The Northern Rivers is a region where nature sets the pace, from the imposing spire of Mount Warning surrounded by volcanic rim rainforests to the sweeping sands of coastal National Parks. Discover stunning beaches, tranquil rivers and lakes, World Heritage rainforests and dramatic volcanic areas in the Byron Bay hinterland and the surroudning Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.
When you visit Byron Bay, you will have plenty to do and see with so many beautiful attractions and fascinating helicopter tours. The area is renowned for its surfing beaches, parks and stunning coastal scenery. Here are some of our favourites.
Wollumbin Mount Warning
Wollumbin Mount Warning is a popular tourist attraction in the Northern Rivers region and is an extinct shield volcano in the Southern Hemisphere. The 1100-metre-high Wollumbin Mount Warning, which was added to the World Heritage List in 1975, provides a beautiful view of the summit from surrounding hinterland towns. The Bundjalung people, who lived in the area before European settlement, named it Wollumbin, which means “cloud catcher.”
Nimbin Rocks is a must-see for anyone who enjoys nature. The Nimbin Rocks are Rhyolite volcanic extrusions from Mount Warning, which erupted around 20 million years ago. Nimbin Rocks are an eroded dyke of the volcano located about 20 kilometres from Mount Warning and three kilometres from Nimbin Village. The Bundjalung tribe believes the rocks were once home to the Nmbngee or Clever Men.
Cape Byron Headland & Lighthouse
The Byron Headland is a natural wonder and Australia’s most easterly point. It is made up of spectacular sea cliffs, rare and beautiful coastal vegetation, spectacular beaches and a high-quality walking track system with views of both the surrounding Cape Byron Marine Park and the hinterland to the west. The reserve’s most notable feature is the Cape Byron Lighthouse and lighthouse keepers cottages, which were built in 1901. Aboriginal culture thrives at Cape Byron, which is especially important to the Bundjalung of Byron Bay (Arakwal) Aboriginal people.
Victoria Park Nature Reserve
Victoria Park Nature Reserve protects one of the last surviving remnants of the original rainforest, known as the Big Scrub, which once covered the entire region of Lismore, Byron Bay, Ballina and Mullumbimby. The Nature Reserve is home to over 170 different bird species, as well as koalas, wallabies and echidnas. It’s a gorgeous place to see and explore from the ground or the sky!
Nightcap National Park
Nightcap National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, is a stunningly beautiful park filled with ancient rainforests, magical waterways and breathtaking views. The park is home to an incredible array of fauna and flora; including the recently discovered nightcap oak as well as several threatened animal species such as Albert’s lyrebird and Fleay’s barred frog. It’s a nature lover’s paradise!
Fly Byron is committed to making your vision a reality. Fly Byron Pty Ltd was born out of a desire to cater for the truly unique experiences our region has to offer, as well as to provide an on-demand door-to-door service connecting you and your loved ones to Northern NSW and South East QLD. Contact us directly to find out more about our helicopter rides to fully explore the Byron Shire and surrounding areas.