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Five ways to get up close to wildlife

Whale Watching

Byron Bay is considered one of the best places in Australia to get up close to Humpback whales on their annual migration. From June to November each year, these majestic creatures undertake their annual migration. Whilst there are plenty of opportunities to observe them from the shore, one of the best ways to get up close is with a local whale watching tour.

Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Owned and operated by the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital, and just a short drive out of town, the wildlife sanctuary provides the perfect opportunity to spend time getting up close to native Australian animals. With an emphasis on education, regeneration and rehabilitation, the sanctuary reinvests every dollar spent on the conservation and rehabilitation of Australian wildlife.  

Snorkelling and Diving in Byron Bay

Explore Julian's Rocks, just a five minute boat ride from shore. The warm, clear water is teeming with a diverse range of marine life and coral. Encounter the resident sea turtles, a plethora of fish, grey nurse sharks, leopard sharks and manta rays. There are plenty of local professional dive operators, ready to help you explore this unique marine playground.

Sea kayaking 

Join an award winning Go Sea Kayaking 2 hour tour to explore Cape Byron Marine Park. Famous for it's bottlenose dolphin encounters, this guided tour is the perfect Byron Bay wildlife experience and suitable for all ages and fitness levels. 

Sunset river cruise

For something a little different, don't miss the serenity of a sunset drinks cruise on the beautiful Brunswick River. Enjoy fantastic bird watching in this uniquely beautiful rainforest environment - perhaps spotting a kingfisher or majestic eagle that call this environment home