Looking for things to do in Byron Bay with kids? You’re in luck.
Byron is the ultimate family holiday destination all year round. It’s a nature-lover’s wonderland with pristine beaches, outdoor activities, great food and fun for all the family. You could spend a month, a week or weekend here and discover something new every day.
Bring the kids to Byron Bay for the greatest holiday ever.
1. OUTDOOR FUN AT ELEMENTS
Central Lagoon Pool
You don’t even need to leave Elements to enjoy your Byron escape. Our shallow Central Lagoon Pool is heated making it the perfect spot for little ones to splash around all day.
Summer or winter, the sun is often shining in Byron so you can sit back and enjoy poolside service in a private cabana while the kids splash around in the pool.
Take the swimmers, rashies, boogie boards, and buckets and spades down to Belongil Beach to swim, relax and catch waves.
Lifeguards patrol the beach every Saturday and Sunday and throughout school holidays.
There are so many wonderful beaches in the Byron area, check out our guide to the best beaches for families in Byron Bay.
Situated on 20 hectares of native bushland with four different ecologies, Elements provides a safe and fun environment for kids to explore and spot wildlife.
Take a trek around our 2km signposted walking trails through the rainforest or take off on a self-directed trail with a map from reception. There are plenty of scheduled guided walks to enjoy.
Kids adventure playground
Let the kids run, jump, swing and play in our all-natural adventure playground. It will keep even the most energetic children occupied for hours.
Inspired by parkour and made from natural wood there’s plenty of physical challenges for excited little humans to expend their energy. The natural agility course is reminiscent of climbing trees in the open countryside with soft sand at the base.
Stand at the sidelines and offer encouragement or sit at one of the nearby picnic benches and watch while the little ones play. Or, if you want to be more involved, the whole family can take part in a game of giant chess or bocce located near the adults only pool.
Horse riding at Elements
At the end of the resort there’s 1.5 kilometres of untouched beach where you can go for a trot, gallop or canter. Catering to all levels and abilities, Zephyr Horses offers horse riding on the beach and in the rainforest. Zephyr also offers Horseback Educational Tours where kids can learn about the sustainable agriculture operation at The Farm Byron Bay (for kids 12+).
2. The Farm
Just 5 minutes’ drive away, The Farm offers lots for kids to see and do. It’s a working farm and eatery, and provides an enchanting insight into the region’s semi-rural vibe.
A trip to The Farm is a welcome day any time of year, with delicious seasonal food, plenty of room for kids to run and play, and lots of cute farm animals that you can see close up (just don’t touch!). On weekends you can pull up a beanbag and relax under the shade of a tree.
Treat yourself to great sandwiches and cakes from the deli, fine dining at Three Blue Ducks restaurant or grab a plate of pulled pork and slaw at the rustic weekend BBQ (highly recommended!).
For more ideas on where to eat check out the best family restaurants in Byron.
3. DOLPHIN SEA KAYAK TOUR
Whether it’s summer or winter school holidays, a fantastic way to spend 3 hours with kids in Byron Bay is paddling across the Bay. Go Sea Kayak offer Dolphin Sea Kayak tours that take you to the most likely spots where you’ll see local dolphins play in the surf.
Tours depart all year round at 9.30am and 2pm. Safety gear, wetsuits and accommodation pick up are included.
Stand Up Paddle
For something more leisurely, hire a SUP board from Byron Stand Up Paddle and take a slow meander along the river at Brunswick Heads. If the kids still have extra energy, they can jump off the footbridge at high tide.
Sea Turtle Tour
The Sea Turtle Hospital tour in Ballina is a great educational activity for the kids where they will get to see the turtles up-close and learn about work in rescue.
Entry fee for children aged 6-15 is $30, adults $50. The day starts at 9.30am and you’ll be back in Byron by lunch time. While you’re out that way, try The Belle General in East Ballina for a delicious family friendly lunch.
4. FLY HIGH AT THE CIRCUS!
Are you game to test your airborne skills at Circus Arts Byron?
Open 7 days a week, come rain or shine, Circus Arts Byron is great for kids of any age with something for toddlers, teens, adults and everything in between. The kids can have heaps of fun scaling the indoor climbing wall, flipping somersaults on the Olympic size trampoline, flying through the air on a trapeze or rolling along the 10m tumble track.
During school holidays the circus offers age-specific activities and school holiday programs for kids as young as 1, right up to adults – there’s never a dull moment! Once you’re worn out and hungry you can head to the on-site cafe for healthy bites, juices, tea and coffee.
5. Macadamia Castle
Only a 20-minute drive from Elements in the beautiful Byron hinterland, The Macadamia Castle is a Byron Bay family holiday favourite. Perfect for all ages, there’s a daily program of fun activities including feeding the farm animals, holding the rabbits and enjoying the delicious macadamia-sprinkled pancakes.
Animal Fun Park
Under 5s will love the train that meanders around the park while older kids and teens can learn about conservation and wildlife at the daily talks given by the friendly animal keepers.
Active kids will love the climbing frame and 18-hole mini golf. It’s a great way to spend the day and enjoy a barrel of wholesome fun.
6. The Crystal Castle
A visit to Byron with kids isn’t complete without a day trip to the Crystal Castle. Located in the rainforest just a 10 minute drive from Elements, the Crystal Castle is a fabulous family escape.
Make a wish as you walk round the Shambala Garden Labyrinth and end the day with the soothing Daily Peace Experience at 3:10pm.
See if you can squeeze the whole family inside the huge amethyst egg before strolling 500m through the Buddha Garden – filled with giant statues. If you’re there at the weekends or during school holidays you can book the kids in for face painting.
There’s no end of fun things to do in Byron Bay with kids. Check out some more family day trips and come back again!
7. LET’S GO SURFING
Minimum age 5 years old
One of the undisputed best things to do in Byron with kids is surf – and you can do it all year round. Catching waves at The Pass is a firm favourite for families as the angle of the bay makes for perfectly formed, small waves almost every day of the year.
Didn’t bring a board? No problem, Let’s Go Surfing, based in the heart of Byron Bay offers surf lessons and board rental for all levels. Allow roughly 2 hours for a beginner lesson.
8. SKATEBOARD SCHOOL
At Byron Bay Skateboard School kids can improve their balance, build confidence and have fun at the same time. You can even book the kids into private lessons. And the best part? It’s just down the road from Elements in the Arts and Industrial Estate – about 5-minutes’ walk.
Why not grab a coffee or snack at Barrio on the way back. It’s open all day from 7am to 9pm.
9. RIDE THE WORLD’S FIRST SOLAR TRAIN
The world’s first and still the only full sized fully solar powered train is right here in Byron Bay. Ride between North Beach Station, just outside the entrance to Elements of Byron Resort, and Byron Beach Platform on the 1949 era two carriage heritage beauty. Children can walk between the carriages, talk to the Driver and learn about carbon positive travel. Adults $4 one way, children 6 – 13 years $2 one way, children under 6 free. www.byronbaytrain.com.au
Want more inspiration for things to do in Byron Bay? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Byron Bay.