Byron Bay might not be everyone’s cup of organic chai tea but if you’re looking for a magical family holiday, it’s the place to go. Babies and kids will love the beach lifestyle while parents will appreciate the laidback and relaxed vibe of Byron. Here’s a guide to Byron Bay with kids including attractions, kid-friendly places to eat and family accommodation.
Visit the Beaches
Speaking of beaches, this is a major drawcard of Byron Bay. Whether you’re surfing, swimming or just walking by the beach, you’re spoiled for choice. Best family-friendly beaches include Main Beach (surf patrolled), Clarkes Beach and Wategos Beach. It’s easy to spend hours at the beach. Kids love building sandcastles, collecting shells and splashing in the waves.
Do the Byron Bay Lighthouse Walk
Don’t leave Byron without visiting the iconic Cape Byron lighthouse, the most easterly point of mainland Australia. It’s a 3.7km walk to the lighthouse (great workout with a stroller) or you can drive up and park for the day. From the lighthouse grounds, you’ll see amazing views of the surrounding area.
If you get a chance, take a guided tour of the lighthouse. It’s available for adults and kids 5 and over. The tour involves learning about the history of the lighthouse, climbing up the stairs and seeing the lantern before stepping out to the lighthouse balcony. Short of hang-gliding over Byron, this is the best way to see panoramic views of the region.
Insider Tip: If you’re driving up to the lighthouse, hold on to your ticket and come back to watch the sun set.
Discover Macadamia Castle
South of Byron Bay is Macadamia Castle & Animal Park, a great place to take kids. Although the park isn’t that large, there’s heaps of fun activities and you can easily spend three or four hours here. Kids will love all of the creatures including ducks, chickens, goats, alpacas, lambs, calves, snakes, lizards and kangaroos.
The highlight of the park is getting up close to the animals during feeding time. Milk and feed are provided so you can bottle-feed hungry lambs and calves or feed sheep, alpacas and kangaroos. There’s also a reptile show where you can hold snakes and baby crocodiles or if you prefer some softer and cuter, a rabbit petting session. In between animal shows, there’s plenty to do including a mini-golf course, train rides, a tree house playground and a sandpit playground. There’s also free face painting on most Sundays and during school holidays.
If your family gets hungry, you can use the free BBQs at the park to cook up some food or have a delicious snack or meal at the Macadamia Castle café. If your family loves pancakes, check out the pancake menu. Locals rave about the pancakes here and we saw plenty of travellers breaking up their driving journey to tuck into some stacks!
Insider Tip: Don’t leave the castle without sampling some of the macadamia nuts at the Nut Bar. They are delicious and you’ll find it hard to leave without buying some.
419 Hinterland Way Knockrow NSW
02 6687 8432
Meditate at Crystal Castle
You can’t come to Byron Bay and not experience some crystals. Just a short drive into Byron Bay’s hinterland will bring you to Crystal Castle, a magical sanctuary. Fans of Crystal Castle rave that they can feel the positive energy as soon as they enter the park. If you want to fully embrace the mysticism of Byron Bay, visit and wander through the 5 hectares of botanical gardens. You can sit in an ancient amethyst cave called the Dragon’s Egg, touch the World Peace Stupa, a project blessed by the Dalai Lama and stand between two of the tallest crystals on earth.
Kids will have fun exploring the gardens and looking at the huge crystals placed throughout the garden. They will need to be mindful that it is a place for meditation so they will need to be quiet. There’s a children’s playground with free face painting on weekends and during school holidays. Plus, have your photo take in front of the beautiful Wings to Eternity mural.
Insider tip: If you purchase a crystal in the gift shop, hold on to your Crystal Castle brochure as it contains a guide on how to care for crystals.
Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens
81 Monet Drive, Mullumbimby NSW
02 6684 3111
Enjoy The Farm
Visit The Farm, a real working farm in Byron Bay which houses a number of small microbusinesses including Three Blue Ducks Restaurant and Produce Store, The Bread Social and The Garden Shed. Here families can learn about where food comes from by observing farming practices during a farm tour or just wandering around the 80 acres of land on a self-guided tour. Kids can get up close to (but not touch) chickens, pigs and cows. Kids can run around the macadamia and pecan trees and play in the timber playground. Parents don’t miss out with delicious locally-produced food from the on-site restaurant, cafe, bakery, gelato and produce store
If you’re visiting during school holidays, sign the kids up for a Mini Farmer holiday program. Kids become mini farmers and get set to work doing farm chores, collecting and cleaning eggs, checking fences, feeding animals, clearing paddocks and more. They can also do a school holiday workshop ‘Farm Kids’ which introduces concepts such bee pollination, organic farming, healthy soil and composting to younger kids.
Insider tip: Bring a picnic rug with you. Purchase some goodies from the produce shop and have a picnic in the farm grounds.
11 Ewingsdale Road, Ewingsdale NSW
02 6684 7888
Stop by Circus Arts in Byron Bay. It’s open daily serving great coffee, fresh juices and healthy homemade meals. It’s a great indoor spot on rainy day. Kids will enjoy hours of fun in the Play Space that’s designed for ages 1 to 10. Parents can chill out and relax as kids can amuse themselves with toys, books, puzzles, cars, building bridge, jumping castle and the climb and slide! There’s also a climbing wall suitable for ages 4 and over.
If you’re visiting Byron Bay during the school holidays, sign up for half or full day circus programs, flying trapeze, Ninja Warrior kids classes and free balloon twisting workshops.
Circus Arts Byron Bay
17 Centennial Cct, Arts & Industry Park, Byron Bay NSW
02 6685 6566
Visit a market in Byron Bay
If you’re in the mood to shop on your holiday, there’s plenty to choose from. There are markets every week in the region. The biggest though are the Byron Bay Markets which run on the first Sunday of the month. Allow for a couple of hours at this large market which covers a few acres. There are tons of stalls including handcrafted products, clothes, artwork, face painting, locally grown fruit and produce. Don’t bother to eat before the market. There are dozens of tasty food options including organic treats, vegetarian options and international cuisine. There’s entertainment as well.
The Byron Farmers Market runs every Thursday morning and offers fresh organic fruit and veggies, gourmet treats and local coffee if you feel like cooking at your holiday place. There’s also additonal markets at neighbouring communities.
Byron Bay Markets
Butler Street Reserve, Byron Bay NSW
Find Fairy Houses on Brunswick Heads Fairy Trail
Follow the Fairy Trail in nearby Brunswick Heads. All around the town, there are little hidden fairy houses to be found. The fairy houses are created from recycled and found objects and each fairy house is occupied by a fairy that displays a positive message about living simply, being kind, being loving, and protecting nature. There is a clue sheet available at The Visitors Centre to guide you to explore the Fairy Trail, or download it from the link below.
Brunswick Fairy Trail
Various locations, Brunswick Heads NSW
Take a dip in Lake Ainsworth
Take a drive 25 minutes south to Lake Ainsworth in Lennox Head. Known as ‘Tea Tree Lake’, this is a freshwater lake coloured with oil from nearby Tea Tree plants. The oil from the plants drips into the water colouring the water and creating an oily film. It’s perfectly safe to soak in the lake and you’ll find that your skin feels soft after a dip.
Note: Blue-green algae has previously closed Lake Ainsworth over summer. Updates on water quality can be found by visiting the Water NSW website.
Pacific Parade, Lennox Head NSW
Get a massage or do a yoga class
Being a health and wellness mecca, there are dozens of massage places and yoga studios to choose from in Byron. A local recommended Sattva Yoga and Massage which offers massages and drop in yoga classes upstairs at the Surf Club at Main Beach from Monday to Saturday. The setup is basic – just a massage table in front of an ocean view complete with the sound of waves– but the massages are amazing. For those who need a yoga session, they offer hatha yoga, gentle yoga and hatha vinyasa yoga
Sattva Yoga and Massage
Upstairs at Surf Club at Main Beach, Byron Bay NSW
0403 266 917
Where to Eat With Kids in Byron Bay
Ah yes, the restaurants!!! Byron Bay is a food lover’s dream with plenty of options including gluten-free, organic and vegan. This wide range of cafes and restaurants makes it easy to enjoy delicious food when dining with babies and children. Most restaurants are welcoming of babies and kids and have high chair available.
Earth n Sea Pizza provides crayons and colouring paper to kids to keep them busy while they wait for their pizza or pasta to arrive. It’s an iconic pizza restaurant which has been open for decades. They also have a take away available so you can order a home (or hotel) delivery option. Suffolk Park Hotel has a fully-enclosed playground is sure to keep the kids entertained for hours on end. The deck overlooks the playground and garden areas, so you can enjoy your meal while you watch kids play.
The Treehouse at Belongil is another great place for a casual eat especially the wood-fired pizzas. Their Nutella Dessert Calzone a delicious combination of chocolate and strawberry. Head here before or after a dip at Belongil Beach.
The Byron Beach Café at Clarke’s Beach is a great spot for breakfast. Brush turkeys and the amazing view will keep kids happy. For great coffee, visit Top Shop. It’s a cool, relaxed café with healthy food. You can sit inside or just sit on the front grass with your baby or kids like everyone else.
If you have a fussy baby or an energetic toddler who won’t sit still in restaurants, pick up takeaway lunch or dinner from Bay Lane behind Main Beach. This “eat street” is full of restaurants offering a range of cuisines from Seafood, Indian, Thai, Asian, Sushi and lots more.
Byron Bay Family Accommodation
For a place to sleep, there are heaps of different accommodation available in Byron Bay. We recommend checking out Trip Advisor and looking at different accommodation options.
We also suggest visiting the Airbnb and Stayz websites and searching for child-friendly properties. Many of these properties provide a portacot, high chair, baby bath and beach toys. Also check holiday letting places such as Destination Byron Bay who can recommend child-friendly rentals.
One year, we booked a unit in the Calinda Sol complex near Clarkes Beach. It is perfect for families with babies and younger children as it has a swimming pool with a toddler area. Another time, we stayed in a fantastic holiday apartment in Bayview Beachfront Apartment block across the street from Main Beach. Fantastic views of the ocean, a heated pool and close to everything in town made it a dream rental. Only drawback was the number of stairs to our top floor apartment so not really suitable for kids in strollers. However, an alternative for families with babies or toddlers is the ground floor apartments which can be accessed without navigating stairs.
If you’re planning on camping or staying in a caravan, check out the holiday parks in Byron Bay. Clarkes Beach Caravan Park is in a top spot with direct beach access and only 10 minutes walk from the centre of town and close to the Lighthouse. They offer unpowered and powered sites and cabins.
There’s also Discovery Park Byron Bay which is near Belongil Beach. At this holiday park, kids will enjoy the water park, pool, jumping castle and full tennis court.
Keep in mind that the popularity of Byron Bay means it can be a zoo in the months of December and January and during school holidays. Visiting outside of these peak periods is a much better option with lower accommodation costs and less people on the beach, in town and in restaurants.
Ballina and Lennox Head are nearby and offer more value for accommodation. We’ve previously stayed at the Grandview Apartments in Ballina and enjoyed our stay in a self-catering apartment.
It’s a 7 – 8 hour drive from Newcastle to Byron Bay (624 kilometres) via the Pacific Highway.
You can also fly direct from Newcastle to the Ballina-Byron Airport via Air Pelican.
Jetstar flies direct to the Gold Coast. From here, you can hire a car or book a seat on the Byron Bay Express coach from Coolangatta Airport to Jonson Street in Byron Bay. The journey takes 55 minutes.
For more information about Byron Bay and surrounds,check out the Visit Byron Bay website.