Byron Bay Wetlands

Existing pass holders are required to renew their tags due to new security access being installed in July. Old tags will not work once the new system is installed. See Application forms for more information.

Welcome to the Byron Wetlands

The Byron Wetlands is within the traditional country of the Bundjalung (Arakwal) people of Byron Bay. These wetlands are constructed wetlands and 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 and create a wonderful, natural habitat for the support of local flora and fauna diversity.

The wetlands are a great place to bird watch when visiting Byron with more than 227 species spotted.  Habitats and seasons will define where you are likely to see the birds and a variety of water levels provide for different types of waterbirds and shorebirds.

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

Access to the Byron Wetlands is currently restricted to existing pass holders only. New permits will be issued from 1 July 2020.

Application forms

Renew your access tag

Existing pass holders are required to renew their tags due to new security access being installed in July. Old tags will not work once the new system is installed. To renew your pass:

  1. Download and print the renewal form Renewal-Bird-Watching-Access-form-or-existing-applicants.pdf(PDF, 50KB)
  2. Complete the form.
  3. Call 6685 9304 or 6685 9319 to make an appointment to pick up your pass. You will need to provide information to Council from the completed form so please keep this handy. 

Costs

  • There is no cost for existing users to swap over to a new tag.
  • Renewed tags will be valid for two years, after which, a fee will be charged for new tags.
  • New permits/tags will not be issued until a new gate system is in place.
  • New permits will cost $50 as of 1 July 2020.

Apply for a new Access Permit

Use the application form for bird watching to apply for a new permit for the Byron Bay Wetlands. 

  1. Complete the Application form for bird watching(PDF, 655KB)
  2. Return the form by email to council@byron.nsw.gov.au or post to PO Box 219, Mullumbimby NSW 2482. 
  3. A$50 fee is payable. Please complete the Authority to Charge Credit Card section in the form. 

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

 

 

Location

Wallum Place, Byron Bay 2481  View Map

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