The best day trips and group activities in Byron Bay
Without a doubt, Byron Bay is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia attracting travellers from all over with its natural beauty and all-out paradise vibes. Travelling with a group? There’s no shortage of fun group activities in Byron Bay. Whether you’re planning a weekend away with your surf crew, workmates or simply rounding up your besties for a trip, The Bay has you covered!
Be inspired by our selection of the best group activities and day trips in Byron Bay for you and your crew.
Best group activities in Byron Bay
Julian Rocks Marine Sanctuary, sitting off the most easterly point of Australia is rated as one of the best dive sites in Australia. Experience snorkelling in this marine wildlife hotspot with a 2hr snorkel trip with local tour legends, Wild Byron on their designated dive boat. Tours start from $109pp.
Visit Byron Bay Hinterland
Keen to explore the area? Get amongst The beautiful Byron Bay Hinterland with its rolling hills, sleepy towns, waterfalls and rainforest. A great option for groups travelling together, why not book a guided tour? Explore the World Heritage-listed Nightcap National Park with a visit to Bangalow, a refreshing dip at Minyon Falls and a locally-sourced BBQ with Big Day Out Byron Bay Hinterland tour.
Kayak With Dolphins
In Byron, we’re lucky enough to share our ocean with some amazing wildlife including bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles and whales (migrating North from May to November).
A guided sea kayaking tour gives you and your group an incredible opportunity to get up close to dolphins and turtles in their natural habitat. And with recommended eco-tours in Byron, you can rest easy knowing these locally run tours value the wellbeing of these beautiful creatures.
Do a skydive
Travelling with a group of adventurers and thrill-seekers? Book in a skydive for the ultimate adrenaline-fuelled group experience. Jump out at 15,000ft with a qualified and experienced instructor and don’t forget to take in the breathtaking views on the way down! Need some convincing? Group bookings can also nab some sweet discounts with Skydive Australia.
Get Creative with an Art Class
Unleash your creative side at Art & Wine Co’s range of art classes. Slow down with a ceramics class, paint your own masterpiece or create a string mandala; all whilst enjoying a few glasses of wine Book your class in advance with options to book out the whole studio for you and your crew.
Check out the local breweries
Thoughts of golden beaches, crackin’ surf and a laid back lifestyle may spring to mind when planning a Byron holiday but it’s also home to some top-notch breweries and distilleries. Some of our faves include Stone & Wood, Wandana Brewing Co and Cape Byron Distillery.
Stone & Wood
Set in the heart of the Arts & Industry Estate, Stone & Wood’s brewery is well worth the visit for anyone who appreciates good beer. Born and raised in Byron Bay, the brewery is home to a range of unique handcrafted beers. Crack a cold one outside in the sunny beer garden or inside within the modern, clean and quirky industrial warehouse.
A tour of the brewery includes an in-depth guide to the brewing process and a tasting paddle. Tours can be booked for $35pp for groups of up to 12 people via Stone & Wood.
Wandana Brewing Co
Handcrafted brews, DJs playing sunset sessions, local food trucks serving up great grub all set within the Byron Bay Hinterland..there’s a lot to love about Wandana Brewing Co. Located in the small town of Mullumbimby in the Byron Bay Hinterland, head here for an arvo to sunset brew or two.
Cape Byron Distillery
If you’re travelling with a couple of gin-lovers, don’t miss Cape Byron Distillery; a short 15mins from Byron town.
These guys are the botanical geniuses behind locally distilled Brookie’s Gin. Their rainforest and distillery tour includes an in-depth insight into the distilling process of gin. Enjoy a botanical rainforest walk and a full guided tasting. Group tours can be booked at Cape Byron Distillery.
Learn to Surf
Want to make the most of Byron’s world-class surf? For a fun activity hit the waves and learn to surf with Soul Surf’s group surf lessons. These local legends scout out the best waves in the area on the daily, with skilled instructors catering to all levels of surfing.
Book your surf experience with the crew at The Surf House with half-day lessons from $69pp.
Keen to carry on riding the waves after your lesson? Grab a board from The Surf House with complimentary surfboard and boogie board hire for guests. Already a pro on the board? Check out our guide to Byron’s best surf beaches.
Between the months of May and November, experience the incredible yearly migration of humpback whales in Byron Bay. One of the best places in the world to observe the migration, why not round up the troops and head up to Cape Byron Lighthouse? From The Surf House in the centre of town follow the Cape Byron walking track along Lawson Street all the way up to the lighthouse.
Keen to book a cruise? Blue Bay Whale Watching, Out of the Blue adventures and Byron Bay Whale Watching are amongst some of the whale watching tours in Byron with some offering private charters for groups.
If your idea of fun involves a day out with your mates, bistro grub and a few cold ones in the sunshine, head out for a day at the bowlo. The Ultimate Aussie summer activity, barefoot bowls could be a fun, easy and cheap addition to your group vacay in Byron. Some of our local favourites include Club Byron in the heart of town and a little further afield Brunswick Heads Bowling Club. Give them a call to reserve your spot in advance.
Where to Stay
The Surf House offers a premium accommodation experience conveniently located in the heart of Byron Bay town. Our private and shared rooms cater perfectly for groups travelling together. Enjoy our spacious communal areas, our onsite rooftop bar and modern comforts including air-con, fast high-speed wifi and shared kitchen facilities.