Deciding what to do while on holidays can be overwhelming. Why not choose activities that give back to the community and environment! Here's a list to make it easier for you.
The Australian Seabird Rescue, Research, Rehabilitation and Coastal Education Centre in Ballina offers a comprehensive educational experience for people of all ages.
The centre hosts school holiday tours and can run group tours (for 10 or more) at any time and can also provide morning tea or lunch.
An Australian Seabird Rescue team member will talk to people about the life-saving work they do, display photos of rescues and releases and show how they catch injured birds. Then it’s out to the sea turtle nest display to learn about sea turtles nesting on our beaches in the Summer.
The tours run for approximately one hour and cost $8 per person. Now that's money well spent!
Nestled in a beautiful patch of rainforest in the Ballina/Byron hinterland, Cape Byron Distillery have a passion for excellence, sustainability and giving back to our local community. They offer rainforest and gin tasting tours, guided tastings and cocktails on the balcony.
In 1988, Pam & Martin Brook bought a rundown dairy farm and over 35,000 subtropical rainforest trees were planted. Today, this landscape where the distillery sits has transformed into a haven for birds and wildlife.
Martin Brook (Brookie) is Vice President of the Big Scrub Rainforest Conservancy (Previously called Big Scrub Landcare) whose mission is to preserve what is left of what was once the largest subtropical rainforest in Australia, the Big Scrub. As well as encourage other landowners to plant subtropical trees.
Of the 25 botanicals in Brookie’s Byron Dry Gin, 17 are sourced locally, many from their own patch of rainforest. A true taste of the rainforest!
Not just a fun place to visit, The Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is owned and operated by Wildlife Recovery Australia (WRA). WRA is a joint venture between Odonata Foundation and Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital.
Australia’s largest Mobile Wildlife Hospital ‘Matilda’ lives on site at the Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and every dollar spent at the Sanctuary is reinvested in conservation, rehabilitation, and keeping the hospital running.