Byron Bay Wetlands

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The Byron Bay Wetlands are at Wallum Place in Byron Bay, within the traditional country of the Bundjalung (Arakwal) people of Byron Bay.

The wetlands are a great place to watch more than 227 species of waterbirds and shorebirds.

The wetlands form part of the 100 ha Byron Bay Integrated Water Management Reserve. An award-winning example of how good resource management can minimise the impact of the sewage treatment plant on the surrounding ecosystems. 

When visiting, bring sunscreen and a hat. A pair of binoculars and a good field guide of Australian birds will enhance your visit.

Find out how to apply for a bird watching tag to visit the Byron Bay Wetlands. 

Visiting the Byron Bay Wetlands

Apply online for a bird watching access permit, or tag, before you visit the Byron Bay Wetlands.

Renew your permit

Use the online form to renew your Permit and pay your renewal fee.

Cost $20. 

Renew your bird watching permit online

Once you have submitted your form and payment, we will reinstate your bird watching tag.

Renewed tags will be valid for two years.

Apply for a New Permit

Use the online form to apply and pay for a New Access Permit for the Byron Bay Wetlands. 

Cost $50

Apply for a NEW bird watching permit online

Once we have received your payment, we will post to the address provided in the form.

The tag is valid for two years. After this you will need to pay a renewal fee to extend access. 

Apply for a Visitor Permit

Apply for a Visitor Access Permit using the online form.

Visitor permits are only issued to residents outside of the Richmond Tweed Library catchment.

Apply for a Visitor Access Permit online

Once you have submitted your application, please call to arrange collection of your bird watching tag from the Council depot.

  • Phone: 02 6685 9300
  • Address: Byron Council Depot, 10 Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay.
  • Time: Monday to Friday, between 8.30am and 4.00pm.

There is a charge of $50 if the tag is not returned. 

Group Booking Application

Use the online form to make an educational excursion or group booking for the Byron Bay Wetlands.

If you would like to use our Interpretive Centre for your group booking you can select this option in the form.

  • Cost to hire is $100. Payment is taken through the form.
  • It can be booked between the hours of 8am to 5pm.
  • Our Interpretive Centre is air-conditioned and will accommodate up to 30 people.
  • Chairs, tables, whiteboard and a small kitchenette are available for use.

Apply to make a group booking online

We will contact you to confirm the booking and provide access information.

Please read the information about site safety before you submit your form.

If a gate tag is not returned after the meeting there will be a $50 fee charged.



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