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.)