• Karen Kinnersly

Wild Thing

Reconnect with the world around you through these nature-based activities and tours.

Looking to connect with nature and explore Byron’s abundant beauty? Whether it’s on the water, on land or on a horse, we’ve got an option for you. So, grab your hat (and hang onto it) as we explore the best back-to-nature activities and tours in the region.

Balance mind & body

Pure Aloha Yoga offers guided yoga classes outdoors — with a difference. Ready to try yoga whilst on a stand-up paddleboard? You’re in for a soul-soothing experience!

Once you’ve mastered the basic SUP paddling techniques and floated your way to a secluded spot with your instructor, it’s time to drop anchor (so you don’t float away during class!) for a guided meditation, followed by gentle but challenging Asana poses. Once you get the hang of things, you can get more adventurous with headstands or join with a partner to hold some poses together.

Don’t worry if you wobble off your SUP and fall in! You’ll be in water deep enough to both land easily and then stand up on the sandy bottom.

Classes are held on the pristine shallows and beautiful surrounds of the Terranora Inlet in Tweed Heads.


Horsing around

With a stable of horses perfect for all levels of experience, Zephyr Horses’ Forest to Beach rides take you through tea tree forest and over the dunes for a spectacular ride along the beach, with views across Byron Bay to the lighthouse.

Be the first to watch the sun come up (while on horseback) on the sunrise tour. And you can do it all at sunset too, enjoying stunning views of the hinterland.

Zephyr Horses also offer Forest Trail tours where their expert guides will help you explore the unique fauna and flora of Tyagarah Nature Reserve — and you can relax and ease into the ride as your horse knows more about these trails than you do!

Zephyr also run slow-paced riding tours of The Farm in Ewingsdale, with a behind the scenes look at their sustainable farm operation.

If you’ve got little ones who aren’t yet up to a trail ride, grab a 10-minute pony ride on Saturday mornings. There’s no need to book; just show up (keep an eye on Instagram for dates). zephyrhorses.com

Sacred ground

The Guided Aboriginal Tours by Explore Byron Bay is a precious opportunity to connect with country. Run by Delta Kay, an elder of the Arakwal Bundjalung people, there are three tours to choose from, including walking tours among the beautiful surrounds at The Pass in Byron Bay, one in Bangalow along the stunning Byron Creek, or at Broken Head Nature Reserve.

Delta explores Indigenous life both pre-and post-colonisation and provides valuable insights into how Arakwal people care for and preserve the land.

Here’s your chance to learn the Bundjalung language names of local plants and find out which ones make great bush tucker or natural medicine. Every tour includes a generous spread of delicious bush tucker foods to taste, as well.

Explore Byron Bay offers free pick up and drop off within six kilometres of central Byron Bay. explorebyronbay.com

Cruise control

If cruising along pristine waterways sounds like an idyllic way to get back into nature, then these eco-tours on the Brunswick River are just your thing.

Byron Bay Cruises’ tours leave from the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour, and once underway, the crew will deliver expert commentary about the changing history of the river and the native plants and animals you’ll be gliding past.

It’s not unusual to see an enormous sea eagle swooping down with a splash and rising again with the flashing silver of a fish in its claws. Or a vibrant blue kingfisher, tiny but iridescent, flitting along the riverbank as you cruise by.

The option of a kayak or SUP tour will provide an up-close view of wildlife and the marine ecosystem if you want even more river time. byronbaycruises.com.au

Down to earth

Ella’s Farm is the perfect place to get your hands dirty and explore permaculture principles of sustainable living.

From a beautiful vantage point in Bilambil Heights (an hour’s drive from Byron Bay), join the team at Ella’s Farm on a Saturday afternoon for a 2-hour tour of the farm, with instruction on planting and harvesting using permaculture principles.

Or, maybe join a Botanical Workshop, a true plant-to-plate experience. Ella features a different plant each month, delving into its history and how it can be used for food and good health. And take home a ‘shrub cocktail’ to share with family and friends. Cheers!


Safari adventures

Vision Walks and Eco Tours offer a vast range of activities, from waterfall walks to multi-day bird watching tours. They even run nighttime adventures with special goggles so you can see nocturnal wildlife in the dark.

Our pick is their Byron Bay Wildlife Safari. Travelling in their luxury eight-seater off-road vehicle, the tour takes you through eucalyptus, rainforest and grasslands to spot koalas, kangaroo, flying fox colonies, and if conditions are right, shy pademelon, echidna and skittery water dragons.

Tours start in Byron Bay and, by the time you return, you’ll feel like you’ve been in a whole different world. visionwalks.com.au


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