Family holidays in Byron Bay are blessed with beautiful beaches, stunning nature, and great places to eat. And that’s before you consider all the fun family activities available right here at Elements of Byron.
But sometimes it’s great to get out and about to explore some other things to do in this region.
From drives through the hinterland to discover breathtaking nature to unique markets in picturesque towns, oh and some daredevil theme park rides too, there’s a whole host of fantastic family day trips easily accessed from Byron Bay.
Let’s discover great ways to spend your days in the Byron region.
Explore the Hinterland’s Highlights
It doesn’t take long to reach Byron Bay’s beautiful hinterland. Drive 10 minutes inland from the centre of town and the shimmering blue ocean is replaced with lush green fields, rolling hills and incredible views.
While spending a day exploring the winding roads of Byron’s hinterland is the simplest of freedoms, there are a few key highlights worth putting on your map. Some can be quick pit stops, while for others it’s best to allow a full day.
Go north and inland to discover Mount Warning. This distinctive peak is an hour’s drive from Byron Bay and it’s a two-hour hike to reach the summit from the car park trailhead. En route, there are beautiful views of the Byron hinterland and the promise of a fun scramble near the summit, which will keep those with extra energy bouncing along the trail!
On your way down, stop in at Mavis’s Kitchen for lunch, dinner or afternoon tea out on the grass around this beautiful former dairy farm.
In the hinterland to the west of Byron Bay is Minyon Falls. Its got an eye-popping 100m drop and yet more amazing hinterland hiking opportunities. It’s also just a 45-minute drive from Elements of Byron. To refuel on your way in or out, stop off at Federal’s Doma Cafe for incredible Japanese / Australian fusion food in the sweetest of one-road villages.
Another waterfall worth a visit is Killen Falls, accessed and viewed from a boardwalk, inland of Lennox Head. From here, head to to the natural tea tree lake, Lake Ainsworth, then take a wander along the expansive beach with its impressive waves before stopping in at Williams St Kitchen for some great food. This venue, located directly opposite the beach, has plenty of outdoor seating and a casual vibe (note that it doesn’t serve food 2:30 pm – 4 pm).
Unique Markets – Food, Arts & Crafts
Another thing this region is spoiled with is fantastic markets, offering fresh produce and unique creations from local farmers and artisans.
There are a host of weekly farmers markets within a 30-minute drive of Elements of Byron on weekday mornings as well as monthly weekends markets that alternate between locations. Here, you can taste the freshest produce from all across this rich farming region, as well as meeting the farmers in-person. Each is set in a park, so grab some yummy snacks and enjoy an impromptu picnic! The perfect start to any family day trip!
If you’re looking for more creative inspiration and local crafts, head to one of the arts and crafts markets dotted throughout the Byron region.
To the north, Murwillumbah’s Makers & Finders Market is a hub for vintage wares and artisan produce, featuring live music and a plenty of mature trees to laze beneath. The focus is on arts, fashion and design, so it’s a great place to get creatively-minded kids’ inspiration flowing. It happens every third Saturday of the month and is a 45-minute drive from the resort.
Or visit one of the region’s oldest arts and crafts markets – it’s over 35-years-old! The Channon Market is held every second Sunday of the month and is a 45-minute drive for the resort. It’s retained its ‘Make it, Bake it, Grow it’ ethos as well as its laid-back, creative vibe. Expect to find some unique arts and crafts gems to take home, enjoy the quality live entertainment and generally let time slow down as the kids enjoy the space to run around in this idyllic hinterland village.
Need Some Adrenalin-fuelled Fun?
If so far you’ve thought, “that sounds nice, but the kids will never go along with it”, then perhaps it’s time to pull out a bargaining chip: the range of theme parks just up the road.
A little over an hour north there are a host of theme parks that will satisfy even the most fearless of kids. Check out Wet’n’Wild for a great water park or head to Dreamworld for some epic rollercoasters and more. The latter includes the ‘biggest and best thrill rides in the world’, which will surely turn any holiday sulk into a wide grin!
After a family day trip packed with adrenalin action, perhaps you can enjoy a more serene day. Back in the Byron Shire, enjoy a visit to the tranquil Crystal Castle. Featuring the world’s largest geodes, this haven of calm is a beautiful place to unwind, featuring an enchanted cave and cafe as well as all those beautiful crystals.
The nearby village of Mullumbimby is another place to discover a slower pace of life. This small country town with its two main roads arranged in a cross, is filled with gorgeous local stores and cafes. Head to Punch & Daisy to find a welcoming cafe with great food and a quiet courtyard out the back. Diner 55 featured on our list of best family restaurants, with its large outdoor seating area and play equipment.
When you’ve satisfied your inner adventurer, head back to Elements of Byron to enjoy the unlimited in-house movies, board games or take a dip in the central lagoon pool. However you spend your time in Byron Bay, a family day trip or two is one way to make the most of your stay in this stunning region.
Want more inspiration for things to do in Byron Bay? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Byron Bay.