Rediscover Byron with these 5 Alternative Outdoor Experiences and Tours

Calling all fans of the great outdoors, adrenaline junkies and water rats! Byron Bay is your ticket to a world of adventure when it comes to things to do outside. And you can soak up pretty pristine scenery while you’re at it!

If you’re looking for things to do and unique tour experiences to tame your adventurous heart, have a read below of five of the best! Some of these may be a bit of a splurge, so if you’re looking for an experience to celebrate a special occasion or a birthday gift idea, then these could be perfect option!

1. Hang Gliding

You might’ve spotted this one on the recent season of Channel 9’s ‘Travel Guides’. Soar above the beautiful landscape of Byron Bay with Byron Air, as you take up a tandem hang gliding experience like no other. As you glide over the insanely beautiful beaches and scenery of Byron, keep an eye out for dolphins, turtles, white breasted sea eagles… and even a humpback whale or two!

Cost: $160

Ticket includes:

  • 30 minute tandem flight
  • Safety briefing and explanation prior to flight

2. Snorkel Tour

If snorkelling with sea turtles makes you want to head to the ocean ASAP, then you’ll want to join the a Snorkel Tour with Wild Byron. Here, you’ll head to Julian Rocks Marine Reserve by boat, before jumping into sea and spotting a tonne of marine life, including friendly sea turtles, manta rays, and leopard sharks. Another great snorkelling tour and whale watching operator is Out Of The Blue Adventures.

Cost: $119

Ticket includes:

  • Full equipment hire
  • Professional underwater photography
  • The boat ride to Julian Rocks
  • The snorkelling tour
  • Marine naturalist guide

3. Learning to Surf

We have surfboards available to hire for free here at Wake Up! Byron Bay, but what if you’ve never surfed before? Take up a lesson! Soul Surf School offer awesome group surf lessons that’ll have you standing up and throwing shakas on the water in no time at all! Depending on what kind of skills you’re aiming for, you can opt for a range of lessons, from Half Day ($69), 2 Day ($120) all the way to 5 Day (from $240). Afterwards, you’ll be able to take up that free Wake Up surfboard hire, and look like a pro!

Cost: from $69 – $240

Ticket includes:

  • 4-hour surf lessons (number of lessons depending on which package you buy)
  • All equipment (including surfboard, wetsuits and rash vests)
  • Surf safety
  • Water and sunscreen
  • Experienced surf instructors
  • Secure storage for your valuables
  • Free transfer from your accommodation

4. Diving Tour

Join Sundive for a diving tour at one of Australia’s top ten dive sites… less than a 10 minute boat ride from Byron Bay! This is a must – whether you’re a newly certified diver or a Master Instructor – and they can tailor your dive to suit your level.

Prepare to discover leopard sharks and manta rays (over the summer) or grey nurse sharks in the winter, for a proper adrenaline rush! You’ll likely also encounter sea turtles, rays, different corals, and over 500 different species of fish!

Cost: between $135 – $165 depending on what equipment you need

Ticket includes:

  • Full equipment hire if required
  • The boat ride to dive site
  • Guided dives
  • Return transport from shop to dive site

5. Sky Diving

For a true adrenaline experience, you can’t beat the rush from skydiving over Byron Bay. This is Australia’s most easterly sky dive, so you can bet the views are incredible. The skydive will have you falling from 15,000ft and freefalling at over 200 km/hr for up to an insane 60 seconds. Afterwards, enjoy soaking up the epic views of the beach and hinterland, all the way to Brisbane, the Gold Coast and beyond!

Cost: $359 (afterpay available)

Ticket includes:

  • Skydive from 15,000ft
  • 5-7 minute float under canopy

Make the most of Byron Bay’s outdoors with Wake Up’s free inclusions

Fortunately, it’s easy to make the most of Byron Bay’s outdoors and beautiful scenery when you’re staying at Wake Up! Byron Bay. Guests are welcome to get involved in our daily lineup of free activities, including yoga classes, beachside bootcamp and fitness classes, tours to Byron Bay’s lighthouse at sunrise, and much more.

What’s more, you can also take advantage of our affordable bike hire, and complimentary surfboard hire!

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