People / Planet / Wildlife
October 12, 2020

Explore Aboriginal Byron Bay with Delta Kay on a cultural walking tour

Words by Matt Leedham
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Three Sisters, Broken Head, Byron Bay

If you want to gain a deeper understanding of the local Arakwal Bundjalung people and the cultural significance of Byron Bay’s spectacular coast and rainforest, then these small-group walking tours are for you.

Far too many people come to Byron Bay and miss out on experiencing the true spirit of what makes this place so magical and unique.

And that’s a big shame.

Because there’s so much more to Byron than just walking the Lighthouse track, celebrity spotting and Yoga classes in designer activewear.

As a proud Arakwal Bundjalung custodian (that’s the Country you will be on), Delta Kay is committed to working in genuine partnership with the local community to promote awareness, understanding and mutual respect between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

Born out of a desire to make positive, transformational change through story, Delta will share the significance and local history of the land as you walk together amongst the lush beauty at Cape Byron or Broken Head on these special small-group tours.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn some Bundjalung language along the two-hour guided walks through some of Byron Bay’s most spectacular scenery, as well as find out the facts behind bush tucker (food), natural medicine, tools, weapons and artefacts.

Reconnect with nature and take home lifelong memories and stories to pass on through generations and help bridge the much-needed gap between cultures.

And the good news? These Explore Byron Bay tours are for everyone of all ages.

Ready to explore? Let’s go.

The Cape Byron (Walgun) Tour

As the most easterly part of the Australian mainland, Walgun (Cape Byron) played an important role in many Dreaming stories and was a special place for ceremony, learning and spiritual inspiration.

On this tour, you’ll go on a moderate 1.5km (2-hour) return walk to learn about significant places and hear local history and traditional stories.

Along the way, you’ll likely see an abundance of wildlife, including dolphins, wallabies and Fairy Wrens, to name a few. From the coastal rainforest to crashing waves and rocky cliffs, the views on this tour are extraordinary.

Cape Byron Aboriginal tours are available on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, starting at 4:30 pm until 6.30 pm.

The Broken Head Tour

A Dreamtime story of the Three Sisters Rock tells of three sisters going swimming off the headland at Broken Head never to return.

So what happened to them?

On this tour, you’ll hear the fabled story via a moderate 1.6 km (2-hour) return walk overlooking the ocean while learning about significant places and hearing local history and traditional stories.

Learn some Bundjalung language and find out about bush tucker (food), natural medicine, tools, weapons and artefacts.

You’ll likely see plenty of wildlife off the coast, such as pods of dolphins and whales in season as well as wallabies and the white-bellied sea eagle, to name a few in the hinterland. From the coastal rainforest to crashing waves and rocky coves, the views here are magic.

Broken Head Aboriginal tours take place Friday mornings, starting at 10 am until 12 noon.

The details

Explore Byron Bay have a maximum group size of 10 people and offer free pick-up and drop-off services for guests within 6km of the Byron Bay CBD.

Flat shoes are recommended to wear, and please bring a water bottle, hat and sunscreen. A pair of binoculars is also a great idea if you have some, especially in winter and spring, as you’ll have some great opportunities to spot migrating Humpback whales.

Boogulbeh – thank you, Delta Kay