Byron Bay is one of our all time favourite getaway destinations, and whether it be just a long weekend or a relaxing week in the sun, Byron never fails to deliver on great beach times, delicious food and a relaxed vibe which keeps us coming back again and again.

Our favourite things to do in Byron Bay with kids

  1. Relax at the beach.  Enjoy the gorgeous clear waters and relaxed vibe of this friendly coastal town.  Stock up on the buckets, spades and floaty toys and take time to really unwind.  Our favourites are Wategos beach – nestled below the lighthouse at Australia’s Eastern most point – you can bring a picnic or use the BBQs provided on the grass above the beach.  Also check out the Wreck beach, named for the shipwreck still visible off the coast – is a little away from the main crowds.

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  1. A must do for every visit to Byron Bay is a trip to the Lighthouse.  It can be accessed by car on Lighthouse Road, or you can hike along the coast from either the Clarkes Beach for a longer walk, or from Wategos beach for the shorter version.  This isn’t a path that works for prams, but would be perfect with a baby carrier – there are quite a few steps up to the lighthouse.

Lighthouse

  1. Check out the Main Beach playground.  Located right in the centre of town – opposite the pub, this is a good spot to get some climbing and sliding action.
  2. The local Byron Bay types often have a drumming and dancing circle by the beach before sunset – our little one loves buskers and public dancing, so this was right up her alley!  She enjoyed dancing in the circle with some local kids.
  3. Both sunrise and sunset are spectacular in Byron, and with kids you usually get to enjoy both – we had a fantastic vantage point at First Sun Holiday Park, where we watched the sun rise from behind Cape Byron followed by a dawn walk on the beach before breakfast.

Byron Dawn

  1. There’s a huge monthly market in the hinterland at Bangalow, a beautiful township just 15 minutes inland of Byron Bay. On your way back, stop in at the Harvest Cafe in Newrybar for some delicious meals making the most of local organic produce.  They have a good kids menu and highchairs available.
  2. If you’re looking to surf while you’re in Byron Bay is a popular spot for beginners and for those more experienced.  You can rent a board and head over to the Pass to hit the waves.
  3. Take some Mum or Dad time out and book a massage at Byron Herbal Thai Massage  – we always find ourselves booking in when we’re in town and come back feeling years younger and so relaxed.
  4. At Byron Bay Surf and Bike Hire, they rent out bikes with baby seats or trolleys for kids to ride in, as well as little kids bikes.  Byron is flat and easy to get around. Maybe ride up to check out the Arts and Industrial estate, or just cruise along the path beside the beach.
  5. If the weather is wet, it might be worth checking out Circus Arts Byron Bay, where they have an indoor play space as well as rock climbing wall, bouncy castle and circus classes on school holidays.  We’re looking forward to trying place out on our next visit.

Sunrise magic

Where to eat:

  1. If you like your morning coffee with water views, it doesn’t get any better than the Byron Beach Cafe with beach frontage and a great view of the surf.
  2. Miss Margarita is an outstanding Mexican option with a great vibe, tasty tacos and a few options for little Mexican lovers too.  We found this gem on our last visit and grabbed an outside table for an early dinner.  The nachos with chipole chicken were delicious and the kids cheesy quesadilla was a hit.  They also have a few kids toys to keep little ones busy before food arrives.
  3. Another awesome Mexican options is OzyMex Cafe in the centre of town, which has quick, cheap and tasty Mexican – great for some takeaways at the beach.
  4. The Balcony has a great people watching position, upstairs on the corner in the centre of town.  More suited to adult tastes, with great tapas and a decent wine list, there are some good couch seats where kids can play games at the low tables and they offer a few kids meals and provide high chairs.
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