19. Watch Dolphins and Whales
One of the best ways to see Byron Bay’s wild dolphin population is from a kayak and there are two companies that will take you on a guided tour to see them – Go Sea Kayak and Cape Byron Kayaks. Both companies offer a Dolphin Guarantee. If you don’t see a dolphin, your next kayak tour is free.
Go Sea Kayak will also teach you a little about the Aboriginal culture during your tour. Cape Byron Kayaks provide morning or afternoon tea which includes, wait for it… Tim Tams! Yum yum.
20. Join a Food Tour
Byron Bay sits between the bountiful ocean and the nutrient rich soils of the hinterland. Delicious local produce abounds and there is no better way to explore this cornucopia than with a knowledgeable guide on a food tour.
Nourish Foods Safari showcases the regional cuisine by touring the eateries of Byron Bay. If you have dietary requirement, phone ahead so they can arrange substitutions.
Taste Byron Bay tours Byron and the Hinterland in a fun red Kombi van. There are two tours. One visits local farmer’s markets, farms and eateries, the other incorporates some antique shopping, oysters, beer and bubbles into the tour.
21. Take a Cooking Class
Bangalow Cooking School – just 12 minutes drive from Byron Bay, this has a broad range of cooking classes; Italian, Thai, Indian, Yum cha, Middle-Eastern, Gluten-free, desserts, and more. They can cater to dietary needs.
Taste Byron Bay – runs two cooking classes. The pasta masterclass has a vegetarian option.
Gowings Food Health Wealth – taught by a nutritionist who is passionate about teaching people the medicinal qualities of food. Classes start from $165.
22. Learn to be a Trapeze Artist
Master the knee-hang, the back flip (into a safety net, of course), and finally the catch! You start on a low practice bar and progress in the safety of a harness building up to the big 10 metre high swing. Besides the trapeze arts, Byron Circus Arts also offers classes in juggling, rock climbing, and more.
23. Do an Art Class
At Byron Bay Art Studio you’ll walk away with your very own masterpiece after 3 hours of tutelage. All materials are included. COST: $50
Still at the Centre offers art classes and mini workshops in a broad range of mediums.
24. Watch Fire Dancers on the beach
Fire dancers often meet on the beach at night to twirl their fire sticks and poi. Wander down for a free show. It’s a spectacle and you’ll find yourself wanting to give it a go yourself. I advise starting with glow poi and you can buy them at Oceans of Rhythm. Ask them about fire twirling lessons. At the time of writing no-one seemed to be giving them in Byron Bay.
25. Go Gliding
After climbing high above the countryside, the engine is turned off and you soar silently like an eagle over the spectacular coastline and extinct volcanic mountains of the NSW Northern Rivers. You sit beside your pilot so you have an unimpeded panoramic view of it all.
COST: from $240
26. Try Hang Gliding
COST: From $145
27. Beach Horse Riding
There’s nothing as exhilarating as cantering along the beach on horseback. Two horse ranches can take you and they cater to all experience levels. Pegasus Park is in Bangalow, just 15 minutes drive outside Byron Bay. They can pick you up and offer beach rides, rainforest rides and lessons.
COST: From $80