Byron Bay Wetlands

The Byron Wetlands is within the traditional country of the Bundjalung (Arakwal) people of Byron Bay.

These constructed 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 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. 

Visiting the Byron Bay Wetlands

You will need to apply for an access permit before you visit the Byron Bay Wetlands. 

Renew your Access Permit

Existing permit holders are required to renew their access tags due to new security access being installed in July2020. Old tags will not work once the new system is installed. To renew your permit:

  1. Download and complete the form Renewal-Bird-Watching-Access-form-or-existing-applicants.pdf(PDF, 50KB)
  2. Return to us via email
  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. 


  • 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. Download and complete the Application form for bird watching(PDF, 655KB)
  2. Return the form by email to 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. 


Apply for a Visitor's Access Permit

You can apply for a visitor’s permit by:

  1. Download and complete the form Visitors application form for bird watching(PDF, 661KB)
  2. Return the form with your details and credit card information via email
  3. A $50 fee will be charged to credit card if the tag is not returned.
  4. Council staff will contact you to arrange a time to collect the tag from Council’s depot located at 10 Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay.
  5. For any further enquires, please call us on 02 6685 9300

Group Booking Application

Use this form if you would like to book an educational excursion or group booking. 

  1. Download and complete the form Group Booking Form Byron Bay Wetlands(PDF, 650KB)
  2. Return by email to
  3. A Council officer will contact you to confirm the booking and provide access information.
  4. Please read the information about site safety and make sure you sign before you submit your form.  

Interpretive Officer 

We are happy to assist you with your field excursion to make it the most enjoyable experience for your group; an Interpretive Officer may be available on the day subject to request and availability.Use th form to let us know what you require or get in touch. 

Interpretive officers may be available for school excursions or interests groups but are not provided for groups that have booked the centre as part of a course.



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