Julian Rocks Nguthungulli Nature Reserve

Julian Rocks Nguthungulli Nature Reserve: Our most recommended tours and activities

Byron Bay: Sea Turtle Snorkel Tour in Julian Rocks Reserve

1. Byron Bay: Sea Turtle Snorkel Tour in Julian Rocks Reserve

Head out to sea on a fun snorkel tour around the unique Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, as it combines the marine life found in the deep Southern Ocean as well as that found in the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Arrive at the Byron Bay Dive Centre either at your scheduled departure time or, if you’d like a free snorkel lesson, arrive 30 minutes before departure to practice in the heated pool. All tour participants must be able to swim to participate in this tour. Receive a short safety briefing before heading out to the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. Journey to The Pass, about a 10-minute ride, and learn about this snorkeling spot. Get in the water for a 1-hour swim. Spot underwater creatures such as small wobbegong sharks, hard and soft corals, an assortment of rays, and three different kinds of sea turtles. Look for more than 400 different species of fish that make this area their home, and ask any questions you may have to the qualified dive staff. Head back to shore for a hot shower and some time spent with the crew identifying the creatures you saw.

Brunswick Heads: Snorkeling Tour to Julian Rocks & Byron Bay

2. Brunswick Heads: Snorkeling Tour to Julian Rocks & Byron Bay

Join a marine biologist guide on a cruise from Brunswick Heads to Julian Rocks Nature Reserve for a snorkeling adventure with all gear included. Sail along the coast of Byron Bay and explore over 1000 marine species including sea turtles, humpback whales, sharks, dolphins, corals, and more. Start from Brunswick Heads Marina, soaking in the sights of the Byron coastline onboard a comfortable boat. Encounter local dolphins and other marine life on the way to Julian Rocks. Next, discover the rocky outcrop of Julian Rocks Nature Reserve, traditionally known as “Nguthungulli”, one of Australia’s top dive sites. Snorkel in its safe and shallow waters and observe an endless list of marine life. From friendly wobbegongs to manta rays, hundreds of colorful fish species, leopard sharks, grey nurse sharks, dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and more – take it all in during a guided snorkel tour.

Byron Bay: Certified Dive Tour

3. Byron Bay: Certified Dive Tour

Take part in a certified dive at one of Australia’s top 10 dive sites, Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. Whether you are an experienced diver or newly certified, you can tailor your dive to suit your needs. See the diversity of marine life, ranging from leopard sharks and manta rays in summer months to grey nurse sharks in the winter. Before reaching Julian Rocks, one of Australia’s most spectacular dive sites you will receive a safety briefing from the skipper of the vessel. You'll be provided with a snorkel, mask, fins, wet suit, BCD, regulator, cylinder, and weight belt by one of the friendly crew and instructed where to leave your bags, valuable items, and personal belongings. The crew will set up the equipment and you will be required to check this prior to departure. Transport will be provided to The Pass, where the boats are launched to take you on a very short 5-10 minute boat ride out to the scuba diving destination. Keep an eye out for dolphins and whales on the boat ride. Once you reach Julian Rocks, the skipper will brief all dive guides on the area you will be diving. The crew will assist you into your equipment and you will perform a buddy check before entering the water. Then enjoy up to 50-minutes in the water scuba diving with three different species of sea turtle, an assortment of rays including mantas, hard and soft corals, friendly wobbegong sharks and over 400 different species of fish. Return to the dive shop there are hot showers and the dive crew will help you fill out your logbooks and identify some of the creatures you saw.

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What people are saying about Julian Rocks Nguthungulli Nature Reserve

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 19 reviews

If you like snorkelling... this location “Julian Rocks” is a MUST DO! We saw 4 sea turtlea and so many Leppard sharks and massive sting rays. Quite incredible!!! The only downside of this experience is that it is often cancelled due to weather conditions. Ours was cancelled the first time just 15 min prior to departure and almost again the second time at time of departure. It’s no ones fault (it’s the weather!) so just be prepared to be flexible. We had no trouble rebooking for a few days later and they offer full refunds.

Unfortunately the visibility wasnt great when we got there, but we were still super lucky to see lots of turtles and other cool fish. It is just one stop though for an hour & nothing else included, quite expensive compared to other snorkel trips I've done. Friendly, knowledgable staff.

Awesome experience! Went on a great day, learnt to snorkel and swam with sharks, turtles, manta rays. Amazing guides to show you around too!

We were welcomed by friendly and knowledgeable staff. Our guide made sure we got the most out of our experience would definitely go again.

Really enjoyed this trip. Staff were great and got to see Turtles, Lionfish, Wobbegong and lots of tropical fish. Would do it again!