Brunswick Heads is just 15 minutes drive from Byron and tucked into the inlet on the other side of the river is this protected, calm beach with beautiful views of the Hinterland and Mt Chincogan behind. It's a little piece of paradise which can be accessed the long way round by driving through Ocean Shores and New Brighton along North Head Rd and into the North Head Nature Reserve. Or you could hire a canoe or boat and paddle to the other side of the river with your picnic and maybe a fishing rod or two on board and just kick back and enjoy another long lazy day in this most beautiful part of the world.
For a bit of wild swimming, Killen Falls, a large round swimming hole with a 10m waterfall at one end and just 25 mins from Byron is the place to be. There you'll be surrounded by some of the last remaining stands of intact Big Scrub rainforest, and the sounds you'll hear are of birdsong and waters flowing down the 10m metre waterfall across the face of the naturally hollowed out cliffside into the pool below. When the water's clear - which is most of the time - its a great spot for snorkelling with lots of spotting of larger fish and its uneven rocky base makes for interesting exploring too. And of course if you're brave enough you can stand under the powerful waterfall and marvel at this beautiful gift from nature. To get there, take the pathway from the carpark at the end of Killen Falls Drive and then it's a short, hilly walk down an unpaved trail. And once you're at the waterhole, there are plenty of flat areas to set up your picnic.
Minyon Falls is a 100m straight-down plunge waterfall with a magical and mystical swimming pool at its base. It's in the Nightcap National Park and its World Heritage listed subtropical rainforests, volcanic remants, ridges, gorges, creeks, walking tracks and the beautiful falls are a must. A 13km walk will take you deep into the misty rainforest, past smaller creeks and estuaries, en route to Repentance Creek, where its waters flow over massive rhyolite cliffs to the natural swimming hole below. Too far? Take the 4km roundtrip down a steep path to the bottom of the gorge for a dip in the crystal-clear, fresh waters of Minyon Falls and just lie back and wonder at the miracle of nature.