Beaches, whalewatching, diving, snorkeling, walking and cycling in Byron Bay, Australia

Beaches, whalewatching, diving, snorkeling, walking and cycling in Byron Bay, Australia

Beaches
- Swimming. Byron Main Beach is patrolled all summer, with other beaches patrolled during the Chistmas School Holidays, including Wategoes. In winter, it can be a bit chilly to consider swimming at Byron with daytime temperatures on average only reaching around 20C.

- Sunbake. Topless sunbathing is common and accepted in Byron.

A clothing optional beach is situated north of the Byron Beach Club at Tyagarah. Access via Grays Lane and a walking track from the Pacific Highway.

Whalewatching
Byron bay whale watching (http://www.byronbaywhalewatching.com.au)

Diving and snorkeling
Byron Bay has some of New South Wales's best scuba diving. Most diving is at Julian Rocks, only five minutes off shore. The depths around Julian Rocks are 5-25 meters, and it's suitable for snorkeling. You can dive with the following operators:

- Byron Bay Dive Centre, Byron Bay Dive Centre runs diving and snorkeling trips to Julian Rocks. Certification is available through PADI, SSI and NAUI. Non-certified dives are available after taking a short SSI Passport Diver course.
9 Marvel Street, Tel: +61-2-6685-8333 or 1800 243 483 (within Australia) (info@byronbaydivecentre.com.au, fax: +61-2-6685-5750 http://www.byronbaydivecentre.com.au).

- Sundive, Weekday trips depart 10am and 1:15pm, weekend trips depart 8:30am, 11am and 2pm. Sundive has multiple daily trips to Julian Rocks, and offers PADI dive certification. $45 per dive without gear hire or if snorkeling, $50 for the first dive if tank and weights are required, $80 for the first dive if all gear is required and $70 for subsequent dives with all gear hired. Introductory dives for untrained divers are $150, and Open Water certification costs $350.
8 Middleton Street, Tel: +61-2-6685-7755 or 1800 008 755 (within Australia) (dive@sundive.com.au, fax: +61-2-6685-8361 http://www.sundive.com.au).

Walking and Cycling
- Mt Warning Summit Track. The summit of Mt Warning sees the first light to hit the mainland of Australia. It takes around 2-3 hours to walk to the top. It is possible to start the climb in order to reach the top for first light. You will need torches, water etc. It is not recommended by the National Parks people to walk the track in the dark. Steep, with LOTS of steps.

- Byron Bay Cycleway. There is a cycleway along the beach at Byron. Bicycle hire is available.

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