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Julian Rocks “Nguthungulli” Nature Reserve

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Julian Rocks “Nguthungulli” Nature Reserve

Julian Rocks from Main Beach
Located just 2.5 km off from Main Beach in Byron Bay and nestled within the Cape Byron Marine Park, Julian Rocks “Nguthungulli” Nature Reserve is one of Australia’s top rated dive sites!

Just below the surface, the convergence of warm tropical and cool temperate waters create a unique underwater biodiversity, hosting more than 1000 species of marine life.
From Sea Turtles to Manta Rays, hundreds of colourful fish species, Leopard Sharks, Eagle Rays, Grey Nurse Sharks, Dolphins and a myriad of invertebrate life including a huge array of corals, Julian Rocks is a real underwater heaven where you will swim with some of the ocean’s most awe-inspiring marine life.
Leopard shark and green turtle
Birds at Julian Rocks

Above the water, Julian Rocks provide resting and nesting grounds for many seabirds, such as seagulls and cormorants.

Julian Rocks Nature Reserve is classed as a Sanctuary Zone, providing the highest level of protection to habitat, animals, plants and areas of cultural significance by prohibiting all forms of fishing and collecting activities, and anchoring on reefs.
Its protection supports a rich biodiversity including some threatened and protected species. 
Manta ray and leopard sharks
Julian Rocks view from the sky

Julian Rocks have been recently listed as one of the 21 best dive sites in the world by National Geographic and is among the top 3 snorkelling spots in Australia.

Join on onboard our Byron Bay Snorkelling tour and discover the wonders Julian Rocks “Nguthungulli” Nature Reserve

The Aboriginal Legend Of Julian Rocks

Julian Rocks is a significant and sacred Aboriginal site to the Bundjalung of Byron Bay (Arakwal) people and is known as “Nguthungulli”.

In one story, “Nguthungulli”, Father of the World, who created all the land and the waters, the animals and plants, now rests in a cave at Julian Rocks.

The Elders have instructed over the generations that Nguthungulli must be protected from any misuse or it will cause destruction.

Bundjalung people used to walk to Nguthungulli to do ceremonies when the water levels were lower 7000 years ago.

Julian Rocks at Sunset
humpback whale calf

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Whale watching Byron bay

Come Whale Watching with an experienced professional crew on our purpose built vessel “Apollo 2” in the magical pristine waters of Byron Bay

Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)

sea turtle byron bay

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Snorkelling Byron bay

Snorkel with Turtles , manta rays, leopard sharks and more at Julian Rocks Marine sanctuary! Jump on board Apollo 2 our purpose built dive boat for a fast and exciting trip to the rock! Guides and all gear provided.

Duration: 2.5 Hours (approx.)