron Headland and Lighthouse

Cape Byron Headland Reserve offers walking tracks through spectacular beaches and beautiful rare coastal vegetation. Visit the Cape Byron Lighthouse above the 94 m cliff at mainland Australia's most easterly point. The view is magnificent in every direction, from the Cape Byron Marine Park and Pacific Ocean to the hinterland, to the rocky coast and beaches of Byron Bay. If you're there at dawn you'll see the first rays of sun on the lighthouse, built in 1901. Look out for dolphins, turtles, wallabies and whales in season.
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Kayaking with dolphins

Kayak with dolphins and whales or snorkel over a hidden volcanic reef with local green and loggerhead turtles in Byron Bay's Marine National Park. Owned and operated by local surf life savers, Go Sea Kayak will bring you within metres of local wildlife while entertaining you with tales of Byron Bay history and Indigenous stories. Spot the massive humpback whales as they migrate through Byron Bay, and surf the waves at one of Byron's famous beaches on your kayak. This is an experience to remember.
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Surfing is a tradition in Byron Bay, and with some of the best waves on the East Coast you'll be very glad you brought your surfboard. Experienced surfers spend their days chasing waves on the many gorgeous beaches of the region, choosing their surf break depending on conditions. Beginners flock to Byron Bay’s beaches for the more gentle waves, with several expert surf schools offering to help hone the craft. Mojosurf, Byron Bay Style Surfing School, KoolKatzSurf, Rusty Miller Surf School, Soul Surf School and Surfing Byron Bay are great options for a surf tour. No matter how well you surf, they can offer you a great time on the water.
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Diving and Snorkelling

The sea around Byron Bay is home to a thriving and abundant underwater world. The Julian Rocks Marine Park, just 2.5 km off the Byron Bay coast, has earned a reputation as being one of the most prolific fish dive sites in the world. Whales, dolphins, manta rays, leopard sharks, grey nurse sharks, and turtles are all common visitors to the marine park, thanks to a unique blend of tropical warm currents from the north, with cooler temperate waters from the south. Sundive is Byron Bay's only PADI 5 Star Dive Centre. If you are not a certified diver, this is the place to train.
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Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens

Located a short scenic journey into Byron's hinterland, these private botanical gardens are filled with extraordinary crystals and sub-tropical plant life. Walk among stunning landscaped gardens and rainforest areas on the Buddha Walk, Rainforest Walk or around the labyrinth. The Peace Experience offers an enriching sound healing bath, meditation session and Kora Walk around the Kalachakra stupa for world peace, a sacred monument project that has been blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
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Brunswick Heads

Brunswick Heads, about 20 minutes north of Byron Bay, has survived the development of its famous neighbour to maintain the old-fashioned charm of a river and seaside town, reminiscent of the 1950s. It’s a sleepy little village on the scenic estuary of the Brunswick River, with excellent boating and fishing, a fantastic local pub scene, outstanding fish and chips, and the makings of a great café culture. The white sandy beaches are clean, uncrowded and unpretentious. Brunswick Heads is home to the Kites & Bikes Festival in March and the Fish’n’Chips Festival in January.
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