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Explorer Experience Tours

The Explorer Experience reflects Peter and Jo’s desire to share with small groups of adventurers the wonders, history and people who make up the unique and unspoilt Northern Rivers and Highlands of New South Wales as well as the rugged and diverse Australian Outback.

Touring Options

Half Day Tour

Tuesday
8 am pick up Byron Bay, and travelling along the coast for pick ups at Lennox Head & Ballina. Experience a ferry ride across the Richmond River to the cane fields of South Ballina then on to Victoria Park for a boardwalk through a remnant of the ‘Big Scrub’. Koala spotting is next as we make our way to the Summerland House with No Steps, a working Macadamia farm, for morning tea amongst the trees. Then wind our way back to Byron Bay through farmland of avocados, tropical & stone fruit and coffee. After Byron Bay drop offs back to Lennox Head & Ballina via the coast road. Tour time approx 5 hours. Cost $85.00 per person includes morning tea & water. Bring a day pack with hat, sunnies, sunscreen and camera.

Hinterland Trip to the Vineyards – Weekend (Sat /Sun) only

Travelling to Mallanganee Lookout, with sweeping views from Mt Warning to the Highlands, for morning tea. On arrival at Tenterfield we stop at our first winery to commence the weekends activities. Between tastes we will explore the working end of a vineyard. After lunch we will follow the granite belt of the Highlands to wineries in the Ballandeen area. An olive farm is a handy distraction during an afternoon of wine tasting. Late afternoon back to our accommodation in Tenterfield & an evening meal at a historic pub. After breakfast on Sunday we take a steep scenic trip up Mt MacKenzie with fleeting glimpses of wildlife amongst the rugged landscape. The scenic & imposing ‘draining rock’ & numerous ‘balancing rocks’ will afford stunning photo opportunities as we trek to our first winery of the day. We have a great lunch at our last winery & then trace our steps back through the small timber and cattle villages of Drake & Tabulam to the coast, arriving late afternoon for drop off.

Rainbow Country Snapshot Tour

Wednesday
8am pick up Ballina, then Lennox Head & Byron Bay. Travel to Uki, centred in the heart of the Mt Warning caldera, through wet sclerophyll forests of Mt Jerusalem National Park. On to Mebbin National Park for a picnic lunch after a short walk to Byrrill Creek. Next stop the alterative lifestyle town of Nimbin for a wander past psychedelic murals and funky shops. At Terania Creek we take the track to Protesters Falls passing through stands of palms and catching a glimpse of rainforest fauna. Late afternoon we return to your accommodation through the hinterland dotted with macadamia and coffee plantations. Tour time approx. 10 hours.
Cost $160.00 per person includes morning tea, lunch & water. Bring a day pack with hat, sunnies, sunscreen and camera. Wear closed footwear suitable for bush walking.

Activites and Experiences at Explorer Experience Tours

  • Direct
  • Active
  • Rural/Country
  • Eco Tourism
  • Environmental
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Food and Wine
  • National Park
  • Nature based
  • Off road
  • Rainforest
  • Relaxation
  • Wildlife
  • World Heritage

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