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Byron at Byron Rainforest Tour

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Set within 45-acres of magical sub-tropical rainforest, Byron at Byron has been designed and built with care and concern for this unique environment. 

There are three main plant communities on the site; Bangalow Palm rainforest (lowland subtropical rainforest on floodplain), Paperbark forest (swamp sclerophyll forest on coastal floodplain), and Coastal Cypress Pine forest.

Watch here and wander through the rainforest with us and discover... 

Meditation Walk

Follow the meandering boardwalks through the rainforest to Meditation Walk. A tranquil location surrounded by nature and lily-filled ponds. The walk leads past a series of inspirational quotes to Meditation Point where you can rest and read the guiding sign, transforming your thoughts to a more peaceful and calm state.

Viewing platform overlooking Tallow Lake

This viewing platform overlooks an ICOLL which is an “intermittent opening and closing lake and lagoon”. This is an important and dynamic system whereby the sandbar opens and allows the lagoon’s water to drain into the ocean giving the mangroves and trees a rest from flood waters and a chance to regenerate. 

Paperbark Forest

Aka Melaleuca quinquenervia. A swamp sclerophyll forest on coastal floodplain, classified as an “Endangered Ecological Community” under the TSC Act* 1995. Exotic grasses have been controlled to allow regeneration of native species such as grasses, sedges, rushes, reeds and seedlings of native tree species. It also provides habitat for birds such as the Black Bittern, the Bush Hen and a tiny mammal, the Common Planigale, all Threatened Species under the TSC Act* 1995.

Coastal Cypress Pine Forest

Aka Callitris columnellaris. This uncommon forest type is undergoing regeneration to encourage the germination and growth of the Coastal Cypress Pine and other native species. Eight species of ground orchids have been identified in this forest. 

Bangalow Palm Rainforest

Aka Archontophoenix cunninghamii. A lowland subtropical rainforest on floodplain, classified as an “Endangered Ecological Community” under the TSC Act* 1995. It provides a habitat for approximately 50 species of native plants including a rare threatened species, the Ground Orchid (Geodorum neocalendonicum).