Once seen only as a beach holiday destination, Byron Bay’s hinterland is increasingly becoming just as popular as its beautiful beaches. With World Heritage listed national parks, rainforest, waterholes, small country towns, award-winning restaurants, diverse wildlife and some of Australia’s best hiking, Byron’s hinterland ticks all the boxes. Learn more about our not-to-be-missed Byron hinterland tours:
Big Day Out Byron Hinterland
Our Big Day Out Byron Hinterland tour is an unforgettable day of wilderness, sweeping views, postcard-perfect waterfalls and ancient rock pools. This signature tour gives adventurous travellers an intimate look at the iconic Minyon Falls and World Heritage listed Nightcap National Park.
Starting at the top of Minyon Falls, you leave the world as you know it and enter a world of ancient Bangalow Palm groves and subtropical rainforest. The loop trial threads its way through this insanely beautiful landscape to the base of the falls; and while any vantage point of Minyon Falls is stunning, none is more rewarding than from the bottom. Watch Minyon Falls sheer tower of water in all its heart-thumping glory, while taking a swim in the big, clear rock pool or lying back on the gigantic prehistoric rocks.
Then make your way back up to the top of the falls where you’ll see kookaburras, bowerbirds, possums, bandicoots and maybe a carpet python (or two). Once at the top, refuel with a BBQ lunch before arriving at the hinterland town of Bangalow. This beautiful and historic village is perfect for sitting back with a latte or hitting the streets for some of the best shopping in the Byron area.
Mount Warning Sunrise and Day Walk
Next up, is our awe-inspiring Mount Warning tours.
At 1156m high, Mount Warning looms above the region and is home to a wide range of Australian native animals from wombats and platypus to koalas and goannas. The trail itself is well constructed (which makes the walk suitable for kids); however you may find the weather constantly changing. The indigenous nickname for Mount Warning is the ‘the cloud catcher’ – one minute you might find yourself walking over dry rocky outcrops while the next, gentle rainforest mist.
The Mount Warning Sunrise Walk has you up and starting before dawn. This four hour hike takes you to the summit of the highest mountain in the region to watch the sunrise over the Pacific Ocean and Cape Byron. By dawn you’ll literally be on the rooftop of the East Coast of Australia, with the most dramatic 360 degree views. On this tour you also won’t have to worry about taking any camping equipment or even food. We’ll provide everything you need. You can either choose to sleep in a tent under the stars or in a cosy cabin.
The day walk offers the same exhilarating experience, but without the overnight camping and you’ll be up and back all in a day. The great thing about both these summit walks is they offer up hard-won rewards – from the thrill of making it to the top to a deeper connection with nature to the sheer joy of being alive! It’s pure magic.
Named by National Geographic as one of the ’10 Best Mountain Climbs in Australia’, it is an adventure of a lifetime!
Byron Hinterland Mix & Match Tours:
Do it your way! Love to include one of the above Byron hinterland experiences with kayaking, mountain biking or learning to surf? Then we have you covered with our combined tour options:
THE OVERNIGHT ESCAPE – An overnight tour exploring the best of Byron and the magnificent Byron Hinterland.
EARTH TO SURF ADVENTURE TOUR – A full day Byron tour featuring the spectacular Minyon Falls and kayaking with dolphins.
OCEAN TO SUMMIT ADVENTURE TOUR – An overnight tour featuring kayaking with dolphins and a Mount Warning climb at dawn.
BIKE N’ HIKE ADVENTURE TOUR – An overnight tour featuring mountain biking and a Mount Warning climb at dawn.
BYRON & BEYOND TOUR – A full day tour including the ‘best of the best’ of Byron Bay and the surrounding hinterland.
WAVES TO WATERFALLS ADVENTURE TOUR – A full day tour including the best of Byron Bay’s surfing action and the surrounding hinterland.
BYRON 360 & BEYOND TOUR – A full day tour including the best of Byron and beyond, from the air and by foot!