BYRON: 15 Activities to Try in Byron Bay While Holidaying with Kids

VOGUE HAS A BIT OF A LOVE AFFAIR WITH BYRON BAY SO IT'S LITTLE WONDER THEY'VE SINGLED IT OUT AS THE PLACE TO GO TO CREATE FABULOUS FAMILY HOLIDAY MEMORIES. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE LONG STRETCHES OF PRISTINE BEACH, THE CLEAR BLUE OCEAN AND THE CALM WATERS OF BRUNSWICK RIVER AND SIMPSONS CREEK, WHERE YOU CAN LEARN TO SURF, KAYAK, STAND UP PADDLEBOARD OR TAKE YOUR FIRST FORAY INTO JUST LEARNING TO SWIM.

Then there are workshops just for kids at The Farm, the celebrated, multifaceted foodie business with an ethos of ‘plant it, nurture it until it’s ripe and healthy and inspire a new generation to continue the legacy’.  And of course while the kids are learning how to hone a passion for growing what they eat, the big kids can tuck into the delicious food on offer at Three Blue Ducks restaurant or café where the mantra is about nourishing the community with ethical, quality food and hospitality.  It’s the Byron way.

Maybe it’s a tour of the Sea Turtle Hospital, Macadamia Castle where there’s a mini-train for the littlies and the opp to feed farm animals, or a visit to Crystal Castle to see its giant amethyst egg, towering stature of Buddha and a bit of fantasy face-painting. Horse riding on the beach is the stuff of forever memories and a day lost in one of the myriad of markets that are on every Saturday and Sunday in the area will have an appeal for every member of the family.

Of course staying at The Bower, you might just be tempted to stay put and create your own gourmet picnic – plastic free of course. That’ll mean stuffing the baskets on your Lekker bike – and yes we’ve got bikes for the littlies too – with goodies and setting up a picnic on the grass beside the already IG-famous round swimming pool.  For inspo, see how the creative girls at Spell and The Gypsy do it.

(PS.  Check out our favourite accidental influencer Dimity’s beautiful edit on everything a kid could possibly need for the most stylish beach holiday.  It includes everything from swimwear to sunscreen as well as products she’s used for years such as her Somewhere beach umbrella with its vintage floral print and fringing.)


Now to Vogues 15 activities to try in Byron Bay while holidaying with kids.  

Beach breaks with kids can be a mixed bag. On one hand, there’s beautiful scenery, awe-inspiring wildlife and relaxation together in the sunshine. On the other, there’s sunburn, competitive parking and children who won’t stop screaming because they have sand in their pants.

However, with a bit of planning and plenty of sunscreen, you can give yourself the best chance of a family holiday that is a genuinely delightful. Here are our top picks for things to do with kids in Byron Bay that’ll make memories you’ll treasure.

1. Walk to the Cape Byron Lighthouse
Hike the track up to Australia’s most-easterly point (it starts at Wategoes Beach) spotting turtles, dolphins and whales in the Cape Byron Marine Park as you go.

2. Kayak out to the dolphins
A local business called Go Sea Kayak can take you for a paddle out to places where dolphins love to play.

3. SUP the Brunswick River
Just north of Byron you’ll find Brunswick River and Simpsons Creek, with clear, shallow water at low tide that’s perfect for little ones to paddle in. Older kids can rent a stand-up paddle board and explore the calm waters.

4. Whale watch
Between June and November thousands of humpback whales migrate past Byron. You get a great view of them on the walk up to the lighthouse, however, if you want to get closer a number of local whale watching companies will boat you out into the action.

5. Swim at Tallows Beach
If Byron Bay’s main beach is getting too busy for you, try Tallows. Just south of the lighthouse, this stunning stretch of sand is one of the most photographed beaches in the country.

6. Climb the staircase to the lookout at The Pass
At the south end of Byron’s main beach a pretty set of wooden stairs will lead you up to the lookout at The Pass – the site of many dolphin sightings and marriage proposals.

9. Get zen at The Crystal Castle
While ‘zen child’ might sound like an oxymoron to many parents, the Crystal Castle has a peaceful Buddha Garden full of statues where you can imagine what it would be like to have a calm kid. They also offer face-painting on weekends and during school holidays, a giant amethyst egg, and lots of pretty trinkets for crystal lovers.