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Hinterland Magic & Glow-worm Experience
Be amazed by the Glow-worm magic as you listen to live sacred instruments. Head to the hinterland to visit the outstanding Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area (UNESCO). Be awestruck by epic lookouts and pristine waterfalls. Turn your visit into an "out of the box" adventure that will make you feel good from start to end. Be pleased with an organic vegetarian/vegan dinner in nature. Explore, not only the fabulous nature of the Rainbow Region but also leave with a greater understanding and appreciation of our community and environment. Head back to Byron rejuvenated after an experience filled with conscious talks, inspirational ideas, and live sacred instruments sessions in between. * The itinerary is subject to change depending on the season, park closures, weather conditions, and moon phase. The itinerary always includes a waterfall, a lookout, and glowworms.
Let's Go Surfing: Byron Bay!
Want to learn to surf on Main Beach Byron Bay?! We are one of the few surf school providers who run lessons right in Byron Bay. We surf in really small groups, max of 6 participants so you will have loads of hands on help from our professional instructors. Our 2-hour lesson (3-hour experience) will offer a truly authentic surfing experience that covers all the basics from warm-up to paddling, catching waves and standing! The lesson price includes all equipment; board, wetsuit, rash vest, sunscreen and zinc. Do what the locals do and join our friendly surf instructors for some fun in the waves.
Behind the Bay - Explore like a local
Join us for a unique journey exploring the hidden, untouched gems surrounding Byron Bay. Enjoy an authentic, local experience and discover magical places you never would have known existed. Your day will begin with us picking you up from your accomodation in town. We journey through the hinterlands to the rushing waters of Killen falls, where you can swim amongst the turtles whilst surrounded by magical caves and trees. We then explore the epic Lennox Head coastline with uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean, impressive cliffs, beaches, grassy hills, and lakes - all in the one place. Following this, take a rejuvenating swim in the sacred ti tree lake, Lake Ainsworth. Boosting immunity, blood circulation, relieving aches and pains and leaving your skin soft and silky. Here we also stop for a delicious lunch on the stunning seven mile beach. After lunch we explore the winding paths of the stunning Broken Head Nature Reserve to the Three Sisters Lookout. With miles of pristine coastline and a forest walk that leaves you on, arguably, Byron's most stunning and secluded beach. The day is topped off with a 360-degree view of the iconic Byron Bay and its surrounds. Gain insight into the history of sacred locations and those who wish to protect them. Leave with a greater understanding and appreciation for what the region has to offer, and make friends along the way!
Afternoon Brewery and distillery session
Don’t have all day? Spend the morning at the beach and join us for our Afternoon session. Behind the Barrel was created to bring people together to enjoy a day of craft beer and spirits in the Byron area while receiving insights on the processes Kicking things off at 2pm we make the afternoon by visiting 2 local breweries and a distillery. The tour includes transportation so you can drink safely and comfortably without worrying about how you will get home. All tastings at each brewery and distillery are included so you won’t get thirsty ;p. Feel free to grab an extra cocktail or beer while we are there. There’s no rush! This little slice of paradise is the perfect place for beer culture to thrive. Not only does it attract hundreds of thousands of travellers, many of whom are international, but the land itself provides the perfect backdrop to enjoy a crisp beer, whether it’s at the beach or exploring the hinterland. ****** If you aren’t a beer drinker there are plenty of other options at the breweries. If you’d prefer cider, seltzer or wine you can substitute. Other things to note You must be over 18 to travel. If you would like to go on a mid week tour please let us know and we can make this happen for groups Pick up from local Byron bay accommodation. Please let us know if you are just outside of town as we may be able to help
Best surf school in Coolangatta
We meet at our surfing trailer at Rainbow bay beach,we offer wetsuits and rash vests,and our clients put their belongings in the back of our trailer where its all locked up safely .Our learn to surf introduction is 10 to 15 minutes long,the lesson is 2 hours in duration.Once we have people surfing[we push our clients into the waves first, to practice the two different stand up techniques]We then teach them to catch waves by themselves. Other things to note We have three group lessons daily,some lessons are of better quality regarding the tides,we operate on Q.L.D time.9AM,11AM and2PM.We also provide board hire .

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True Byron Bay Surfing Experience
You’ll have the surfing experience of a lifetime in the #1 place in Australia to learn-to-surf! Meet the Byron Bay Surf School staff at a Carpark in Town in Byron Bay where the waves are best for lessons. We will fit you out with a wetsuit and suitable sized surfboard. We are one of the only surf schools licensed to teach surf lessons in Byron Bay. Our fully-qualified instructors first take you through stretches on the sand and step you through our special 'pop-up technique' in a small and personal group of 8 people maximum. Then it's time to grab your board and go surfing! Our instructors stay with you in the water, guiding you on to perfect peeling waves and helping you stand up and ride the waves of your dreams, all the way to shore. You will not know you could smile so much or be more exhilarated than when you ride your first waves. We offer the most water/actual surfing time (approx 2hrs), 3hr experience. Other things to note Guests must book their surfing lesson prior to arrival, and arrange their own transportation to/from the Byron Bay Surf School.
Enjoy the fun of surfing
Quality surfing instruction,Former pro surfer instructing.We meet at our surf truck,put a wetsuit on and conduct our 10 minute introduction.Our lessons are fun and safe,the guests can hire a board to. Other things to note Guests only need to bring towels,we supply wetsuits,rash vests and the soft safe surfboards.Any belongings the guests have can be locked up safely.There is a public toilet and showers nearby.
Hinterland Magic & Glow-worm Experience
Be amazed by the Glow-worm magic as you listen to live sacred instruments. Head to the hinterland to visit the outstanding Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area (UNESCO). Be awestruck by epic lookouts and pristine waterfalls. Turn your visit into an "out of the box" adventure that will make you feel good from start to end. Be pleased with an organic vegetarian/vegan dinner in nature. Explore, not only the fabulous nature of the Rainbow Region but also leave with a greater understanding and appreciation of our community and environment. Head back to Byron rejuvenated after an experience filled with conscious talks, inspirational ideas, and live sacred instruments sessions in between. * The itinerary is subject to change depending on the season, park closures, weather conditions, and moon phase. The itinerary always includes a waterfall, a lookout, and glowworms.
Let's Go Surfing: Byron Bay!
Want to learn to surf on Main Beach Byron Bay?! We are one of the few surf school providers who run lessons right in Byron Bay. We surf in really small groups, max of 6 participants so you will have loads of hands on help from our professional instructors. Our 2-hour lesson (3-hour experience) will offer a truly authentic surfing experience that covers all the basics from warm-up to paddling, catching waves and standing! The lesson price includes all equipment; board, wetsuit, rash vest, sunscreen and zinc. Do what the locals do and join our friendly surf instructors for some fun in the waves.
Behind the Bay - Explore like a local
Join us for a unique journey exploring the hidden, untouched gems surrounding Byron Bay. Enjoy an authentic, local experience and discover magical places you never would have known existed. Your day will begin with us picking you up from your accomodation in town. We journey through the hinterlands to the rushing waters of Killen falls, where you can swim amongst the turtles whilst surrounded by magical caves and trees. We then explore the epic Lennox Head coastline with uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean, impressive cliffs, beaches, grassy hills, and lakes - all in the one place. Following this, take a rejuvenating swim in the sacred ti tree lake, Lake Ainsworth. Boosting immunity, blood circulation, relieving aches and pains and leaving your skin soft and silky. Here we also stop for a delicious lunch on the stunning seven mile beach. After lunch we explore the winding paths of the stunning Broken Head Nature Reserve to the Three Sisters Lookout. With miles of pristine coastline and a forest walk that leaves you on, arguably, Byron's most stunning and secluded beach. The day is topped off with a 360-degree view of the iconic Byron Bay and its surrounds. Gain insight into the history of sacred locations and those who wish to protect them. Leave with a greater understanding and appreciation for what the region has to offer, and make friends along the way!
Afternoon Brewery and distillery session
Don’t have all day? Spend the morning at the beach and join us for our Afternoon session. Behind the Barrel was created to bring people together to enjoy a day of craft beer and spirits in the Byron area while receiving insights on the processes Kicking things off at 2pm we make the afternoon by visiting 2 local breweries and a distillery. The tour includes transportation so you can drink safely and comfortably without worrying about how you will get home. All tastings at each brewery and distillery are included so you won’t get thirsty ;p. Feel free to grab an extra cocktail or beer while we are there. There’s no rush! This little slice of paradise is the perfect place for beer culture to thrive. Not only does it attract hundreds of thousands of travellers, many of whom are international, but the land itself provides the perfect backdrop to enjoy a crisp beer, whether it’s at the beach or exploring the hinterland. ****** If you aren’t a beer drinker there are plenty of other options at the breweries. If you’d prefer cider, seltzer or wine you can substitute. Other things to note You must be over 18 to travel. If you would like to go on a mid week tour please let us know and we can make this happen for groups Pick up from local Byron bay accommodation. Please let us know if you are just outside of town as we may be able to help
Best surf school in Coolangatta
We meet at our surfing trailer at Rainbow bay beach,we offer wetsuits and rash vests,and our clients put their belongings in the back of our trailer where its all locked up safely .Our learn to surf introduction is 10 to 15 minutes long,the lesson is 2 hours in duration.Once we have people surfing[we push our clients into the waves first, to practice the two different stand up techniques]We then teach them to catch waves by themselves. Other things to note We have three group lessons daily,some lessons are of better quality regarding the tides,we operate on Q.L.D time.9AM,11AM and2PM.We also provide board hire .
Byron Bay Style Surf Lesson
Style Surfing School: Clarkes Beach in Byron Bay is where we surf on the day. This beach is what makes Byron Bay famous for surfing lessons. Always the longest rides and safest conditions for you. We meet at the Clarkes Beach Carpark where we will set you up with the gear you need to hit the waves. We get on the beach for the instruction and safety session. We then hit the surf and get you surfing whilst we help you 100% of the time in the waves. I have been surfing in Byron Bay and the North Coast my whole life and I always have my lessons in at Clarkes Beach. I never drive away from Byron Bay to search for the best waves as the best waves for surfing lessons are here in Byron Bay. I have owned and operated this surf school since 1999. I will be your instructor on the day in The Bay. All you need to bring is Swimmers, Towel and Water Bottle. Happy Days and Catch you in the waves. Gaz
Art & Wine Co Adults Paint & Wine Class
ART & WINE CO is a sensory experience of creative arts by the sea. we host Adults Painting and Creative Arts Classes, Music & BYO Wine. Exploration of painting and art as you sip your favourite VINO and enjoy the sunset over Byron Bay. Leave with your own creative masterpiece. ADULTS ART AFTER DARK, BYO WINE & BEVERAGES 6pm- Upon arrival you will be greeted by your Art Conductor Invited to enjoy a class of your own wine on the deck 6.15pm Select your canvas and put on your painting apron along with your favourite vinyl record or music 6.30pm Painting Class beginnings During the evening explore painting in Virtual Reality and or transform your canvas into a digital art piece through Lightform AR 9pm Finish your masterpiece and enjoy a glass of wine on the deck taking in the Byron Nightlife Vibe.
Sunset Rainforest River Cruise
Both The Morning Cruise & Sunset Cruise require a minimum of 8 people to run the cruise. Children are welcome on both cruises. Every sunset on the river is special. Feel the breeze cooling you on a summer afternoon as you watch the birds return to roost for the night. The rainforest and river scenery is beautiful at this time of day. If you are looking for a unique local experience and fantastic bird watching in Byron Bay this is the cruise for you. You may even see one or two of the beautiful kingfisher species or majestic eagles that call the Brunswick River home. Enjoy tasty tapas platters with a selection of seasonal produce (with vegetarian/vegan, GF/DF options) as you relax and let the cares of the day float away. The licensed bar is open to purchase local Brookie's Gin spritzes, beer including local Stone &Wood Pacific Ale, wine and bubbly. Return to harbour as the sun slowly sinks behind Mt Chincogan and see the lovely reflections in the river. If you are looking for a Sunset Cruise in Byron Bay this is the one to do. We also offer a Morning Cruise doing the same cruise and serving our delicious morning tea. Other things to note Children under 4 are classed as infants Guests must be able to climb up to 4 steps to board the boat. Crew can assist if you need help boarding. We do not have wheel chair access unfortunately.
Surf with Mark Occhilupo!
Are you ready for the surf sesh of a lifetime? Meet me at the Iconic Kirra Surf Store, Kirra QLD, grab your board, and we'll choose the best surf spot for the day and your experience level. (Kirra, Snapper, Rainbow Bay, Dbah) These are the spots I grew up surfing and competing, so I'll introduce you to some friends and we'll share waves and surf knowledge for the day! Don't worry about your level of surf experience. If you're just learning, I can teach you how. And if you're an intermediate or expert, I'll get you to the next level. We'll always start with the basics and make sure you're building on solid fundamentals. Let's get you some fun waves! **If you are buying this experience as a gift, message us first so that you can book it properly and we get the surfer's information. * for an extra $200AUD have you entire experience with me filmed and sent to you. Note: this must be paid in cash on the day of your session and 7 days advanced notice is required. Other things to note If you do not have surfboards, guests can hire equipment at the meeting location. **If you are buying this experience as a gift, message us first so that you can book it properly with surfer's info.
Beach Portraits Photo Session
I will meet you at beautiful Wategos Beach, one of the most famous beaches in Australia, we will then take a walk find the perfect the location to take your photos. Usually I take photos early in the morning or at sunset. Why? Because light is beautiful and soft, the sky looks like a painting! I will share my pro tips and natural poses . Don't worry if it's your first time in front of a camera, I will guide you with the aim to capture authentic emotional images. Once our photo session is complete we’ll go to one of the lovely cafes in town or straight to our local coffee legend "Michael the Coffee Man" who own a little cosy coffee cart close to the beach while we grab a drink you can select your favourite pictures for an instant preview to share straight away. Within the next 24 hours I send a link to the full gallery where you can select your final images, I will then masterfully edit them and send you a link to your online gallery ready to download, high quality. You'll get to take home 15-20 personalized pictures, a unique souvenir of your time in Byron Bay. Other things to note If there are meteorological problems during the chosen day I am happy to be flexible, find another date and make it work!
Forest bathing and nature connection experience
Forest bathing is a mindful way to connect with nature, support your health and wellbeing, and wash away the stresses of the world — no water necessary! Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, it is simple and powerful . It involves slowing down, and immersing yourself in the atmosphere of nature in a conscious and contemplative way. Your guide Monique, who is fully certified with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, will begin with a short meditation to wake up your senses and help you tune into what you can see, hear, feel, taste and smell. She will then offer you a series of carefully crafted sensory 'invitations' to help you explore and engage with the space. In between each invitation, you will be given an opportunity to share what you are noticing. This practice supports your physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing. It can help you unwind and recharge, renew a childlike sense of wonder about the world, make you more grounded and present, and deepen your relationship with yourself and those around you. Dates and times don't suit? Get in touch and we'll make something work for you!
Bespoke half-day Yoga retreat
A unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the full offering of Yoga from Asana (postures) to the divine practice of Yoga Nidra. Support your tummy with a yumy yogi snack & Nourishing Lunch with natural locally sourced ingredients to suit your healing needs Other things to note All equipment provided, but please feel free to bring your own mat if you have one. Health Fund rebates may apply. Please let me know if you have particular dietary requirements (I am coeliac so theres definately no gluten.
Learn how to draw with an artist
You'll learn to draw, and train your eyes to work like a camera. I will show you ways to get great results. Drawing is like a language. Sometimes when we can't find the words, we find a pen and paper to get our messages across. The more we can master our attention to detail, the more experiences we have. Don't worry about your skill level or lack of it. Most people stopped progressing as drawers when they stopped drawing as kids. Join me and discover why practice makes perfect. Other things to note Please park in the driveway or off the road. Bring various pencils. No matter what your drawing skills are like, you will learn to master drawing one step at a time.