Unique Eco-Friendly Family Fun Trips Northern Rivers of NSW

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Here in the Northern Rivers of NSW, we’re lucky to have some of the most magical coastline in Australia, backed by unique rainforest hinterland. It is the perfect place for adventuring for all ages – whether you feel like getting close to the wildlife or taking a stroll through ancient forests, here are some of the best local adventures, with the smallest ecological footprint?

Stretch Your Legs in the Byron Shire

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Spot some dolphins, whales or turtles from the Byron Lighthouse Walk.  Try the Coastal Recreational Walk to scenic Pat Morton lookout (Lennox Head). Or head inland to the shady remnants of the big scrub rainforest – there’s an easy amble on the boardwalk at Victoria Park (pram-friendly). For a longer hike check out the incredible view from the Pinnacle in Border Ranges National Park. 

Let The Good Times Roll in the Northern rivers

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For something a little different, and carbon-neutral, you could try exploring the rainforest on an electric bike – ride to the volcanic rock pools & small waterfalls of Mount Jerusalem National Park on a guided electric bike tour.  You can also make your own trails around Byron Bay or Brunswick Heads by hiring a solar-charged electric bike

Float Away in Brunswick Heads

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Explore the coastline by boat, spotting the local bottlenose dolphins, visiting humpback whales or culturally significant Nthungulli (Julian Rocks), while being taught about the wildlife and local ecology by a marine biologist. You could also paddle a kayak around Cape Byron or up the Brunswick River, over stingrays and schools of fish.  

Chase Some Waterfalls at Minyon Falls

If you’ve had enough of saltwater swims, take a dip in a waterfall – a short walk takes you to Killen Falls (check out the caves behind the waterfall) or for a more challenging hike, the spectacular Minyon Falls in Nightcap National Park never disappoints. 

Meet The Turtle-y Friendly Locals

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Take a tour of the local turtle and seabird rescue centre (Ballina) – meet a rehabilitating sea turtle and learn about the best way to rescue pelicans. You could also glimpse some rescue koalas & hear from volunteer carers in Lismore. 

Guest written by Alice Forest

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